GIA gears up for West Coast Career Fair

The Gemological Institute of America will host its West Coast Jewelry Career Fair and Open House on Oct. 27 at the Institute’s headquarters in Carlsbad.

Hundreds of GIA students, seasoned professionals, and entry-level job seekers come for initial job interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent employers, including Tiffany & Co., Whitehall Jewelers, Zale Corp., and Movado at GIA’s Robert Mouawad Campus. The Career Fair will run from 8: 30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Career Fair is also a place where industry leaders offer advice and insight for job seekers into what it takes to succeed in this diverse and rewarding field. One-on-one career coaching, professional development seminars, and networking with the trade’s key players are some of the benefits available to job seekers. Huw Daniel of Platinum Guild International, Matt Runci of Jewelers of America, and Mary Todd-McGinnis of Ben Bridge Jewelers will talk about the latest hiring trends in key industry sectors and offer tips about what makes a job seeker more competitive and marketable in today’s business environment.

Phil Blair, executive officer of Manpower of San Diego, will speak about the “do’s and don’ts” of finding, interviewing for, and securing a job.

The event is also an opportunity to tour the Institute’s campus and museum exhibits, attend classroom demonstrations, and learn about GIA’s educational services.

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