Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Friday, February 3, 2017
When reviewing recent graduate or current student resumes, its not uncommon that these candidates have very little to no work experience. Recruiters and hiring managers understand this, and will look to other parts of your resume outside of your work experience to determine if you could be the right fit for a job. For instance, they may look at your volunteer or community service experience, or if you were involved in sports, fraternities/sororities, or other student organizations. They will also pay attention to keys details like the role you held in each. It's great if you were a member, but it speaks louder if you held a leadership role in the group, such as being President of the National Honor Society or captain of the Rugby team. You can also mention projects you lead or were involved in with these organizations. Companies know that you may not have a ton of work experience relevant to your career objective, but having at least one internship under your belt before you graduate would be beneficial.