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By Cyndi D. Lynch
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27 Apr 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I really like the organized manner in which speaker Cyndi has presented his flow of ideas.
Speaker Cyndi suggested various ideas to get success in the Career fair:
Firstly, he mentions that the most important part of the career fair is good networking capabilities. Networking should not be one-sided and it should be more like a conversation between two people.
Secondly, He also gave ideas about how to answer the very first question in the career fair -Tell me about yourself? He says we should give the recruiters a clear idea in the very first question that why the recruiter should hire us.
Thirdly, He also mentions the importance of CARS – Challenge, action, result and skills in the elevator speech.
Finally, another important point he mentioned that to build your resume on the basis of the company requirements. Taking notes also helps to get success in the career fair. He also said to ask the recruiter about the further steps for the interview to get success in the career fair.
Overall Feedback: I think the presentation was very organized and well-structured in terms of the flow of ideas of the speaker. I definitely believe the seminar will help me a lot to perform better in the career fair.
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26 Apr 2018
The presentation was a well thought out and structured look at what to do at a job fair. What I appreciated most about the speaker's presentation was the use of practical information, such as collecting business cards, what to do while waiting in line, or what to do when a recruiter requests a coffee meeting. By providing these specific situations that many of us find ourselves in, the speaker keeps the audience engaged and interested. It is immediately apparent how we can apply most of this information to our own time at career fairs. I particularly liked when she included the rather embarrassing things many of us do at job fairs, such as not researching the companies before hand, or going straight to grabbing as much free stuff as possible.
My main criticism of the presentation would be the ending. It felt very abrupt. Perhaps a short summary or transition to questions would make the presentation end on a smoother note.
24 Apr 2018
Name: Zijian Zhu
The speaker talks about career fair. I believe most on-campus students attend career fair before. But people may miss several detailed things. She conveys what should we do before, during and after career fair. For example, we should target several companys that we are interested in. And we should prepare network narrative to introduce ourselves better. We can attend information session to know our dream companys deeply.
After the career fair, we can contact recruiter with our up-to-date information and keep in touch with them.
Overall, it is a good presentation and i can learn a lot from it.
19 Apr 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Summarizing the talk in the following points:
Listing different methods to find a job.
What is career fair?
Then the benefits of career fair: Network with fellow job seekers , Gain insight into different positions, Gain networking and interviewing skills with experienced recruiters ,Develop your professional network, Submit your resume to companies.
Elements of career fair: Information Session , Interviews ,Seminars,Networking with Faculty
goals of recruiters :Get you to visit their table , Provide information , Evaluate candidates.
goal of guest :Learn about companies , Network with recruiters ,Identify opportunities • Learn about skills.
Before career fair: update ur resume, prepare list of companies u will target, prepare questions, prepare ur networking narratives, good impression.
On carrier fair : Make a good first impression, introduce yourself , Deliver your networking narrative , Focus on the company you fit.
After carrier fair: identify the possible opportunity and contact the recruiters with ur updated resume and ur questions.
I the talk includes alot of important information about career fair. I never understand the importance of career fair and how to get the most out of it.
The speaker was nice and talk in good speed.
17 Apr 2018
This lecture starts from "What is a career fair?" to almost all of the questions about career fair. That is worthy of viewing.
I believe that almost everyone knows what is a career fair. However, I do not think every one could understand the event so deeply as she illustrates. For example, in my own view, I think a career fair is an interview. Someone hands up his resume and waits for the evaluation from HR of company. However, the speaker told me that it is a matching. The HR of company could examine job seekers of course. But the job seekers can ask some questions as well.
The speaker described that how to prepare a career fair before its start, during the career fair as well as after the career fair. I think it is very useful and detailed. For example, many of job seekers may feel released after attending a career fair and do something unrelated to that career fair, instead of contact the company or concludes the result. Many of job seekers may feel nothing about asking questions about desired company. They may do not consider why they want these jobs.
After all I like the lecture! However, I can just give 4 stars:
1. I don't like the format of video. It makes me a little uncomfortable.
2. She has many useful pieces of advice. That is fine. But she could illustrate it in more details by combing with examples.
3. She could make some categories of companies or departments, such as product/management/researcher. How should we prepare for those jobs respectively?
