Mention GPA increase in cover letter?

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Mention GPA increase in cover letter?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:02 pm

Or let transcript speak for itself? 3.2 first semester, 3.9 second semester.

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Re: Mention GPA increase in cover letter?

Postby rando » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Or let transcript speak for itself? 3.2 first semester, 3.9 second semester.


I wouldnt speak directly to gpa. Just mention improvement and let them refer to your transcript for gpa.

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Re: Mention GPA increase in cover letter?

Postby Jarndyce » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:53 pm

First off, congrats- that is quite an improvement.

I disagree with the poster above. I think you could turn that into a good paragraph in your cover letter. Talk about how you learn from your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Something like that...

Either way, that is awesome that you pulled your GPA up that much.

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Re: Mention GPA increase in cover letter?

Postby rando » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:14 pm

Jarndyce wrote:First off, congrats- that is quite an improvement.

I disagree with the poster above. I think you could turn that into a good paragraph in your cover letter. Talk about how you learn from your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Something like that...

Either way, that is awesome that you pulled your GPA up that much.


First of all. You didnt read what I wrote. I said to mention the improvement. Just not the specific gpa.

Second. I wouldnt utilize an entire paragraph. A cover letter should mention work experience and how it relates to the position you are applying for. You shouldnt devote that much to what amounts to one line on your resume.

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Re: Mention GPA increase in cover letter?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:21 pm

Congrats on the improvement!

I think maybe a line or two will suffice in the cover letter. Honestly though, in a cover letter, you really want to get across your particular interest in the firm/organization. A firm/organization will already be able to see that you improved your grades. Many firms concentrate heavily on grades, so your transcript is certain to get a look-see. Don't waste the space in the cover letter repeating what they already know. The cover letter is the chance to show a little personality.

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Re: Mention GPA increase in cover letter?

Postby Matthies » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:30 pm

Agree with some of the others, but will add this don't point out you negatives in your cover letter. Mentioning GPA increase is just calling attention to the fact that your fist semester GPA was not as good. leave it out entirely. Focus on:

What skills you have the employer needs, what you can do for the employer, how your background experience fist the employers position. You cover letter should be all about what you can do for them, and nothing about what you did for yourself. Its not an admission essay.

People read cover letters looking to either toss someone or move them to the next stage, don't call attention to something negative. Keep it all about this is what I have that you need/want and here is what I can do for you 9 in other words tailor it to the job your applying to).




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