GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair unfolds at Javits Center

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 GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair unfolds at Javits CenterGIA’s Jewelry Career Fair, in its 25th year and sponsored by JA New York drew 600 – including notable personalities, GIA students, recruiters and jewelry enthusiasts. The event which is the industry’s prime preeminent recruiting and networking fair unfolded at the Javits Center on July 25th. It brought together the brightest luminaries in the gem and jewelry industry and emerging talent . Job seekers interacted with 42 companies seeking the right candidates for hundreds of job roles, along with 24 career coaches with specialized expertise.

Rahul Kadakia, a GIA graduate and the international head of jewelry for Christie’s who got his start with the auction house at a GIA Career Fair in 1994, kicked off the opening panel “Job Success in Today’s Market” with video footage of the record-setting $57.6 million sale of the Oppenheimer Blue diamond, where he served as auctioneer. “People are realizing more and more the rarity of rare jewels and gems,” he said. Kadakia went on to urge job seekers to stay on top of market trends and know where your customers are. Yancy Weinrich, senior vice president of Reed Jewelry Group, took the stage and echoed the importance of understanding revenue and where the sales come from. “Learn the business. Understand the broader business,” she advised.

“Trust holds this industry together,” said Steven Lagos, founder and chief creative director for LAGOS. “Being bright-eyed is important… Passion is important in this business,” he added.

The newest member of the industry on stage was Natalie Tjaden, a recent GIA graduate and merchandising assistant for Jewelry Television. “The best opportunities are the ones that come from outside your comfort zone,” she said about pursuing a career that would take her around the world.



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