Career Fair Signals Growing Industry

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) held its 13th annual Jewelry Career Fair in October 2003. The event drew nearly 900 participants to GIA's world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., where they enjoyed free professional career counseling and met with recruiters from 29 gem and jewelry firms as well as some of the best-known industry leaders. "Discover what you love to do, seek your passion, follow your dream—and think big!" was the advice of GIA president Bill Boyajian to an audience of job seekers during his "From Dreams to Reality" presentation. "Honesty and integrity build value. We're in an industry where a handshake can seal a deal for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and if you develop good work ethics, you'll stand out. Character is more important than personality." The event drew visitors from as far as Texas, Michigan, and Utah. One-on-one counselors—industry lead
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