/ Asked by Ethabel
After a number of years working as an analyst in HR, I returned to school for a Certificate in Advanced Accounting and I'll be able to sit for the CPA exam. Unfortunately, I have a low GPA (2.5). I understand GPA is important to accounting firms. Do you advise to list my GPA or remove it from my resume?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, December 3, 2015
As a general rule of thumb, I do not suggest student's listing their GPA on their resume unless it is above a 3.0. Some companies have hiring restrictions regarding GPA, so they might ask if they do not see it listed. For this reason, you'll need to be prepared to talk about your GPA and the reason it is a bit low. When you discuss this, be sure to state lessons you've learned/how you've improved since the lower marks in certain courses. For example, perhaps your GPA is low due to poor time management - maybe you took a full course load and in addition held a job and were involved in extra-curricular activities. From that experience, you learned where your limits are, when to ask for help, and the importance of saying 'no' to certain opportunities in order to maintain balance in all areas of life. This will show that even though your GPA is below 3.0, you're still someone who is driven and strives to excel. 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, December 7, 2015
Hi there, great question.  My policy is that  you should include the information that is asked for in the Job Description or by the recruiting team.  If GPA is not asked for, you do not need to include it in your initial information offering.  It is likely that you will need to provide information and potentially transcripts, so be prepared to discuss it.  There can be thresholds that companies require, and that you may not be able to change, but you can certainly ready your thoughts on your successes and areas you could improve.  Highlight your strengths and why you would be an asset to their team.  I would also not under cut your previous experience.  You come at the industry with some experience that might set you apart!  Best of luck in your pursuit!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, January 29, 2016
Yes, unless your GPA is a 3.8 or higher, take it off your resume. I received similar advice from a college professor many years ago. The advice is: “Don’t send bad news”. Now realistically speaking a 2.5 GPA is not bad news. However, its average, and in your resume you want to highlight your accomplishments that are above average, like all the extracurricular that you participated in college, or all the internships that you held, or your many years working as an HR Analyst. That is the stuff that you want to focus on! Good luck!
-Nell
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