It took me 6 years to complete the degree because I failed multiple subjects. Ended up with a 2.5 GPA

I don’t really have any excuse like health/family/financial issues

I am applying for jobs unrelated to my major, most not even require a degree

I feel like listing my degree is actually hurting me

But if I don’t list it, how do I explain a 6-year resume gap?

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Should I even mention my degree?. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a
career and leadership coach, a former executive recruiter, the head
coach for a variety of different sites. So,
this person writes, "it took me six years to complete my degree because I failed
multiple subjects and ended up with a 2.5 GPA. I don't
really have an excuse like health or family or financial issues.
I'm applying for jobs unrelated to my major most not even requiring a degree.
i feel like listing my degree is actually hurting me but if i don't
list it how do I explain a six-year resume gap?
So, list the degree. Let's just get that one out of the way.
Now, why don't you say that you have . . . that you had
family issues or a financial problem?. Why don't you say that? Now, if you don't
believe in lying, I respect that. Don't do it. Here's another option.
You can say to people, "you know when i was younger,
I really didn't have my head in the game and thus when I was in school,
i didn't really do my job well and i learned the hard and expensive lesson
that I apply today. I dig in deep and i dive in
hard and i work hard to make sure i don't
repeat the mistakes I made in college.. That is a better option to me but you
have to practice saying it in your way with the same conviction that i'm saying
it so that an employer gets you and you can say at the end, "hey
look, I graduated with a 2.5 because I was young and dumb and
have learned my lessons about this." They may say, "how has this played out
since graduation? If you're a couple of years out of school,
if this is your first job out of school, you can basically say, "Hey look,
I learned the hard way a very painful and expensive lesson."
and look them in the eye as you say this.. Or, you can start off by looking down a
little bit and looking introspective and slowing your
speech down and delivering the line with as an
actor might and just say, "Hey look, when i was in
school, I was younger and dumber. I didn't have my head
in the game and I failed some classes and it took me
a lot longer than it should have. That was an expensive lesson to
learn. See how I'm approaching this?. You know, I'm acting and I'm trying to
convey sincerity. So, you have choices. You can do it one
way or the other. if you've got a third option, use that
one. Anyone else have an idea? Leave a message in
the notes to give other people a suggestion. But
these are two obvious ones. Number one is lying. Number
two is talk about the lessons learned from
this experience but don't obliterate six years of your
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Take care!


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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