Does It Make Sense To Include Your GPA On Your Resume?

“My priority is not about grades. I yearn for knowledge, skills and wisdom.”– Lailah Gifty Akita

 

After graduating with your degree, along with thousands of others, how do you set yourself apart from the person next to you? What can we put on our resumes that makes us unique? Especially if we have no experience in our area of study. One possibility is your GPA. Your GPA is virtually treated like the be-all, end-all in high school and especially college. It is the standard to which you are held and hold yourself. Many educational institutions often have a minimum requirement to get accepted, a minimum you must maintain to be accepted to a program, and a minimum requirement needed to ultimately graduate. So you’d think that mentioning your GPA on your resume is an absolute must, right? Well… not so fast! In today’s blog we’re going to tackle some GPA myths and lay to rest if it actually makes sense to include your GPA on your resume. Stay tuned…

 

Is The Standard The Same? – In college, the GPA is sacred. It is the number which we define ourselves in rank and we can use to measure our success (which is baloney). In the real world, does it really have any value anymore? Is there any standard in which your GPA would matter? After all, does a 3.5 at an Ivy League College mean the same as a 3.5 at a Community College? My theory is that your GPA is only of utmost importance when you are applying for your first full-time job out of college and need to give a reference as to “who you are.” Look at your GPA like your credit. If you have good credit you’re viewed as being reliable when paying your bills. When you have a decent GPA you’re viewed as being a reliable, hard worker, etc.. Yet, there are certain caveats in which you should not list your GPA…

 

Be Honest – First, if an employer asks for your GPA when applying, you must list it… and don’t lie. Many graduates forget employers can always request your transcripts as proof. On the other hand if an employer doesn’t ask, don’t tell. The one time listing your GPA may help you out is when you have a rather high GPA (above a 3.5) and need to set yourself apart. For example, submitting your resume to your first job as a Programmer while listing your GPA as being a 3.8 may give you the one-up you need. In this case, it is worth listing. It’s so important to remember it’s the skills that you bring to the table are what set you apart, not a silly number. Sell yourself on your strengths, personality, and who you are. That is your brand and a number could never do justice to that.

 

Established Career – Once you’ve been working for a few years and are ready to move on and advance your career whether internally or externally, will your GPA matter as much? In most cases employers most likely could care less about your GPA after you are established and settled in. If you have the experience and the degree the position requires, the GPA seemingly loses its value. Once you’ve established yourself in your career your experience takes over and employers look at you based off what you did in your Industry; not necessarily how you did in College. Need proof? Check out Employment Specialist

Alexandria Bellivan’spost on LinkedIn about GPA’s. You’ll find some incredibly insightful information there from real recruiters and employers.

 

Conclusion – Do you think GPA matters? Is it possible that how you did in academics could follow you around your whole life? You already know my thoughts and take on expressing your GPA. Now I want to know yours! Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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