Taylor W Hubbard
16 Apr 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cyndi Lynch spoke in her presentation about how to go into a career fair to acquire a job and make a memorable impression on the recruiter you are talking to. One of the major things she brought up, that I had not heard of before is a networking narrative. This is like an elevator speech, but is able to be extended past a minute based on the time available with the recruiter. This can help you if you are brought to the side to further discuss your skill set with the recruiter and need to talk for 15 and 30 minutes. She also discussed a career fair game plan. She suggests getting a list of the companies before and prioritizing which ones you want to visit. Make sure you are prepared with something to write with, plenty of resumes and if needed even breathe mints.
Although Ms. Lynch had a lot of information, her voice was very monotone the majority of the presentation. Most of the information in this session I have heard before or seen in person at a career fair. The information was all very relevant although there were not outstanding point or tips that you would get from speaking with anybody else. One of the points we talked about in class is if you go to eat with the recruiter, don’t buy alcohol. Tips like this that aren’t completely obvious and would have made the presentation more exciting and memorable.
08 Apr 2018
This is a good talk about preparing yourself for a career fair. This lecture is useful for people who have and have not attended a career fair. For people without such experience, this lecture provides basic information about career fair. For example, this talk first introduced what will happen in a career fair and why we should go to a career fair. For people who have been in several career fairs like me, this lecture is also useful. This talk reminds me of my previous experience and let me realize what I did right and what I did wrong before.
In this talk, the most useful part for me is developing network narrative. This part gives me a guide about how to organize my narratives and by which means I should deliver my words to recruiters. And the example here is very useful for me to understand the speaker’s strategy. Another very important thing I learned from this lecture is the importance of preparing for the lecture. The speaker mentioned many things that I ignored before such as researching company in advance and follow-up emails. These tips can be keys to get an interview.
Overall, this talk is very informative and well structured. For people who are in job market or are interested in career fair, I recommend this lecture.
04 Apr 2018
The lecture generally is informative in several aspect.
For example, the lecture do cover about how to dress, what to do before and after a job fair, things like that. The coverage is a little general. I would like to see how some details are ironed out. For example, an interview video would be great to illustrate what's the right and wrong to behave during a career fair. The organization and topic is clearly stated overall. Just would be better if the speaking pace is more neutral. Sometimes speaking pace is a little fast to catch.
Again, the information provided is useful in future job fair. Some minor things need to improve.
29 Mar 2018
Preparing for Career fair
I liked the voice modulation and presentation flow of the speaker Cyndi.
I attended 2 career fair in Spring and Fall but I was not able to get an interview. This presentation was really helpful for me to understand the mistakes I was doing in both of them.
The important things to take care of during the Fair is to network. Networking doesn’t mean to tell about yourself but also to understand and hear the story of the recruiter. It should be a conversation and not speech.
I believe in my preparation for the career fair, I didn’t actually looked at the question “Tell me about yourself” properly. I understand Cyndi’s concept where we should relate the work we did to the companies requirement. It becomes more like “Why should we hire you” rather than “Tell me about yourself”. As the lecturer mentions it is very important to have CARS(challenge, action, results, skills) in your speech.
I did not know that we can bring multiple resumes tailored to each company. I think this is really great to know and would definitely try it in coming Career Fair. I also didn’t know that we have to wear the name tags on the right side, it gives visual benefit.
Another good advice, talk to people in the queue - that is also networking. Get to know about other companies from the students in the line.
Try to get business card and follow up with them after fair but do not push the recruiters. Also, ask for steps for the interview process. Take notes - another important thing to do in the career fair
The thing that is missing in the lecture is everyone says “Ask a good question”. But nobody explains what is a good question? How to come up with those questions to leave a mark on the recruiter. Can you ask a recruiter for their name again? If you forget their name during the conversation?
07 Dec 2017
This presentation mainly seemed to give an overview of career fairs to an audience that had never been to one before. For those of us who have attended many career fairs and had internships, this seemed very basic. I find it hard to believe that some of the things that the speaker discussed were unknown to all listeners. For example, it is quite obvious what companies want in a career fair and what a student should be looking to gain from a career fair.
However, the speaker did mention a few suggestions of items that I have never even thought to ask at a career fair. For example, I hadn’t thought to ask about company culture at a career fair. I always felt like it’s a time to sell yourself and to find out those pieces of information at the interview stage. However, Ms. Lynch has changed my mind on this concept by saying the information flow should go both ways. I also never thought to write down what I was planning to say at a career fair and have set word limits and percentages of different topics. Mostly, I’ve “winged it” by knowing what key points I wanted to hit and going from there based on the flow of the conversation.
Lastly, it seemed that the speaker was a little uncomfortable with her speech? Not being able to see the video makes it a little difficult to gauge but it seemed she was lacking confidence. Which I doubt is true since development is her strength and she is probably used to giving this presentation or something related.
