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. Let us discuss about GPA and related things in this post.
GPA on resume should be mentioned right at the top if you are a recent graduate; especially if your score is above 3.5. It tells the recruiters about your sincerity while studying. However, if you are an experienced professional, you can altogether ignore it or mention it along with your educational qualifications.
Your score can be instrumental in getting you your first 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 many other cases, scores inclusion may not prove to be fruitful. 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 read our comprehensive guide on resume to understand what makes a good resume.
GPA on Resume: A Complete Guide
Who Should Include Grades on CV?
There no specific rule for displaying grades on CV. Different experts have different opinions. 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 Write Marks?
- Applied for job/internship
When you are in high school or undergraduate or recently graduated from the university and you are applying for your first job or an internship then you should 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 tell recruiters that you were industrious and sincere.
3. Company asks for it
When the company has explicitly mentioned in the job description that they want to see your grades then you have no choice but to include your score.
When Not to Show Marks?
- Having good work experience
When you have a good working experience of more than 3 years or so then your educational numbers will serve no purpose. Recruiters will give more weight to your work experience than to your marks.
2. Dropped out from college/school
If in the worst case if a candidate had to drop out of college or school, then she should not include here academic details on CV. This can work against her.
3. Low marks
You can either ignore mentioning your score or include it somewhere in the middle of CV if your grades are below 3.5. However, if the recruiter asks for it then you will have no choice.
How to Put 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 good to list scores along the awards and honors 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 encounters anything fishy, 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.
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.
Let’s look at some examples.
XYZ College of Arts, 2016-2020
Bachelors of Arts, Major in Economics, Minor in History
- GPA – 3.5 / 4.0
- Major GPA – 3.9 / 4.0
ABC College of Science, 2018-2020
- 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.
Other Considerations of Including GPA on Resume
We have many types of grading systems throughout the world. Different countries use different scales for scoring candidates like letters, numbers, and so on.
Here are a few examples
- In India, students get a mark sheet or report card and their total performance score is in the form of a percentage. You should mention your marks on your CV as per the grading system prevalent in your country.
- Some companies give more weight to the academic score while others give more weight to practical exposure like internship, training, etc. You should tweak your resume depending on the expectations of the company you are applying to.
- It is important to maintain good grades when you are looking for a career in fields like banking, medical, aerospace engineer, etc. which require high academic performance. On the other hand, a career in fashion, photography, writing, sports, etc doesn’t require higher marks.
Don’t worry if you do not have good marks. You can just ignore mentioning them at the top.
In fact, after a few years, your score or overall percentage wouldn’t matter. Recruiters look for skills and total experience of working professionals.
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.
You should also check my other article to understand the finer points of compiling a compelling resume.
Over to You
What has been your experience about listing marks on the resume? What is your own preference? What did your friends do?
I would love to hear your comments.