Should I include GCSE results in my CV?

A quick follow-up to the post “The ideal CV of a software professional” to answer a question I’m asked surprisingly often in various forms:

I’m 28 years old. Should I include my GCSE results in my CV?

My first reaction as a hiring manager is no, don’t bother. What you did at school ten years ago is insignificant compared to what you’ve done since then.

However – a lot of people with experience do include their GCSE results in their CV, and there is probably a class of manager who wants to see them.

I would only say it’s unlikely you will be hired on the strength of your GSCE results.


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Ed Guiness

I am the author of Ace the Programming Interview, published 2013 by John Wiley and Sons. In 2012 I founded, a volunteering organisation for programmers. I have been a professional programmer for more than 20 years, and a hiring manager since 2004.

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