07 Dec 2017
This presentation is extremely useful for someone like me who has never attended a career fair before. The speaker made me understand what exactly happens in a career fair and from the recruiters point of view. They come all the way investing time and money and its in the student's best interest to take advantage of that. The speaker also makes it clear the importance doing prior research on a specific company before approaching them during the career fair. Asking them the right questions is important to get a good impression and to achieve that, some level of pre-work is required. The speaker also talks about the importance of updating the resume for the career fair and provides some tips to do so.
The speaker spoke in a fluid and structured manner. This lecture is a great launchpad and I would recommend it to anyone who is new to career fairs.
07 Dec 2017
Overall, the "Preparing for a Career Fair" lecture was helpful in providing some specifics to keep in mind when attending a career fair. I have listened to several of lectures like this and found information in this one that I hadn't heard before.
Particularly, I had never thought about that fact that other colleagues would be there speaking with companies that I may be interested in, but not have enough time to speak with. I appreciated her advice about using these resources to gain as much information from the limited time at the career fair.
I also feel as if she gave some good examples of questions to ask recruiters. Overall, these questions should be specific and about information you could not find on their websites. I have always had difficulty figuring out questions to ask because I felt like I could find all their information online. Some examples she gave that I definitely will be utilizing are things about the culture, how formal the dress code is, whether people tend to move horizontally within the company, and things in those areas, as well as specific skills or traits they look for in their candidates. These questions give clear information about the culture of the company and what they value in their employees, without asking directly what the culture is since most companies will tend to make their culture seem better than it may actually be.
I feel as if some of the information presented, particularly at the beginning was very obvious things about career fairs. I feel as if this information could have taken less time so as to leave time for the things that people often overlook when it comes to career fairs. For example, I would have liked to have more information and applicable examples on networking narratives and perhaps less information about where to learn about companies online.
I think there were some good tips on how to continue the conversation with a recruiter. Sometimes I have a hard time knowing what to talk about for the 5-10 minutes and I think there were some good examples of how to progress the conversation, such as learning what they expect as far as applications are concerned (whether to continue applying online or if meeting at the career fair is enough).
Overall, the lecture had good content that was useful to even someone who has lots of experience at career fairs. The lecture was somewhat unorganized, it felt as if we jumped from talking to preparation to what you'll experience and back several times. Some information was also repeated so it gave the unorganized impression as well. All in all, though, I got good information and will definitely be able to utilize some of the advice given at the next career fair I attend.
06 Dec 2017
The seminar on 'Preparing for a Career Fair' by Cyndi Lynch covers not only topics pertaining to the day of the career fair but also covers things to do before and after the career fair. The most informative part was how to prepare yourself for the day. There are a lot of students who attend the career fair and time management is of utmost importance. She talks about something called 'networking narrative' which is a kind of elevator speech but more focused on initiating a dialogue rather than telling everything you have done so far. She mentions some important topics to talk about with a recruiter. Avoid asking questions on things which are available publicly on their website, rather talk about work environment, company culture, things like work from home opportunities. She also mentions to prepare yourself to talk about what motivates you to join that company, rather than just saying that you are willing to work for anyone who offers a job. Another important resource available before the career fair day is the company presentations, you get a little bit more time to talk to the recruiters because not many students attend such presentations. On the career fair day dress professionally and while interacting with recruiters talk clearly, project your voice and avoid being distracted by other conversations going around.
The seminar can be improved by mentioning some things that should be avoided during the career fair day, personal experiences from students who think what went wrong for them and how they improved on that.
06 Dec 2017
The presentation was very informative although by participating in one of the job fairs we get most of the key points she mentioned in her talk. The thing that was interesting for me was the section of job search strategy that is essential to find a position as an internship or a career. Actually, having a good network can take months and years to be built.
Besides the materials about finding the resources, she provided useful information about time management, providing a proper resume , preparing for job career and so on.
06 Dec 2017
This talk mostly is about preparing for career fairs. What can one expect from it and the benefits of it. For a freshly joined graduate student, career fairs can be very overwhelming. This kind of guide can really help for what to look for/expect from a career fair and also about do’s and dont’s. A particular point which was stressed upon is networking, which is in fact a very important concept. Its interesting to find out recruiter’s career fair goals. I felt the “before the fair” points are very helpful: Developing a job search strategy or constructing a networking narrative. CARS format for personal identity is very effective. Very little emphasis was made on resume but things to do on career fair and meeting with recruiters were discussed in detail. I really feel managing time at the career fair is the most important topic addressed. Personally, I would say the take away points would be what to do after career fair.
