recruiter scanning cover letter

How to Scan a Cover Letter

Most recruiters agree: cover letters are as important as they are grueling to sift through. That’s why it’s important to get strategic about reading them.

Here are 3 tricks to quickly assessing a cover letter:

  • Borrow a page from practitioners of speed reading and scan for key words
  • Keep your focus by reviewing no more than 5 at a time
  • Consider the critical elements outlined in this infographic

how to scan a cover letter

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