You’ve been working hard to keep your grades up and move closer to completing your degree. As the semester draws to a close and grades are being posted, it begs the question: Do these numbers that define so much of your college experience matter in the real world? Let’s let our hiring experts weigh in on how your GPA matters in the job market!
Are You In College?
Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, shares, “If you’re a college student, always include your GPA on your resume, period. Not just your major-specific GPA, your overall GPA. Some recruiters may not need it, but for those that do, you don’t want them to have to hunt it down. If you are more than a year graduated, I think it’s safe to remove it from your resume. Your GPA becomes a less important measure of your potential performance as you begin to build up real-world experience to talk about. Feel free to include if you’re graduating with honors (cum laude, summa cum lade
, etc.) but class rank is not necessary. At the end of the day, asking the recruiter you’re working with what information they would like to see is always a wise choice.” More from Traci
Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, says, “When reviewing resumes of recent college graduates we look for a strong GPA, extracurricular activities, and participation in clubs and organizations. Some of our entry-level positions require a certain number of credit hours in a specific subject. If you have a lower Overall GPA and a higher Major GPA, we will take that into consideration. It’s best to clearly list both if they differ.” More from Jennifer
Do Grades Matter Most?
Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, shares, “Every company is different so it's difficult to say what would be important to different employers. For me, involvement and experience outside of the classroom is more important and carries more weight. Your GPA is important, but only to a certain extent. Typically, I think employers want to see a GPA of at least a 3.0 or above, depending on your field of study. More than that, employers want to see that you are a well-rounded student and can juggle multiple priorities and responsibilities effectively. Being able to demonstrate that you have experiences outside of the classroom is key.” More from Ashley
Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, suggests, “Generally, it matters more to employers what you've done outside of the classroom vs. in it. Someone who has a ‘perfect’ GPA but has never done an internship, had a summer or part-time job, participated in a volunteer or community event, or has never participated in an extracurricular activity is not nearly as interesting as someone who has done those things but earned a lesser GPA.” More from Tom
Ultimately, your GPA is just one more metric that recruiters and potential employers can look at as they determine if you’d be a good fit and a productive member of their team. The more experience you can add to support that number, the more you’ll show recruiters that you’re a great candidate for the job.