When employers list a specific GPA requirement, is it final?
I ask this because I am a electrical engineering major and I don't have a 3.0 GPA, which seems to be the threshold for most companies looking to hire college students. I would like to apply for most companies but I do not meet this requirement. I want to note that I usually don't meet this requirement and about two or three more, an my GPA is not even close to a 3.0. Does this requirement automatically disqualify me from the position or should I apply regardless of my GPA?
Usually the larger companies are more rigid in their requirements, so I would focus my job search on the smaller companies.
Write a good cover letter with your resume, and address the problem head-on. "while I realize my GPA is not quite 3.0, I know I will be a good fit for this position because of my skill in doing XYZ...I am asking for the ability to prove myself to you. ...."
You can also submit some resumes where you leave off your GPA, and don't mention it in the cover letter, unless the job announcement specifically requests it.
Job search is a little strange. You try a few different approaches, and one will end up working!
Hi Augusta. My belief is that if you feel you can do the job, don't let the GPA requirement dissuade you from applying. Focus on qualities and assets that show you understand what it takes to make an impact on that position. Don't ever let anything in a job requirement convince you not to apply if you honestly think you can do the job. Just be prepared to sell yourself on what will make you a premiere candidate. Personally, I didn't have a 3.0 coming out of college but I was also working full time. I believed my work experience gave me an advantage over other candidates and sold myself in such a manner. Let others decide if they do not want to take a chance on you. Don' t make that decision for employers.
Carl recommends the following next steps:
If the role is something you are excited about, apply! The GPA requirement usually is a soft requirement at many places and is used a proxy for work experience. The rationale is that if you are a 3.0 student, you must have some of sort of work ethic to get good grades. What this requirement often doesn't take into account is that engineering and STEM majors (due to their difficulty) will often have lower median GPAs. At top engineering programs, a 2.8 -
3.0 is common because the programs are notoriously difficult.
When applying, don't mention your GPA. Focus on why you are excited about that job. Also list projects you've worked on and what you learned from them. These can be school projects or things you've done in your free time with a technical bend. The more you can show that you have the enthusiasm, passion, and drive to be successful, the more appealing you'll be to the hiring manager.
Finally, there is no downside in applying. Worst case scenario, they don't offer an interview. Job searching is often a numbers game. All it takes is one company to say yes.