Shpati21 wrote:21shumpshumpst wrote:Shpati21 wrote:Does GPA even matter that much today?
Only for your first job out of school and it depends on the job. Some companies won't even look at your resume unless you hit a threshold for GPA.
Our interns are like this. I think unless you have a 3.0 don't bother sending in a resume. Even if you lie they will ask you for your school transcript to validate the GPA you put on your resume.
What kind of business do you work for (no need to name it if you do not want to), and what was your college major?
What kind of things do you look for interns before you hire them (resume, interviews, etc.). What about after they get hired?
My GPA right now is a 3.7 out of 4. It is pretty good. I got lots of good friends and we help each other out big time. I probably could have gotten an even higher GPA. And I am a Management Information System (MIS) major.
I am trying to find a good summer internship.
I've touched a lot of industries (capital markets, insurance, credit cards, music). I have a degree in electrical and computer engineering. But most industries are the same in terms of what they are looking for.
Think of your GPA as the bare minimum requirement to get an internship. This is the easiest way for people to weed out the people who have potential to those who don't (I am not here to debate the merits of companies' weeding out process just telling you how it is).
After that the next thing people look for is do you have any previous experience, as in other internships. It is infinitely easier to get someone up to speed who is use to the work environment. If you don't, don't fret.
Other key points are what extracurricular activities have you done on or off campus that either relate to your major or that show you are a well rounded person. Also these extra curriculars hopefully show some type of leadership position. It is better to be the treasurer of a group than just a member.
Also, every intern resume I've seen has some generic objective "highly motivated, detailed oriented blah blah seeking blah blah position." If I see one more I am going to puke. Tailor it to the company you want. Read the position requirements then think of anything at all you have done in college or extra curriculars that fit those criteria they are asking for even if its loosely tied.
Here are some thing you should always always ask yourself before going into a new company. How does this company make money? The next question is , how does my position directly or indirectly affect/support the companies' bottom line. If you can answer this and answer it well in an interview you just stood out from tons of possible candidates.
Read the companies 10k to find out more about the company.
I have to do some work but this is I think a good basis. If you have anymore questions ask away hippie.