You might be wondering how to include GPA or Grade Point Average on resume. But, there are other important things to consider like when is it important to display the marks or grades in CV (Curriculum Vitae) and who should do it.
Recent graduates should mention GPA on resume right at the top. You should, in fact highlight your score if it is above 3.5. It tells the recruiters about your sincerity while studying.
Your score can be instrumental in getting a new job. According to the survey by the national association of colleges and employers, 67 per cent of companies screen their candidates based on GPA.
However, in some cases, including scores may not prove to be fruitful. It may not help professionals with some amount of work experience. You need to evaluate your specific personal situation before putting in your educational percentages or grades.
Read on to find out a short and precise guide to understand when and how of putting GPA on your CV.
You can also check my other article to understand the finer points of compiling a good resume.
GPA on Resume: A Complete Guide
Who Should Show Grades on CV?
There are a lot of opinions and no specific rule for this. It depends on what was your score in school, college, or university, how long you have been out of school and for how long you were employed. It also depends on your achievements, your career field, and the field in which you are looking for a job.
You should include your score in your resume only if you have a high percentage. Many employers believe the strong educational score is a sign that a candidate will be able to handle the job pressure.
If a candidate excels in a certain field and cannot perform well in another. In such cases, they can include and calculate the percentage for those fields in which they perform better and not for the overall percentage.
Moreover, if a candidate performs well in school and not in college then you can highlight your school points and vice versa.
When to Showcase Marks?
- Applied for job/internship
When you are in high school or undergraduate, or recently graduated from the university, it is recommended to list your educational score on your cv.
2. High percentage
When you were good at studies and had scored a high percentage you must mention it. This will help you and convey a message to recruiters that you are good at ethics.
3. Company ask for it
When the company has explicitly mentioned in the job description and they have a requirement of candidates with a good academic score in school or colleges.
When Not to Include Marks?
- More work experience
When you have a good working experience of more than 3 years or so. The weightage is thus given to your work experience than your educational numbers.
2. Drop out from college/school
If in the worst case the candidate had to drop out of college or school, then don’t indicate the academic details on the document as this can work against you.
3. Low marks
It is recommended to leave it off when the grades are below 3.5 even if you are a student unless the recruiter asks for it.
How to Include Score on CV?
When you add your score in the right way it will work wonders for you. It will impress the recruiter and give a positive opinion about you.
- Include it in the education section
You should list your score in the education section just after the school or college name. It is not acceptable to list scores along the awards and honours section. Both of them have different meanings and purposes.
- Be honest
You should never lie on your cv. It is the biggest mistake any individual can do. If your grades are low simply leave it out. If the recruiter encountered this lie, your candidature will be rejected.
- Use major score
If you did not score well overall but had a considerably good grade in your majors, put this on your cv.
Make sure to mention this under the ‘major GPA’ sub-heading. Meanwhile, if you had scored pretty well in both, include and mention it separately.
A score of range 3.5 or higher is considered worth mentioning. If work experience is more, then include and highlight it. Few tips on scoring:
- You can List both major and overall grades.
- If using major grades, mention it clearly.
- You can mention the cumulative score.
XYZ College, 2009-2011
Bachelors of Arts, Major in Economics, Minor in History
- GPA – 3.5 / 4.0
- Major GPA – 3.9 / 4.0
XYZ College of Science, 2005-2007
- Cumulative Score – 3.8 / 4.0
How to Round Up Your Grades?
Many candidates ask should I round up my marks? The simple answer to this question is ‘Yes’. But you have to be careful while rounding up or down your score. You can round up to one decimal place. Below are some examples to make you understand more.
Grade – 3.49 to 3.5
In the above example, it is acceptable to round up to one decimal place.
Grade – 3.99 to 4.0
In the above example, it is not acceptable to round up to one decimal place because 4.0 is reserved for a perfect grade. So consider leaving it to 3.99.
Grade – 3.515 to 3.5
In the above example, it is acceptable to round down.
There are many types of the grading system. Different countries use different scales for scoring candidates like letters, numbers and so on. You should mention your marks according to the preferable grading system.
It is important to maintain a good educational score when you are looking for a career in fields which require high academic performance like banking, medical, aerospace engineer etc.
Don’t make a worrisome situation if you do not have good grades. If your marks are not well, don’t mention it, you can leave it.
It is also the fact that after a few years, it will not matter how much you scored or what was your overall percentage. What really matters to the recruiter is your degree, skills, and work experience.
Your cv is all about summarizing your competencies and skills, so a low grade will not impact you in the longer run. Just relax and focus on the preparation for the interview. Because you can justify yourself in an interview about your skills.
Over to You
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