Even though I got my act together during my last year of college, I got off to an epically rough start. My grades in career-relevant courses are solid enough. But during my first year, my partying and poor performance in general courses set me so far back that my overall number doesn’t reflect the reality of my abilities. I’m a victim of simple math. And myself. How can I keep this from hurting my job search?
There’s no need to place your GPA on your resume. You only need to include your institution and your graduation dates. That being said, recent grads often voluntarily include GPAs that make them proud, so employers may notice the absence of yours and draw (correct) conclusions. Let them do this on their own. If an employer cares about your GPA, she’ll inquire about it, the truth will out, and you may need to accept the consequences of your decisions and move on. If not, don’t bring it up. You might get lucky.
I’m proud of my GPA. I worked very hard for four years, and I earned every one of those As. I’m in my early 20s and I know I’m competing against the slackers who slept through the same classes that I aced… So I want to use my grades to help me stand out. But my mentor told me not to include my GPA on my resume, since it seems juvenile. What should I do?
If you graduated more than three years ago, your mentor is right. Unfortunately, even if we work harder than our peers during college, the GPA playing field levels out once we step into the workforce. Take comfort in (and build your success upon) the knowledge you gained while your friends were sleeping.