Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Congratulations on your academic accomplishments! While professional experience is important, it is not the only criteria that employers are looking for, but rather is one of many attributes that go into the screening process. Do not underestimate your hiring potential due to your lack of professional experience, however, you should redirect your focus on highlighting the key characteristics about yourself that will set you apart from the other potential job candidates that also do not have relevant work experience or even from those that do have respective job experience.
Leadership and volunteer roles held within campus organizations are great examples of skills that employers are seeking in their potential hires as earning and holding a leadership position shows great dedication, time management and also hard work to obtain such a position while also maintaining your academic responsibilities. Emphasizing such traits should be your main focus as well as highlighting any accolades/recognitions that you may have received during your collegiate career that showcases your leadership skills and/or specific area of expertise.In addition, your confidence will resonate well with employers as highlighting & framing your strengths, accomplishments and leadership roles / skills earned will affirm that you are a well rounded individual that can transition into a new employment opportunity.