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06 Mar 2014, 16:18
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Anyone who scored well on the GMAT has probably considered how to best market their score, either on a resume or LinkedIn. Let's be real- you want people to know about it! Perhaps you may have even, like I did, gone to your LinkedIn page, started to edit your profile and slam up that "720" or "770" or whatever monster score you got, only to stop and think... "Does this make me look like a d-bag?"

The fact is, to some degree, my intentions are not honorable because, to be honest, I want potential employers to be impressed by my great score. But at the same time, they're honorable because I worked really hard to earn that score, and I think it's helps represent part of my skill set.

Now keep in mind I'm talking about LinkedIn here. Many opinions differ on the purpose of LinkedIn and its purpose in the professional world, so I'd like to hear your thoughts. LinkedIn has a specific place for "Test Scores," where the name of the test and the score you got can be front and center. For now, I'm staying away from that section, but I'm conflicted because I personally have two pretty good test scores (LSAT and GMAT, 99th percentile). For now I've placed them as a last small bullet in my "Additional Honors and Awards Section," and it reads "99th percentile LSAT and GMAT." Not the actual score.

What do you think?
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07 Mar 2014, 00:58
If you go to a top 15 school (law or MBA) people will know you probably scored high. The exception to writing it out I think is during business school recruiting- i've heard some companies specifically ask.
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07 Mar 2014, 05:25
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mickeyd wrote:
Anyone who scored well on the GMAT has probably considered how to best market their score, either on a resume or LinkedIn. Let's be real- you want people to know about it! Perhaps you may have even, like I did, gone to your LinkedIn page, started to edit your profile and slam up that "720" or "770" or whatever monster score you got, only to stop and think... "Does this make me look like a d-bag?"
The fact is, to some degree, my intentions are not honorable because, to be honest, I want potential employers to be impressed by my great score. But at the same time, they're honorable because I worked really hard to earn that score, and I think it's helps represent part of my skill set.
Now keep in mind I'm talking about LinkedIn here. Many opinions differ on the purpose of LinkedIn and its purpose in the professional world, so I'd like to hear your thoughts. LinkedIn has a specific place for "Test Scores," where the name of the test and the score you got can be front and center. For now, I'm staying away from that section, but I'm conflicted because I personally have two pretty good test scores (LSAT and GMAT, 99th percentile). For now I've placed them as a last small bullet in my "Additional Honors and Awards Section," and it reads "99th percentile LSAT and GMAT." Not the actual score.
What do you think?

Great question. After slogging for quite some while to find a new gig, I felt that my LinkedIn profile didn't matter much. Don't get me wrong - my profile was always updated and looked very professional. But, unlike others, I stopped putting a ton of effort into it. I felt it was more of a platform to connect with people/network and not for finding a job itself. And I wasn't very comfortable 'showing off' my score for that reason. Having said that, the score will carry more weight while I'm in business school, and I'm certain that I will put it up then and possibly, remove it when I'm out.

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are not honorable because, to be honest, I want potential employers to be impressed by my great score. - I don't see any problem with that. Linkedin was meant to aid in job search.
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07 Mar 2014, 07:28
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I say why not? As you said, you worked really hard at both of these tests. If you are proud of them, and Linked In is specifically there so you can showcase your skills and talents, then post them!

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09 Mar 2014, 17:40
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Hey there,

Generally speaking, I would advise against it. I definitely understand you worked really hard on it and kudos for that! However, the GMAT is, broadly, a means to an end. In the same way an LSAT or SAT score is. It gets you where you're going. So it's an implicit indicator. @SeekingAdvice pointed it correctly - if you go to a top ranked program, it's assumed you did well. A high score, in and of itself, might look a little out of place on your profile. For example, you probably don't have your GPA on there, right? You list the institution and, with that, comes a set of implicit accomplishments.

At the end of the day, there's no right answer here - it's up to you!

Bhavik
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