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Gem and Jewellery’s Pre-Eminent Recruiting Event Inspires and Educates

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Susan Jacques, GIA's president and CEO, kicks off the Careers Fair on 9 October 2015

GIA’s Jewellery Careers Fair & Open House draws 600+ attendees

CARLSBAD, Calif. – 14 October 2015 – More than 600 jobseekers and guests packed GIA’s headquarters in coastal Carlsbad on 9 October, where 33 companies were looking to fill hundreds of positions during the Institute’s annual Jewellery Careers Fair & Open House. The gem and jewellery industry’s most illustrious recruiting experience drew crowds for hiring opportunities, one-on-one career coaching and three panel discussions with award-winning designers, innovative entrepreneurs and top executives.

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The event kicked off with the panel presentation “Job Success in Today’s Market”. L to R: Moderator Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO; Douglas K. Hucker, CEO of AGTA; Dave Bindra, vice president of B & B Fine Gems; Jose Hess, president of Jose Hess Design, LLC; and Jordan Tabach-Bank, owner and CEO of Beverly Loan Company and New York Loan Company.
“Many of you are eager to embark on a new career in the gem and jewellery industry. And let me tell you, this is a fantastic first step,” said Jacques. “So strike up a conversation with the person sitting next you. Stop by a recruiter table for a company you’re unfamiliar with today. Networking will take you places you never imagined.”

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JCK magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Victoria Gomelsky moderated a standing-room only panel “From Design to Finish”, featuring an exclusive line-up of American Jewelry Design Council members. L to R: Pascal Lacroix, jewellery designer/master goldsmith at Atelier Pascal Lacroix; Susan Helmich, owner of Susan Helmich Fine Jewelry; Scott Keating, designer, goldsmith and owner of Scott Keating Design, Inc.; Adam Neeley, gallery owner and designer at Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry; and Alan Revere, founder and director of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.
“Focusing too much on trends is dangerous. If you don’t pay attention to what you can contribute to the times, you’ll miss the beat,” advised Helmich. “Live on the edge, not in your comfort zone. That’s where the growth is,” added Revere.

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Closing the day’s events was a captivating panel on “Creative Careers”. L to R: Moderator Mark Smelzer, publisher of JCK magazine and JCK Online; Au-Co Mai, CEO of and; Tim Adams, art historian and historical goldwork scholar; Michael Good, jewellery designer and sculptor at Michael Good Designs; and Randi Molofsky, co-founder of For Future Reference.  

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“Creativity means jumping into the unknown, not jumping into the known,” Good told a captive audience. “You only learn by making mistakes, not by any other condition.”
GIA hosted its first Jewellery Careers Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, California. Since then, the event has expanded and linked gem and jewellery companies with future employees at more than 50 events in India, and in Las Vegas, New York and the GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad. The free jewellery event marks the only time each year that GIA’s coastal 30-acre campus is open to the public without appointment.
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About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognised by virtually every professional jeweller in the world.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.