Should My GPA Be On My Resume?

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As graduation season approaches, many young professionals will begin to construct or update their resumes. At a certain point, they will ask themselves, “Should I include my GPA on my resume?”. Today, we’re here to answer that question! Since there’s no short and sweet explanation, read on below for a full breakdown of if you should or shouldn’t. 

When Not to Include

We’ll start by discussing when it shouldn’t be included, since it’s easier then when you should. The best way to factor out including your GPA on your resume is by years of experience. If you’ve already graduated from college, and have been in the workforce for some time, you shouldn’t be including it. At this point in your career, any future employers would only be interested in your experience and skills. Once you’ve worked long enough professionally, your colleagues, experiences, and accomplishments will speak more to your value as an employee than your GPA. So once you’ve been working for 1 or 2 years, you should feel confident in removing that GPA from your resume. Experience in your field will always stand out more than your GPA in your degree. So now that you know when not to include your GPA, let’s talk about when you should.

When to Include

When you’re fresh out of college, including that number is going to be much more important. This is especially true if you didn’t do any internships, volunteering, or working during college. (Also, if you’re looking to turn an internship into a full time job, our blog guide can be read here.) Not having those experiences requires hiring managers to rely on your coursework to judge your strength of character and determination. For this reason, you should include a GPA. However, you shouldn’t include it if it is ‘bad’. So what is considered bad? 3.0.

While certain fields and industries differ, most companies are looking for a 3.0 or above. So what if your overall grade point average is below that? Consider including your grade point average particular to your field of study. In most cases this is the superior grade. If both are below 3.0, consider not including it. This way, they will have to inquire about it to find out where you stand. It is important to point out at the end of the day, your GPA is just a number. There is no reason to get stressed if it’s below where you’d like. Companies don’t fully rely on it to determine your abilities, and it’s entirely possible to get hired without it being mentioned. We hope this helped you determine when to include your GPA on your resume. Any further questions? Leave us a comment!

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