You may have heard that when adding GPA scores to your resume, a score of 3.5 is the cut-off.
But what if you are 0.1 away from that score?
Do you list a 3.4 GPA on your resume or not?
As with adding any other element to your resume, it all depends on specific circumstances, and most importantly, the job description.
Keep reading to get a clear idea of whether adding a 3.4 GPA is a good idea or not.
Should you put a 3.4 GPA on your resume?
Add your 3.4 GPA if you can also list a Major GPA that is 3.5 and above, if you are applying to entry-level positions, and when the job description has a GPA restriction. Don’t add it if you have better academic achievements that you can list, and if the job description doesn’t mention it.
Yes, if your Major GPA is 3.5 and above
A 3.4 GPA is a good score as it is, it’s just not excellent.
However, if you are applying to an industry similar to your Major, and your Major GPA is 3.5 and above, you can add your 3.4 overall GPA.
Recruiters prioritize your performance in what is relevant to the position.
So, add your overall 3.4 GPA score alongside your 3.5 and higher Major GPA, and they won’t think negatively about it.
Yes, if you are applying to entry-level positions
If you are still a student or recently graduated, you most probably do not have much work experience to fill your resume with.
You will have to talk about your academic achievements which include your GPA.
When you are applying to entry-level positions, unless it is extremely competitive, they will not disregard you based on a 3.4 GPA.
So, add your 3.4 GPA because it still shows a good level of hard work and capability.
Yes, if the job description has a GPA restriction
If the job description has a GPA restriction, then you must add your GPA, even if 3.4 is lower than the limit.
Most of the times recruiters completely disregard resumes when they do not follow basic instructions in the job descriptions.
Yet they can still consider you with a lower GPA if you have other redeemable qualities.
No, if you have other more noteworthy academic achievements
If you had other awards or extracurricular activities that would paint you as a better candidate, prioritize those over your 3.4 GPA.
No, if it is not in the job description
Unless mentioned, your GPA will unlikely be a deciding factor in your qualification.
So, it is better to leave it out if it is not higher than 3.4.
You do not want to harm your chances accidentally by adding your 3.4 GPA and the recruiter thinking it is too low when it wasn’t asked for in the first place.
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