The speaker presented at a very comfortable pace. The logical flow of the presentation was good and crisp enough to engage the audience. It would be great if this talk was shown to someone before attending their first career fair.
Roland N Green
05 Dec 2017
Cyndi Lynch's presentation on preparing for a career fair was useful in bringing together a lot of the information presented in previous presentation. It brought up many of the ways to search for careers, such as websites, career fairs, and using your personal network, which brought a few new ideas for searching for jobs to mind.
A useful tip that I got from the presentation was using a career fair for networking. I had previously thought about using a career fair for only distributing my resume and looking for a job. This coupled with taking advantage of information sessions for this same end was also useful information in this presentation.
One important thing on what to do "Before the Fair" that I thought was an important point was constructing your professional identity. I have usually focused on my technical abilities and goals, but the never really thought about having a cohesive identity to describe myself.
A final point that I have not done in the past that I think would be useful for me is creating a "Career Fair Game Plan". I believe this would help me in not missing out on opportunities due to a lack of time.
One of the things that I believe this presentation could have been improved by was more information on getting to know a specific company. I feel this area is one of te most important when an interviewer is narrowing down candidates.
05 Dec 2017
There were a few things I liked about this lecture. I liked the overview of topics covered. The speaker talks about building the professional identity, networking narrative, job search strategies – funding/int, company research – how to pull out profiles, what type of questions to ask during the career fair, creating a career fair game plan. This is a process to work through before a career fair.
I also liked the structure she provides to develop the networking narrative. This is a more general version of an elevator pitch because it can be adjusted according to the need. She talks about how to utilize the CARS method to allocate length/time when talking about experiences. She mentions the importance on not only talking about the experiences but also allocating 25% of the time to talk about how these connect to what the employer need.
While this was a good video to watch, it doesn’t give out much information that we already don’t know about. As graduate students, we have been in school for several years and have gone to quite a few career fairs. So unless this is the first ever career fair you will be going to I wouldn’t recommend the video. Instead of giving an overview of how general career fairs work, it would have been good if the lecture could focus a little more on what the audience of this video – graduate electrical engineering students – may have to face in a career fair. And given the large number of international students in the department, providing some information on job search as an international student would have been a good idea too.
Sai Ravi Teja Boggavarapu
01 Dec 2017
The presentation as a whole was very informative about the preparation strategy for a career fair - practice introduction narrative, company shortlist and organization research. Particularly, the breakdown of networking narrative was helpful as I always find it difficult to make choices regarding what to include in it. It was also helpful to know that CCO has institutional profiles to research about the company.
The career fair game plan was a bit brief and would have liked if she could have elaborated on the kind of companies to look at. Example - Being international student, people still advise to check out the companies that have registered only for hiring US citizens. But is it worth spending time on such companies? ...Also, 10 mins/company is not feasible, could have explained more on time management on the career fair day.
The advise on sending thank you emails to the recruiters the next day was something I did not know was expected from a career fair. It would have been more resourceful if the presenter could have explained about the time span to maintain before following up with the recruiter. Also, personally I would have liked to know how to keep the recruiter engaged as I often find myself completing the conversation well before my colleagues.
Stephanie Michelle Johnson
27 Nov 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
While a lot of useful information was provided, nothing really made it any different from information that is readily available about career fairs. Nor was anything specific to graduate students. In my own experience, career fairs are slightly different in grad school vs undergrad, so it would be useful to know what to expect from that standpoint. In addition, many lines at Purdue’s career fairs can require individuals to wait for over an hour, advice on how to manage those lines when they are at the top of a candidates list, other than to get there early, would be useful. A greater distinction between the elevator speech and the networking narrative would be useful as well. I understand this video is nearly 8 years old, but it’s content are already very out of date, especially in regards to the first few slides. In regards to the delivery, there were a lot of cut off, or jagged, sentences. This made it somewhat difficult to follow and decreased the credibility of the speaker.
Vichitha Kekanaje Chinmaya
23 Nov 2017
The whole session was very resourceful and insightful on how to prepare for a career fair. It helped me understand the kind of questions to be asked to the recruiter, the kind of information to be researched out about a company the vocal and narrative practices to be done prior to interactions with the recruiters. It also helped me understand vital details on how the Purdue CCO works, the possible pre-interview and post-interview talks that can take place, the things to be carried such as the portfolio, pens, the kind of attire to wear and wear exactly to wear the name take and so on. It also helped me gain insight into how to manage time during the career fair and how to reflect on the interactions post the career fair for improvement. The slides were very effective and organized. The overall presentation communicated the points very clearly and with a good pace and delivery.
