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Recent Grads, Is Your GPA on Your Resume? Should it Be?

Recent grads — it’s the end of the summer, which means it’s time to get down to business on your job search. When creating a resume, do you know when you should include your GPA? Let’s find out.

Data From a Relevant Study

One particular study was performed to determine just how big of a deal a person’s GPA was and how it impacted the odds of getting hired. After surveying 3,147 hiring managers and human resource professionals, they found:

  • 62 percent require no minimum GPA;
  • 31 require a 3.0 or above; and
  • 11 percent require a 3.5 or above.

This means the majority of employers (61 percent) aren’t concerned with your GPA. However, 42 percent do have certain requirements and want you to have a minimum 3.0 GPA. That’s a significant number.

That being said, here are some guidelines to follow when deciding which option to choose.

When You Should Include Your GPA

Most recruiting experts agree you’ll generally want to include your GPA on your resume during the first year or two after school. This is especially true if you have a GPA that’s 3.5 or above and/or you have limited job experience. In many cases, this will work in your favor and can unlock job opportunities.

When You Shouldn’t Include Your GPA

There are two main reasons to not include your GPA on your resume. One is when you’ve been in the workforce for a few years. Once you’ve got some real-world experience under your belt, this is what most employers will look at when considering you for a job. The other is if your GPA isn’t very high. If it’s lower than 3.0, this can hurt your chances, so you’ll want to exclude it from your resume.

However, if an employer specifically asks for your GPA, you’ll want to include it regardless of what it is.

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