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February 24, 2009

GPA: Do I or Don’t I?


Recently I received a question from a student ready to graduate.  The following was presented in our career newsletter but will reprint for our blog.


Andrew Bott from ITT Technical Institute asks:


“I keep hearing different opinions and would like to know what is really right.  Do I or do I not put my GPA on my resume?


Dear Andrew,


Thank you for your inquiry.  When we start our career searches, we want to portray tactful information that will provide us with an advantage.  Unfortunately, a lot of people are never sure what is essential to communicate on paper when trying to make a good first impression.


According to the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches, it is only advisable to include a GPA on résumés if the applicant is a recent graduate that has received a degree within the last six months.  Please remember, however, that a lower GPA can be detrimental to your search instead of advancing it.  Some postings for entry-level positions request a minimum GPA, in which case it is acceptable to include it.  Ultimately, including a GPA for a degree from 20 years ago will bring no actual value as experience supersedes it.


Students, faculty, staff, and professionals of all levels are encouraged to ask our experts your career management questions.


Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP

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