Bad GPA is always a liability in getting a great job after completing your graduation. You can have a bad GPA due to many reasons most of it being personal or temperamental.
Getting depressed about not getting good grades is not going to do you any good. There might be high correlation between getting good great grades and landing great career opportunities but it is not always the case. You don’t need a 4.0 GPA in college to land your dream job. All you need is practical skills, a passion to learn more and a proof of a valid college degree. Your grades do not define you and most importantly they don’t define your utmost future.
The challenge of getting a good job with low grades is not always surmountable. Here are some tips for getting a good entry level job besides not having good grades. Once you get into entry level jobs, there on only your work experience, skills and your CV matters and nothing else.
Good internships are something that can easily decide your good future. You should try and get an internship in the company you wish to work for even if it does not provide you with any salary. It will serve as a chance of lifetime as you will be volunteering for work in the company and will be in the limelight. This internship experience can serve as a working interview and provide a front seat to current and future openings. The internship will provide you the necessary experience and help you learn better which helps a great deal while interviewing.
You don’t have to highlight all the grades in which you lag behind, only the ones that are appropriate for the job. You can also list relevant coursework for the position you’re applying for without revealing your actual GPA. If your overall GPA is bad though, leave that out of your resume and explain only if necessary.
Most companies don't require your crammed GPA for hiring you. They only need to make sure that you have what it takes to be an efficient employee.
Gone are the days of being ashamed of bad grades. There is always a better reason for that and if not, nobody cares. Be honest with your employer about your grades. Not only that you need to be honest with yourself too.
You need to make peace with the fact that it’s your mistake and you take full responsibility for that. Your employer must know that you have learned from your mistakes and grown to be a quite mature fallow that can be appointed without any concerns.
Good social networks can help you a great deal. Even if you have a bad GPA due to some reason. But you got connections and network that can speak highly of you, you are at a great advantage. Have your peers that support you and teachers write recommendation letters for you that can illustrate how good you are as a person and what an asset you will be to the employer.
Getting involved with people with great jobs will put you on an advantage of getting an insight of how they work professionally that will help you more than your own resume in an interview.
Many employers believe that straight A students have ego of the size of a mountain and there are living proofs for that. They expect more due to their heightened ego which is somewhat justified but not always.
You can easily prove your employer that you have taken your career quite seriously and changed your behavior for better, you can have an upper hand. Nobody can be perfect forever, and so if you can be imperfect during some other time (college) and learn from your mistakes, chances are you will be much more valuable and mature during work.
You need to work on the other aspects of your resume that can highlights your skills as an efficient employee without them noticing the fact that you have quite a low GPA. having a full resume with a lots of volunteer and extracurricular work and classes can help a great deal in making the employer understand that you have not wasted your college time only staying inside the dorm and partying all night.
Mostly employers are interested in your work and ethics more than GPA and actually showing them that you are worth the job will helps you a great deal and boost your confidence too.
Low grades usually set a bar that you can’t apply for some very large and strict companies and may be you don’t have to at all. You can be your own boss by starting up your own business or you can opt for some freelance profession that can make even big bucks than a company professional. Try to pursue your passion for something as a career and you will never be disappointed.
If you are still in college, there might be a chance that you can turn your bad grades into good or even average. Opt for the extra classes. Take extra credits from the teachers. Volunteer for school work.
You can even take up a course to show your employer that your grades were just a mere misfortune and you are mature enough to handle working efficiently for them. This will show your greater zeal to learn more and will give you an advantage of being actually brilliant.
Once you have been selected for the interview despite of your bad grades, you cannot afford to get that opportunity out of your hands. Ace the interview by preparing for it exceptionally well. There are several ways listing online on how to ace an interview. Read them. Try to understand your weakness and show the employers your plus points that are very much required for the job. Exploit them with your charm and skills which will ultimately get the focus away from your bad grades.
This is an advancing technological era and in this rat race of getting a great job, sometimes you are bound to be left behind. But this is not permanent. Even if you have not cleared an interview yet, you have to stand your ground with great passion and confidence again till you succeed.
There might be many that will try to number you out. Be prepared to face every challenge with super confidence. You have to learn the fact that your grades will not define you or your future in any way.