Manuel, This is a great question! Employers look for different characteristics when recruiting from colleges. I think the best way to stand out is to be confident in the story that you tell about yourself through your resume and be enthusiastic and informed about the company you're interviewing with. Companies are looking for well-rounded employees who have shown a commitment to their education and their college community (which could be through a club, volunteering, or job). Some companies may want to see that you have had work experience through an internship or apprenticeship. Take advantage of the career fairs at colleges or in your city to get an idea of what jobs have openings for recent graduates. Remember to ask questions in the interview - especially ones that help you to understand how you will fit into the company and the team you'll be working closely with. Don't be afraid to brag about your accomplishments in school!
It depends on the career and the employer, but I can share what we look for. Usually we look for college graduates that have done more than the average college student. Students who have done internships, volunteer work or have participated in college clubs. The reasoning behind this is because these usually indicate that the candidate is driven, action oriented and has had the opportunity to practice what he is learning in the classroom.