Compensating for Lousy Grades on Resume

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Question:

I've been interested and trying to get into the consulting field since 2007. Unfortunately, my university/college marks were severely affected by some family issues at the time.

Since what's done is done, I've been trying to get into the industry through experience rather than academia, but every single entry-level role I am put forward for asks for a transcript and when that arrives, everything stops dead in its tracks.

Anything that you might be able to suggest to overcome this hurdle? Ideas or feedback would be great. Love your work; it's gold!

 

My Reply:

Thanks for your note. Your cover letter needs to pro-actively state: "Hey, my grades were lousy due to family issues..." maybe elaborate on them... and say, "But as evidence I am capable, see my GRE scores, GMAT scores, scores in my first two years before the family issue," etc.  Make your case.  Prove your conclusion that you are a good candidate with data.

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1 comment… add one
  • R Aug 19, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Hey Victor,

    I was wondering what your thoughts on rounding up GPAs on resume are? I currently have a 3.48, but I was hoping that I could at least round it to a 3.50 for my resume since it on the lower end.

    Thanks!

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