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 better? 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 Movado. 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, email@example.com. 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