Do you want your writing to stand out from the norm? If so, it’s a good idea to quit using the same tired phrases other people use.
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- Informal or Personal Alternatives to With Gratitude
- Formal or Business Alternatives to With Gratitude
- Alternatives to With Gratitude for a Cover Letter
For example, when you write a Facebook sympathy message, turn your words up a notch — “I’m sorry for your loss” can seem meaningless if 15 other people have made the same comment before you. Or try to write something different than your usual get well wish when a card is passed around the office.
Here’s a list of phrases you can use to sign an email or letter.
Informal or Personal Alternatives to “With Gratitude”
You may communicate through email dozens of times a day. How do you sign off on each of the messages you send? Here are some alternatives to the phrase “with gratitude” that you can consider using for a quick, informal letter to coworkers or friends.
If this communication is somewhat routine or between close colleagues or friends, you may consider punctuating the closing with an exclamation point instead of a comma.
Sometimes this quick, perfect word of appreciation is all you need. Why overthink it?
2. You’re the best!
Did someone do something for you that was out of the ordinary? Be choosy when you use this closing. You don’t want to use “You’re the best!” in just any situation.
3. I appreciate you!
Do you truly appreciate a person in your organization? Tell him or her. This is a great way to close an email to your administrative assistant, your child’s teacher, or even your spouse.
4. You’re a lifesaver!
Did someone catch a mistake before it became a problem? Are you writing to a person who covered your shift at work? Maybe you need to thank someone who completed some of your work when you were swamped. Use “You’re a lifesaver” on these occasions.
5. You’re the bomb!
You probably don’t want your emails to get flagged at work, but this is a fun way to express appreciation. Just make sure that the phrase doesn’t land you on a government watch list.
6. Thanks a bunch!
This is a perky, happy way to express appreciation.
7. Thanks a million!
The phrase “Thanks a million!” looks better than writing it this way: “1,000,000,000 thanks!”
This closing seems to have bubbled up in the U.S. during the last few years. It sounds like someone’s holding up a glass of bubbly just for you. It’s a fun way to close an email or letter.
“Best!” arrived on the email scene within the last few years. It doesn’t express much appreciation but is a shortened version of “Best wishes!”
10. I owe you!
Why not tell the receiver that you’ll do something nice for them in return? This closing should also be reserved for the perfect situation — but make sure you deliver on your promise.
Formal or Business Alternatives to “With Gratitude”
The closings listed in the previous section all ended with exclamation marks but more formal closings should conclude with a comma. Think back to what you learned from your high school English and business teachers and stay true to those grammar rules.
The following closings would be appropriate to use when communicating with a business associate that you don’t know well.
11. All my thanks,
When a simple “thanks” doesn’t cover it, remember to use this closing if you want to thank someone for something. Otherwise, it may be a strange way to close an email.
12. Thank you for everything you do,
Are you writing a formal letter to someone who has done a lot to help you in your business life? This may be the appropriate way to end the message.
13. Gratefully yours,
Use this closing if you are genuinely grateful for a benefit you have received. Otherwise, signing “gratefully yours” would sound odd.
14. Thanks for your consideration,
Sign a message, “Thanks for your consideration” if you appreciate that the person may offer an appointment, give you a job, or give you business.
15. With appreciation,
“Appreciation” is a level or two above the word “thanks” on the gratefulness scale.
16. Kind regards,
“Kind regards” doesn’t specifically communicate that you are thankful for something, but this is a way to communicate respect.
Cordially means “with intense feeling.” The use of the word peaked in the 1850s. Why not start a movement to increase its usage?
This closing is especially appropriate when you communicate with a person who holds a higher rank in your organization. Although it doesn’t explicitly offer gratitude, it’s still a gracious way to end an email.
19. Yours truly,
“Yours truly” sounds really formal, so be sure you find the most appropriate place for it in a letter or email.
20. Warm regards,
“Warm regards” would be a great line to use above your signature when you send a funeral thank you card. It still sounds formal enough to send to someone you may not know well but has a more intimate feel than some of the other options on our list.
Alternatives to “With Gratitude” for a Cover Letter
A potential employer may very well scrutinize your cover letter. He or she will look at your writing skills to determine whether you’re an effective communicator.
Give care and attention to every part of your cover letter, including the closing. A cover letter calls for a more formal comma rather than an exclamation mark.
21. Sincerely yours,
Express gratitude for being considered for a position at some point in the body of the cover letter. You may want to end the communication with a more typical and formal closing. “Sincerely yours” is a good choice.
For a less formal-sounding closing than “Sincerely yours,” you may consider signing off with just “Sincerely.”
23. Best regards,
“Best regards” is a great closing for a cover letter. It tells the receiver that you think highly of him or her.
24. All the best,
“All the best” sounds a tad informal but it could be used in a cover letter.
25. Thank you for your attention,
It takes time and energy to find the right person for the job. Thanking the reader for giving the proper attention to the task is a nice thing to do.
Make sure you spell “appreciatively” correctly if you use it in your cover letter. There are a few extra syllables in the word that people tend to leave out.
27. Looking forward to hearing from you,
This closing may be a little presumptive, but it also gives your letter a confident edge to it. You are so sure that you will hear from them about the potential job that you thank the person ahead of time.
28. Many thanks for this opportunity,
Are you looking for a way to close a thank you for an interview? This closing implies that you see the job as a positive choice — or an opportunity.
29. With thanks and appreciation,
Don’t sign your cover letter with just “thanks.” Add some qualifiers such as the ones in this phrase.
30. Thank you for your consideration,
Signing a cover letter in this manner implies that you are being considered for a job.
Finding the right words can be tricky. You may face dilemmas when you choose other words at other times of your life. Maybe you struggle to find the right words to say on your college graduation thank you card for your parents. Or maybe your grandma gave you a large check for the holidays and you’re having a hard time writing down how much you appreciate her gift.
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