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GIA New York Jewelry Career Fair Draws Job Seekers

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Opening speakers and “Job Success in Today’s Market” panelists. L to R: Kathryn Kimmel, GIA senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO; Amanda Gizzi, director of public relations and special events for Jewelers of America; Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts on Fire; Lisa Bridge, president and CEO of Ben Bridge Jewelers; Daniel Wisner, assistant technical designer for Alexis Bittar and recent GIA graduate; Lisa Nikfarjam, president of Lisa Nik Inc.; and Timothy B. Matthews, president and CEO of Jewelry Television.

Potential employees met career coaches, leading companies

NEW YORK – March 14, 2019 – More than 450 students, GIA alumni, job seekers and industry professionals connected with 56 companies looking to hire and 23 career coaches offering expert advice at GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair on Friday, March 8. The annual event paved the way for new talent and those looking to enter the gem and jewelry industry with a unique opportunity to network directly with companies.
“The record number of recruiters and the quality of the job seekers made this Jewelry Career Fair one for the record books,” said GIA Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Kathryn Kimmel. “Now is a great time for passionate people looking to move into or up in the gem and jewelry industry.”

Job seekers connected with 56 companies recruiting at the GIA Jewelry Career Fair on March 8 in New York.

The opening panel, “Job Success in Today’s Market,” featured compelling advice from seasoned professionals and a recent GIA graduate, who shared lessons learned in their careers and their passion and excitement for the industry.
Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts on Fire, opened the panel with the observation, “[Your] journey is a series of decisions that you make…some are good, some aren’t so good, but you know what? You learn something from every single step you take.”
Lisa Bridge, president and CEO of Ben Bridge Jewelers, said about selling jewelry, “It is so important to remember what it is that makes this business special – these incredible moments we get to be a part of.”
Recent GIA graduate Daniel Wisner, assistant technical designer at Alexis Bittar, shared what it was like to start his own business. “Starting a business means you get a crash course in everything you never thought you’d do,” said Wisner. “It’s not just having an idea. It’s taking a leap and learning to be uncomfortable.”

Job seekers participated in one-on-one career coaching with industry veterans specializing in their field of interest.

Lisa Nikfarjam, president of Lisa Nik Inc., said, “Be careful not to be distracted by the advice of other people. You have to stay true to your path and passion.”
Timothy B. Matthews, president and CEO of Jewelry Television, gave the advice, “Have an attitude about being others-centric instead of being self-centric, you will be amazed about how much further your career can advance.”
The success of GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair over the past 28 years is due to the generous mentorship of career coaches, the expertise of panelists and participation of recruiters. 
GIA Jewelry Career Fairs will be in London on Friday, April 5 and in Carlsbad, California on Friday, Oct. 11. For more details, visit Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.