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Career Advice

Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

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Dealing With a Low GPA on your Resume

For some people their grade point average doesn't really give prospective employers an accurate picture of their abilities and potential but right or wrong, employers judge applicants by this. If your GPA is lower than you'd like then there are some things you can do about it on your resume.

Don't Mention Your GPA

You don't have to include your GPA on your resume. Focus on your strengths instead. But even if you don't include it on the resume, be prepared for the topic to be brought up during an interview.

Emphasise Your Major GPA

Your grades in your major may be better than for other courses. In this case, give your major GPA on your resume and in interviews, or at the very least, indicate both your major GPA and your cumulative GPA. This puts your cumulative GPA in its proper context.

Calculate Your GPA over a Select Time Span

Your first year grades may have been poor but then improved in later years. In this case your cumulative GPA might not truly reflect how well you did in your classes during later years, and even your major GPA might not tell the whole story. So calculate your GPA for your last year perhaps and then sell that number to prospective employers.

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