Q: I have a few questions.
First, some friends were recently debating whether it's good to include college GPA on a resume. I assume it's probably seen as mandatory for internships, but at what point do you scrap that? I'm a two-year vet of newspapers and had a pretty strong GPA (about 3.7) and graduated with honors and distinction. Does anyone care?
Second, how much value do recruiters give to international experience (particularly at English-language papers)?
Lastly, I'm nearing the completion of my first novel and have some interest from publishers. Obviously, I don't include fiction writing in any applications. But is that kind of a side-career something that employers need to know about? Could that be seen as a negative?
A: OK, 1-2-3:
1. Resumes are GPA-optional, even for internship candidates. Put it on if it's high, omit it if it's under 3.0, And, yes, two years is probably long enough.
2. Not as much as they would give to experience at U.S. newspapers of a similar or even somewhat smaller size. It's about comparable experience.
3. Recruiters can go either way on your fiction-writing side job. But don't wear your beret to the interview.
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