Site Review | