Top 30% add it in the resume?

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selina19
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Top 30% add it in the resume?

Postby selina19 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:12 pm

Do u think its helpful to add your rank into the resume when you are only in the top 30%?

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Re: Top 30% add it in the resume?

Postby Slobberson » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:28 pm

My reasoning:

1. If you don't, they'll probably assume you did bad.
2. Top 1/3rd is good. You did better than a big chunk of your class.

Thus, you should put it on. This is just one point of view. Don't take my word for it.

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Re: Top 30% add it in the resume?

Postby shock259 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:00 pm

Definitely. I think anything above 50% is worth putting on there. You are just making the firm do more work otherwise (looking up your school's median, etc). And you did well.

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Re: Top 30% add it in the resume?

Postby random5483 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:50 am

Top 30-35% = put it in resume. Anything above that and you should almost definitely put it in resume unless you have a compelling reason not to. Outside of top 35% and above top 50% is less clear.

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Re: Top 30% add it in the resume?

Postby Perseus_I » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:18 am

selina19 wrote:Do u think its helpful to add your rank into the resume when you are only in the top 30%?


What if your school says "students may not indicate class rank in application materials" but nevertheless provides the cutoff for top 25% and you're well above that?

My guess is firms probably know the no-ranking policy and would wonder if a student who violates school policies might also violate firm policies.
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Re: Top 30% add it in the resume?

Postby nygrrrl » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:24 am

Our career planning office definitely recommends putting top third or above on your resume.

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Re: Top 30% add it in the resume?

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:06 pm

Perseus_I wrote:
selina19 wrote:Do u think its helpful to add your rank into the resume when you are only in the top 30%?


What if your school says "students may not indicate class rank in application materials" but nevertheless provides the cutoff for top 25% and you're well above that?

My guess is firms probably know the no-ranking policy and would wonder if a student who violates school policies might also violate firm policies.


Are you saying you want to guess your rank or put the cutoff for top 25%? Doing either would be harmful in my opinion--you really shouldn't be putting a guessed rank on your resume and as for the cutoff, UT has grade inflation, which means firms not familiar with UT will assume you have a higher class rank than you really do (and those that are familiar with UT will consider it weird that you're putting the cut-off). Basically, no UT puts either thing on their resume, and if you did you would probably stick out in a negative way if you did.




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