A couple specific things I'm wondering about are:
- GPA inclusion, I'm only a 2.85/4.0 Although I managed to get on the Dean's List in my last semester
- Under my skills and interests tab, should I bunch all the computer skills together? Also, is that the appropriate place to put my interest in investing? On one hand, it's not something I learned through school, so there's no accreditation but does it not show that I am taking an active interest in learning how the market works and how to trade/invest?
First Job, No Skills, Bad Grades to Wall Street
Oh and I'm trying to get an entry-level position at any firm. It does not have to be a big name. I just need to get my foot in the door.
Will My GPA Effect My Internship Application?
When applying for finance internships, having a low GPA is a real hindrance. You want to be honest about it however and include your GPA on your resume. If you leave it out, your application will automatically be discarded. If it is missing it will be assumed it was too bad to include.
It is not necessary to include in your interests (or anywhere) an interest in investing. As you are applying for finance jobs, this is a given. Having personal investments is not something that stands out. Everyone does it these days and with your grades, it will be important to stand out. In the interest tab, include things that make you stand out. You want to include interests that are unique to you or that people can relate to.
Add your GPA unless you want people to assume it's too terrible to list and think you have a 2.4 or something. List your overall GPA first, followed by 'major' or 'concentration' GPA where you include grades from classes relevant to your named degree. Generally, that's more favorable than the overall in cases like these, so you may swing something that way.
For Interests, you need to remove all the financial stuff. Everyone already gets that you're interested in finance, you wouldn't be applying if you weren't. That's what the other 96% of your resume is, screaming out "PICK ME I WANT TO WORK IN FINANCE." Your interests are supposed to spark their attention and answer half of the fit questions before they even call you. If you are an interesting person, it ought to show your skills and interests. That's the one place you have free reign to express yourself a bit, so put what makes you, you there. It's called differentiation.
List your computer skills individually to demonstrate your abilities. It will help beef up your resume and potentially give you a bit of an edge.
How To Land A Job With Low GPA
To land a job with a low GPA, you will need to do some serious networking. Because your online presence leaves a lot to be desired, you will want to get in front of an actual person to demonstrate who you are and what you have to offer.
Network, network, network...With your resume you're highly unlikely to turn any heads or get callbacks from just submitting something online, you're going to need to talk to someone. Also, when talking to these people don't mention your GPA situation right off the bat because that will have an effect upon how they look at you the rest of the time.
When you do finally speak with someone, it will be important to change the conversation from your low grades to your other assets.
Read the below success story from Fast Company.
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