what is an okay GPA to put on your resume?

  1. just wondering if I should be putting a 3.3 gpa on my new grad resume. It's average, not great, not bad. do u think it will automatically look less appealing against other applicant with higher gpa?
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  3. by   zenman
    I wouldn't put any GPA on a resume.
  4. by   Emergency RN
    Quote from nurse441
    just wondering if I should be putting a 3.3 gpa on my new grad resume. It's average, not great, not bad. do u think it will automatically look less appealing against other applicant with higher gpa?
    Frankly, nobody cares (well, maybe except for your mom, LOL...) about a GPA. The only thing that really matters is, do you have a valid license (no conditions, no criminal background), what experience do you have, and are you a US citizen.

    I would not put a GPA on a resume. If you had graduated with honors, or had been inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma Theta Tau international), then that may be a bit more meaningful.
    Last edit by Emergency RN on Dec 19, '09
  5. by   s_david_a
    I would tend to agree--> only a GPA that is very significant: 3.9, 4.0... but that would be signaled by other things that may be more meaningful and look less "bookish"... Sigma Theta Tau... Summa Cum Laude, etc
  6. by   Midwest4me
    Quote from emergency rn
    frankly, nobody cares (well, maybe except for your mom, lol...) about a gpa. the only thing that really matters is, do you have a valid license (no conditions, no criminal background), what experience do you have, and are you a us citizen.

    i would not put a gpa on a resume. if you had graduated with honors, or had been inducted into the honor society of nursing (sigma theta tau international), then that may be a bit more meaningful.
    i agree with the above; this has been addressed recently in another thread. gpas are only of concern when it comes to grad school. a resume is primarily a "photo" of your work experience.
  7. by   Bobbkat
    I'd have it handy in case anyone asks, but not necessarily on your resume. I haven't managed to land an interview yet, but have been told by others that they have been asked about it during interviews. Not in all, but some. Apparently new grads are being weeded out by any means necessary now.
  8. by   LaeDeesNP
    I've been told by professional resume advisers to include your GPA if it's 3.50 or above. That is, if you want to include it on your resume. I don't think it being left off your resume will make or break your chances of an interview.
  9. by   Lacie
    Quote from Emergency RN
    Frankly, nobody cares (well, maybe except for your mom, LOL...) about a GPA. The only thing that really matters is, do you have a valid license (no conditions, no criminal background), what experience do you have, and are you a US citizen.

    I would not put a GPA on a resume. If you had graduated with honors, or had been inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma Theta Tau international), then that may be a bit more meaningful.
    Hit the nail on the head here!! I could care less about someones gpa when I'm interviewing. I have found over the years I'd rather have a good "gut" nurse then just a smart one with no common sense lol. Dont worry about it unless it is specifically asked. Some employers would rather not see it to be honest. I look at the experience and how well that resume is written. Also your cover letter makes a big impression. Dont worry about the GPA.
  10. by   AOx1
    I would bring along an official transcript just as you would any additional references. I do know a few recent graduates who were asked. Most were not, but in areas where the market is saturated it seems to be a question that is being asked more often, which is unfortunate as GPA is certainly not the only factor determining a new grad's abilities.
  11. by   dskrninpa
    Don't. GPA's are not usually put on resumes anymore, check out a resume book.
  12. by   Acosmo27
    I included my gpa on a recent interview I had (and got the job!!).. however I only put my nursing major (i.e only nursing courses) gpa.. considering I thought that was most relevant, and it was a 3.8. I def. do NOT think that it is mandatory and agree, perhaps anything below a 3.5 should be omitted. Good luck with your new graduate job search!
  13. by   Acosmo27
    Well I would tend to agree that nobody cares, however I was told in a recent interview that they do like to know because it can be a good predictor of passing NCLEX. (obviously this is for a new grad position). I can see however if you were applying to an experienced nurse position that a GPA would be a little silly.

    Quote from Emergency RN
    Frankly, nobody cares (well, maybe except for your mom, LOL...) about a GPA. The only thing that really matters is, do you have a valid license (no conditions, no criminal background), what experience do you have, and are you a US citizen.

    I would not put a GPA on a resume. If you had graduated with honors, or had been inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma Theta Tau international), then that may be a bit more meaningful.
  14. by   Hoping4RNin2010
    One hospital I looked int asked for your GPA on the application for the grad nurse positions.
    I didn't list GPA on my resume but did put Deans list and Honor Society down on it.

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