It is great that you are thinking ahead about how to put your best foot forward. The job application process is about telling your story 1) who are you and what are you key past experiences 2) why are you excited about this job opportunity and 3) why are you a good candidate for the role. Having well thought out responses to each of these questions may make you more exciting than a candidate with a perfect score who doesn't know their strengths or interests.
Have an answer ready about why your gpa is what it is. When thinking about your college experience, are there things you did to improve your gpa throughout your college career (such as going to writing center or TA for extra assistance, trying new studying techniques, etc.)? Challenges will arise in the workplace so demonstrating how you have overcome past challenges and what you would do differently in the future can demonstrate your initiative and resourcefulness.
I'd recommend adding a cover letter when you apply. This gives you a chance to tell more of your story. You can add additional details about how you overcame challenges, why you are interested in this role/company, and highlight more of your strengths. This extra effort, if well done, will set you apart from many other candidates.
Katelin recommends the following next steps:
- Draft a cover letter