October 5, 2004
GIA Career Fair Next Week in Carlsbad
Gem and jewelry companies will be able to meet, interview, and hire applicants at the Gemological Institute of America's Jewelry Career Fair and Open House Oct. 15. Close to a thousand participants are expected for the 14th annual event, being held at GIA's Robert Mouawad Campus 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Recruiters say Career Fair is unsurpassed for finding the best qualified candidates in the industry, says GIA.
"In addition to the selection of high-quality candidates, we enjoy having the opportunity to network with other industry professionals and expose our company to the public at large," says Jennifer Hansen, recruiter for Robbins Bros., a regular recruiter at the event.
Companies who recruit at Career Fair receive free publicity and advertising before and after the event on GIA's Web site, through the "GIA Insider," by direct mail, in newspapers, trade magazines and the Internet.
Companies already committed to recruit are familiar throughout the industry, including Christie's, Tiffany & Co., Robbins Bros., Diamonds International, and Zale Corp.
Job seekers say Career Fair is the only place where they can network with some prestigious firms in the industry and receive free career advice all in one day, says GIA. "GIA was instrumental in getting me where I am today it was through Career Fair that I was able to secure a position as a graduate trainee at Christie's London," said Rahul Kadakia, G.G., who became the youngest member of the senior jewelry team at Christie's in 1996. Today he is still one of the youngest auctioneers in the company, and was recently named senior vice president and head of Christie's jewelry department. Kadakia says he could not have done it without GIA's Career Fair and the training he received from GIA. During Career Fair's opening session he will address attendees about how to make a success out of the day.
Recruiting space can be reserved by contacting GIA's Career Services office at (800) 421-7250, ext. 4195. Job seekers can call GIA's Jewelry Career Fair hotline at (800) 421-7250, ext. 4100, visit gia.edu or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free and open to the public. GIA's Jewelry Career Fair was founded by GIA and The 24 Karat Club of Southern California. Prime sponsor for the Carlsbad Career Fair is JCK International Publishing Group.