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Old 06-17-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I've heard this can be the case, but I wondered if that would the case given that I have an MA, since clearly my undergraduate record was good enough to get me in to a master's program.

As for the master's program itself, I imagine I was pretty solidly middle of the pack there. Since you had to get a 'B' to pass a course, and professors were trying to avoid grad inflation, it was pretty rare to get a straight 'A', and I'd venture the vast majority of grads we somewhere between 3.2 and 3.6. Ergo, I don't know if it's something I want to point out.

Thoughts on, um, my thoughts?
I'm not trying to make a bigger deal out of this than it is. It's just one more piece of data to look at. And possibly a very small piece at that. But, if someone does care about it they are most likely going to either assume the worst or ask you about it.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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I'm sorry but this is IMO horrible advice. Work experience of a whopping year and a half is NOT going to carry more weight than a VERY GOOD GPA.....which easily describes the GPAs listed above.

YES you should include them. In fact I've known recruiters/HR who even want to see them on resumes with people who have 5, 10, 15 or more years of experience, and because of what manderly said above - ie esp. with almost no experience, not listing it makes employers wonder why it's not listed. It's not like you had a 2.3 or something.

If you don't believe me, talk to some staffing agencies or HR people.
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Southwestern Connecticut
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I never put my GPA on my resume.

I was recently hired at a private investment firm just outside NYC for an entry level data analyst position. GPA never came up. It was all about what I know about things related to the job and what I could do and what I've done at my past employer.

I've interviewed at 3 other companies and GPA never came up there either. One, a retail bank, had me do a pre-interview assignment and that was the major topic at the interview. In my experience being able to showcase in detail what you know and what you've done is the key point.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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I don't care what your GPA is. I care if you graduated, your qualifications for the open position, and if you are a good fit for the company.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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I heard the rule of thumb is if your GPA is over 3.0, and you've been working less than 5 years put it on.

Depnding on schools that could be a high GPA, I graduated with a 3.5 and was in the top 5%, in private schools grade inflation tends to be much higher. I read once that Harvard and the other Ivey Leaguers have amongst the highest GPAs and state schools like Penn, UT, OU, OSU, FSU, Berkeley, etc have amongst the lowest GPAs.

I guess when your school relies on donations you have a reason to placate students with high GPAs as they would probably be happier, make more due to their astounding GPA helping them get a slightly better job or salary, and then make them more likely to donate, and donate more generously as they could afford it.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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In my case, I have it on there since I don't have much experience. I had a 3.6 GPA in engineering on top being an officer in several professional industry related organizations. It helps when you're a new graduate and the interviewer is active in the same organizations.

I agree only really high GPA's should be included for those that just graduated or don't have enough experience. Otherwise, it just looks silly.
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:27 AM
 
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If an interviewer is looking for it, it would matter. I always thought it would matter to me, but when I have interviewed I forgot all about the gpa when reviewing student CVs. I was more interested in whatever research experience they had.
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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If an interviewer is looking for it, it would matter. I always thought it would matter to me, but when I have interviewed I forgot all about the gpa when reviewing student CVs. I was more interested in whatever research experience they had.
What field do you hire for?
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:37 AM
 
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Well for what it is worth, I was being interviewed for a leadership program at work. And since, I was in the midst of my master's program (over half way done now), they asked for my GPA even though I have been employed by my organization for over 4 years at the time.

My GPA is a 4.0 (still is even now), and I never considered putting it on my resume because it is not as if I have not been working for well over 10 years. I was a little shocked at when the program wanted to know what it was.

I have always heard don't put a GPA down unless it is exceptional- I have heard over a 3.6 and others have said only 3.8 or higher.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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GPA is irrelevant and possibly damaging, and probably stresses more than anything that you are an inexperienced college graduate, do not put in on a resume. You can put graduation honors - *** laude, magna *** laude.
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