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Will a low GPA kill my chances of getting a government job?

I've been in the workforce for 10 years after college but graduated with a sub-3.0 GPA. Now I'm applying for a mid-level federal government job and I have to provide my GPA. Will my grades severely hurt my chances of even being considered? I'm debating whether to address it in my cover letter (which could draw unnecessary attention to it) or just ignore it and focus on my work history and strengths.

Asked By: - 12/29/2010
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Focus on your work history. If you are trying to substitute education for specialized experience, the your GPA will hurt you, because a bachelor's with any GPA will qualify you for a GS-5, but a GS-7 requires a GPA of 2.95 or higher, and a GS-9 requires a masters degree with any GPA. However, if, for instance, you've... More
Answered By: FaithE - 12/30/2010
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Since you are and have been out of college while applying for the job, they will be more interested in your work history than your college GPA.
Answered By: kilps - 12/29/2010
 
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