Students can generally be classified into two – those who can juggle social life with school activities and still manage to score a high GPA and those that can’t.
Many students are now updating their resumes in preparation for job application or internships. Some are now worrying if their GPAs are enough for the employers to notice them, or wondering if their resumes will be thrown into the garbage bin.
Undercover Recruiter says that a job recruiter only spends an average of 3.14 minutes reading an applicant’s resume, but has already made up his mind within the first minute. Those who have not scored high GPAs could not help but compare themselves to other classmates.
If you are one of them, acclaimed career expert Alison Green sheds light on the importance of GPA on your resumes.
According to Alison, GPA will bear weight when you are applying for your first job right after college. After that, it won’t really matter anymore. She says that most fields will no longer ask for this the second time around, where this stops to matter after school and have started working on a job. Some courses are exempt from this rule though like law, but she thinks that no one really cares once you’ve started working. She says that this is where schools can give their students the misconception that employers care so much about GPA.
What should the students who have a low GPA but excel in other curricular activities write in their resumes? According to Alison, leave your GPA out and simply not mention it in your resume. She advises students like these to highlight their accomplishments instead. She did mention however that extracurriculars won’t really matter unless these are leadership roles or entail real work.
Alison advises students to work instead on their work history, jobs, and internships instead of just focusing on getting a high GPA.