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From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. – There are sports coaches, life coaches and drama coaches. The gem and jewelry industry offers coaches of its own at the GIA Jewelry Career Fair on July 27 at the Jacobs Javits Center in New York.


At Career Fair, the jewelry industry’s annual recruiting event, job seekers not only get to interview with top employers, but they also get to meet, listen and learn from scores of gem and jewelry VIPs who share their insights in workshops, panel discussions and through career coaching sessions.


These individual coaching sessions provide exceptional one-on-one time with leaders from a wide variety of industry sectors including: appraising, diamonds, design, marketing, manufacturing, retail, and watches. The coaches are presidents, executives, and top level managers from successful companies who participate on a voluntary basis to share their expertise and passion for gems and jewelry with newcomers to the field.


At least 35 industry leaders have volunteered to coach at the GIA Career Fair New York event. Job seekers will have the opportunity ask questions, get advice on career paths, obtain tips on perfecting a resume and acing an interview. After choosing an area of interest within the industry, attendees will be assigned a coach on a first-come, first-served basis.


Kathryn Kimmel, GIA’s vice president of marketing and public relations and co-creator of Career Fair, said that career coaching fulfills an important need in shaping careers. “There are a lot of talented job seekers out there who are firmly committed to jewelry careers, but lack the specific advice and encouragement only our industry professionals can provide,” Kimmel said. She added, “Career Fair coaches truly represent what’s best about our industry – it’s not just about the incredible career opportunities, it’s also about the generosity and openness of the people who work in this industry.”


Diana Jarrett, colored stones editor for the trade industry publication, Rapaport, has been a career coach in the past and will participate again this year. “I am thrilled to continue my role as a mentor as I enjoy providing professional guidance to enthusiastic job seekers,” said Jarrett.


Jarrett said that through speaking to job seekers about their talents and experiences, she’s been able to identify valuable assets they may not have recognized.


Jarrett also believes this unique mentoring service sets it apart from traditional job fairs. “GIA puts a tremendous amount of careful thought and planning into fostering an effective, friendly and intimate environment for job seekers,” said Jarrett. “This event provides a successful bridge between the education process and the marketplace.”


In addition to the July 27th event being held in New York City, Career Fair will also be held on October 19th at GIA’s Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad, CA. Like New York, the Carlsbad event will feature career coaching in addition to panel sessions and recruiting opportunities.


Job seekers can visit for more information, or call GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair hotline at 800-421-7250, ext. 4100. Admission for job seekers is free.


GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair was founded by GIA and The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California. The prime sponsor for the New York Career Fair is The Nielsen Jewelry Group, and the prime sponsor of the Carlsbad event, to be held Oct. 19, is the JCK International Publishing Group.


About GIA:


An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at Media queries contact: Laura Simanton 760-603-4112.
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