29 Oct 2017
This seminar covered the aspects of what a career fairs is, what sort of preparation one should be doing before career fairs, what to be doing during a career fair and what needs to be done after meeting and interacting with recruiters at the career fair.
Although quite a bit of the information seemed to be common sense like trying to get more information about the recruiters, I would have liked to know more about the different ways in which one could go ahead doing that. Also there does not seem to be any information that International students need to be weary of. I have heard of recruiters who had no idea that international students, depending on their visa statuses, do not need sponsorship unless they are working full-time for the company. I also wish other tip and tricks like CARS are mentioned more in detail as these would be perfect mnemonics which are easy to remember and implement during a conversation.
I did like some suggestions as to which questions one can ask the recruiter of a company like whether the company is product driven or service driven. These examples were something that I had not heard frequently and seemed to put someone forward as curious in actually getting ot know more about the workings of a company. Also, the tip on talking to people around you while you are waiting in line to get more information about other comapanies was a good one.
Overall this seminar had some good tips and tricks but can be improved by adding more mnemonics and also mentioning some ideas and things that international students might have to be weary about. It is a good introduction to someone who has not attended a career fair.
Daniel Mas Montserrat
28 Apr 2017
This seminar give some advice respect career fair. It provides useful information for before, during and after the career fair. Some of the information or advices are just common sense
The presentation starts giving an overview on what is a career fair about and it compares it with other options to find job opportunities (like applying online). It gives some information about the environment you will find in the career fair and what recruiters are looking for.
It follows giving some tips on what to do before the career fair. This include things like working on your resume (update it, have different, make multiple copies…), do some research about the companies (using website, social media, find out about their location, competitors, headquarters, goals…) , prepare some speech/identity (using CARS format), make a plan for the career (make a list or schedule).
Then, it gives some information and tips for the day of the affair: dress professionally, arrive early, do not forget resumes, make sure to meet the recruiters
The lecture ends up with some information for after the career fair (taking notes, saving cards or documents, send thank you or follow up emails…)
Good things about lecture:
Is well structured
Visuals are clear and well structured
The speaker does not speak in a fluid manner
Almost all information provided in this lecture is common sense
09 Dec 2016
This seminar touches upon introduction to a career fair and how you can utilize the opportunities presented at the career fair. For most of the students career fair is a platform where they can get connected to industry person. The presenter talked about how a career fair works and how you can prepare for it. There are ways you can prepare for the career fair, by going to CCO website and getting more information about available opportunities, preparing a resume and making sure you have a great conversation starter to have a good first impression in small amount of time. After the career fair it’s always good to keep in touch with the people you spoke at career fair. I wish the presenter would have talked more about how to actually make most of the career fair when there is lot of information to process.
08 Dec 2016
Generally, this seminar gives a brief introduction to the career fair and what to do in the whole process. You will get to know the following after the seminar,
(1) Some useful information, resources and suggestions for an advanced career
(2) Basic knowledge about a career fair
(3) How to prepare for career fair – resume, institutional profiles, dresses
(4) What to do during the career fair
(5) What to do after the career fair
However, the lecturer has the following weaknesses and does not give an impressive lecture.
(1) She speaks too fast, without any pauses and emphasis, just like reading a document.
(2) The structure for this lecture is not clear. The speak just provides with knowledge and knowledge again, sometimes before the career fair and sometimes after the career fair.
07 Dec 2016
This lecture describes how to prepare a job fair.
Some of concepts are overlapped with "Resumes: Develop your message, tell your story" presented by an identical lecturer.
But, I have never gone to a job fair (I just passed without participating in it)
I wondered what is a job fair.
Some parts of her lecture were cliched. However, I could get what is the purpose of a career fair from the perspective of companies and recruiters. And, what I should prepare before participating in a career fair.
Especially, I thought I need to take a simple interview. However, the lecturer mentioned that I need to do something even after a job fair. Such as emailing and showing interest in position continuously. I guess recruiters are not interested in these things. (At least, in my country, maybe they are not interested in + they are busy).
But, I will participate in the next job fair. I should consider such 'post'-action. That was the point I got.
If I evaluate this lecture, well.. not such good lecture. She couldn't use visual effects efficiently. Most contents are letters. Some pictures were useless. I guess she may can use some overall step in a graph form or flow chart.