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Is your GPA Preventing You from Applying to Jobs?

Listing a GPA on your resume is optional. However, if you choose not to include your GPA, you should be prepared to discuss it, since it will probably come up in conversations with employers. (“Do you believe your GPA accurately reflects your abilities?”) One option: If your major GPA is higher than your overall GPA, you can list just your major GPA. Everything on your resume should be accurate…but you don’t have to the highlight items that may work against you.

If your overall GPA doesn’t match the minimum an employer has set for an on-campus interview, you may still be able to apply by submitting an override request form. Not all employers accept overrides, but if you have related experience, a GPA that is just under the minimum, or a major GPA that matches / exceeds the requirement, you are welcome to submit an override request. These forms are available at the front desk of 199 HI and must be turned in at least two working days before the application deadline.

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Categories: Resumes

About the author

Rachel Kaschner

Rachel Kaschner is the Assistant Director at Engineering Career Services.