Mar 18, 2019 - 08:09 PM
Especially when staffing analyst-level roles in accounting and finance, hiring managers often use a 3.5 GPA as a cut point for applicants, whether formally or implicitly. You want to avoid calling attention to anything that would cause your resume to be rejected right off the bat before your qualifications are even considered.
If you are required to include your GPA on your resume and it is below 3.5, you will need to offset it through other accomplishments or in some cases by listing your major GPA, if it is above 3.5. A high GPA in a STEM major, or in accounting or finance, will also offset a low overall GPA, and should be included.
You do not want to include your GPA in your resume if you have been in the workforce long enough to have a career history, or are applying for a role above the analyst level.
However, you may be required to enter your GPA in the online application, or include it in your cover letter. In either case you will need to comply.
Aug 11, 2018 - 05:08 AM
Only include your GPA if it is 3.5 or higher, unless the job listing specifically asks you to provide this information. If you have a lower GPA, think of other accomplishments you can showcase.
No matter how high your GPA, once you have been out of school for three years or more, you should not put your GPA on your resume at all (again, unless an employer specifically tells you to.)
By this time, employers expect you to have more recent achievements to display. When an experienced professional includes detailed college information, this sends the message that he or she has not accomplished much since then. Check out some finance and accounting resume examples for more ideas on describing your qualifications.
If you are a recent graduate, there are additional ways to enhance your finance or accounting resume other than listing a high GPA. Some examples include relevant aspects of your work experience, volunteer activities, or internships.