Jump on Jewelry Job Options, Oct. 27th at GIA's West Coast Career Fair and Open House

Oct 17, 2006, 01:00 ET from Gemological Institute of America

    CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Picture it: The jewelry
 trade's most prominent employers meeting with qualified job applicants.
 Dozens of the industry's leaders volunteering time to mentor enthusiastic
 job seekers. Seminars with expert panelists sharing advice on how to turn a
 love of jewelry into a successful career. For job seekers, what could be
     At GIA's 2006 West Coast Jewelry Career Fair, that is exactly what
 students, seasoned professionals, and entry-level job seekers will find.
     On Oct. 27, Career Fair attendees can explore jewelry career options as
 diverse as designing, retailing, marketing, and laboratory work with
 companies such as Tiffany & Co., Whitehall Jewelers, Zale Corp., and
     Besides bringing job seekers and recruiters together, GIA's Career Fair
 even has something for those looking to launch their own businesses.
 Aspiring entrepreneurs in the jewelry industry will learn how to turn their
 dreams into reality during the discussion on "Starting Your Own Business."
     At this seminar, Kazanjian Bros' Michael Kazanjian, eBay's Christopher
 Spencer, the San Diego Gemological Laboratory's Thom Underwood, and Steve
 Mindel from the law firm of Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt, Klein, & Kline will
 share their knowledge of the legal and financial hurdles of starting a
 business. They will also discuss how to prepare for life as an entrepreneur
 in the jewelry industry.
     "Career Fair has the ability to showcase not only exciting jewelry
 career opportunities, but also the incredible camaraderie and professional
 support that's so unique to our industry," said Kathryn Kimmel, vice
 president of Marketing and Public Relations and founder of Career Fair.
 "Whether through the recruiting sessions, seminars and workshops, or
 one-on-one career coaching, attendees are sure to come away with a fuller
 appreciation of what the jewelry industry is all about."
     Career Fair was founded 16 years ago by GIA and The Jewelers 24 Karat
 Club of Southern California. The JCK Publishing Group and The Jewelers 24
 Karat Club of Southern California are the prime sponsors for GIA's West
 Coast Career Fair.
     To learn more about Career Fair, visit http://www.careerfair.gia.edu.
 Job seekers can also call the GIA Jewelry Career Fair hotline at
 800-421-7250, ext. 4100, or e-mail Careerfair@gia.edu. Employers who wish
 to set up a recruiting table may contact Dani Oliver, GIA Career Services
 manager, at 800-421-7250, ext. 4195, careerservices@gia.edu.
     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(TM) 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. Media queries contact Laura Simanton, 760-603-4112.

SOURCE Gemological Institute of America