Tips for Job Seekers




 

Three Things to do Before GIA Jewelry Career Fair

  1. Review the Day at a Glance. This will help you make the most of GIA Jewelry Career Fair, and ensure that you attend sessions that are of interest to you.

  2. Learn about the companies that are recruiting. Impress recruiters by learning about their companies before meeting with them. Go to company websites, and develop questions about the company and job opportunities.

  3. Bring at least ten copies of your resume. You’ll have the opportunity to “speed date” with numerous recruiters. Make the most of these interviews by having enough copies of your resume to share.

Three Things to do at GIA Jewelry Career Fair

  1. Arrive on time. There’s a real buzz in the air when Career Fair begins. Be sure to arrive on time so you can get your badge, informational handouts, and a seat for the opening lecture.

  2. Get business cards from everyone you meet to help build your professional network.

  3. If you’re a jewelry designer, you’ll want to have a portfolio, tablet device, or laptop that showcases your best work. Bring it with you to Career Fair.

Three Things to do After GIA Jewelry Career Fair

  1. Send thank you notes to all recruiters you meet within three days of your interview.

  2. Send a resume and a note to the recruiters that you were unable to meet and express that you would like the opportunity to discuss potential employment.

  3. Follow up on promising opportunities within 1 week after the career fair if the recruiter does not contact you first.

FAQs

What types of companies attend GIA Jewelry Career Fair?

Depending on the location, 30 to 60 companies ranging from prestigious brands to innovative startups typically recruit at the career fair. These companies include retailers, auction houses, design firms, and others from the gem and jewelry industry. Click here to see what companies are recruiting in New York or Carlsbad

What should I bring to GIA Jewelry Career Fair?

Bring several copies of your resume, business cards, pen & paper, and prepared questions. If you need advice creating a resume, Career Services can help you. The Job Seeker's Handbook also has helpful tips. If you are a jewelry designer, be sure to bring your portfolio or appropriate technology to display your best work.

What should I wear to GIA Jewelry Career Fair?

Wear professional business attire such as suits, sport coats with slacks/skirts, button-down shirts, and appropriate shoes.

Who can attend GIA Jewelry Career Fair?

Anyone looking for employment opportunities in the gem and jewelry industry is welcome to attend. GIA students and alumni are strongly encouraged to participate as this is a particularly important opportunity for recent or new graduates to build their professional network.

What is the cost to attend GIA Jewelry Career Fair?

There is no charge for job seekers to attend.

What is involved with the Career Coaching sessions?

Each 15 minute Career Coaching session is your chance to meet one-on-one with an industry professional who works in a sector of the industry that interests you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and share ideas.

How long are coaching appointments?

Each coaching appointment is 15 minutes in length. Coaches are available from 10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at GIA Jewelry Career Fair in New York and from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at GIA Jewelry Career Fair in Carlsbad. Since appointments are limited, you are encouraged to schedule your first coaching session as early as possible. Sign up starts at 8:00 a.m.

Can I bring a guest?

Yes! Anyone looking for employment opportunities in the gem and jewelry industry is welcome to attend. Remember, there is no charge for job seekers to attend.

Where is the Career Fair?

GIA Jewelry Career Fair in New York will be held on March 13, 2020 at the Javits Center, 1E Hall, New York, NY.
GIA Jewelry Career Fair in Carlsbad will be held on October 16, 2020 at GIA Headquarters in Carlsbad, CA.

Job Seeker's Handbook

Get everything you need to know about starting your job search in the gem and jewelry industry from our GIA Job Seeker's Handbook. Download now.