The gem and jewelry industry offers coaches at the Gemological Institute of America Jewelry Career Fair on July 27 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.
At 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 gem and jewelry VIPs who share their insights in workshops, panel discussions, and through career coaching sessions.
These individual coaching sessions provide one-on-one time with leaders from a 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 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. “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.”
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 http://careerfair.gia.edu for more information, or call GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair hotline at 800-421-7250, ext. 4100. Admission for job seekers is free.