Aug 13, 2018 - 02:44 AM
If you are applying for a position in which demonstrating your knowledge and high-level education will give you a competitive edge, there are better ways you can illuminate this information. If you graduated with honors, feel free to list summa or magna cum laude. Focus on your degrees, licenses, and certifications as they relate to the job you are seeking. Recent graduates can include relevant coursework or campus organizations.
Jobseekers that have been in the workforce awhile should focus on their accomplishments in past jobs to demonstrate how they are successful. If relevant, they can also include professional affiliations and memberships, especially if they were in a leadership or board position. This shows they have respect in their field.
Sep 28, 2018 - 04:59 PM
You do not have to include your GPA on your resume if you already have at least a few years of work experience and are not fresh out of school. Employers are much more interested in your recent work experience than non-recent performance in school.
However, if you are a new graduate applying for an entry-level job, including your GPA on your resume is something to consider if it is above 3.0 on a 4-point scale (and especially if it is above 3.5). A high GPA can signal that you are a quick learner, goal-oriented, tenacious, and able to focus on tasks and complete them. While GPA is usually not a deciding factor in hiring decisions for entry-level roles, it can make a strong resume look even stronger, and provide just enough competitive edge.
Yet in some rarer cases, including your GPA may be expected or even required when applying for entry-level jobs in highly competitive professions, such as investment banking or strategy consulting, or in companies regarded as highly glamorous, such as Google, Facebook, or Netflix. In these cases, GPA is likely to be used as a screening mechanism, and a low GPA would need to be offset by significant strengths in other areas.