Just a with any language, English has expressions and word that we use on a daily basis, many of which have simply morphed into upholding etiquette, rather than starting conversations.
For instance, when you ask a colleague on Monday “how was your weekend?” you aren’t really asking them to explain what they got up to during the weekend event by event. Rather, you just want to be polite when you ask them “how was your weekend?” you are only saying it as a form of salutation.
The requirement of etiquette is more prevalent in a professional setting than it is in a personal one. And one great example of that is “thank you for your consideration”. This phrase exists almost entirely in the professional world. You will be hard pressed to find it being used in a personal or informal setting.
What does “Thank you for your consideration” mean?
“Thank you for your consideration” is simply a way of appreciating someone for taking the time out to consider you for something, be it a post or a job. It is typically used at the need of job applications, cover letters, business proposals, letters of intent and any other professional written format. This expression basically lets you voice out that you understand that the role in question has various applicants or candidates. So you are thankful for being one of them.
4 examples of how to use “Thank you for your consideration” in a sentence
“Thank you for your consideration” can be used when you let people know you are thankful for bearing with you
This phrase can be used when someone has to sit through something longwinded or meeting. You do this to thank them for their patience.
“I understand that this presentation has been longer than presumed, but I needed us to get through all the required information to show our strengths. Thank you for your consideration”
“Thank you for your consideration” can used when you deliver a complaint
In this instance, you can use “thank you for your consideration” when you are complaining about something. For instance, if you are complaining to a supplier concerning a product you just got from them and would like to be compensated for your troubles. When you use “thank you for your consideration” you are appealing to their softer, somewhat emotional side to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
You: the product I received was broken, I would like to return it and get a refund
Company: we are sorry about that; we will work on fixing it
You: thank you for your consideration.
“Thank you for your consideration” can be used to show your thanks for being considered for a role
This instance is perhaps the most used one, as it is mostly used by job applicants in cover letters and interview follow up letters. It can be used in the following example:
Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the role of business manager. As I said when we met, I believe I will be fit for this role and I have so many ideas which the organization can benefit from.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration
“Thank you for your consideration” can be used when people have been flexible to accommodate your needs
Numerous times, we use “thank you for your consideration” when we are really appreciating them for being flexible. This could mean extending a deadline, changing something to suit you or perhaps informing you of an event or requirement you weren’t aware of and wouldn’t have been had they not told you.
“I didn’t even know there was an opening for the fellowship scholarship. Thank you for your consideration”
Boss: the board is giving a promotion to those that have been here for 5 years. You’ve only been for 4 but I believe in your ability and out your name forward
You: I am stunned sir, thank you for your consideration.
“I really appreciate you accepting to reschedule our meeting. There’s a lot going on but thank you for your consideration”.
“Thank you for your consideration” can be used when apologizing for inconveniencing someone
This example has you apologizing after having inconvenienced someone. This can be used if you were for instance offered a job at another company and you turned it down. It can be used to soften the blow of rejection.
Thank you for your consideration but I won’t be taking you up on your offer
Thank you for your consideration but at this time the company has chosen to move in a different direction. We look forward to working with you in the future.
Alternatives to saying “Thank you for your consideration”
Seeing as we have discovered the different meanings of what “thank you for your consideration” means, we have to discover its alternatives.
“Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business”
As you can see, this more suited to a formal setting, particularly at the end of a business proposal. When you use this, you come across as earnest and more personal. For instance, you could send something like:
Please find attached all the necessary documents.
Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business”
“Hoping you will consider us for your business”
This phrase is another that comes in handy in letters of intent and business proposals. It can be a little less formal than other examples, but it is still usable in formal settings.
“It was great to finally sit down and work out the plans. Please find attached the necessary documents. I believe that this deal will suit both our companies, not only in promotion but our bottom line as well.
Hoping you will consider us for your business.”
We have sent the required documents. If there is something you do not understand or are unsure of, please do not hesitate to ask.
We hope you will consider us for your business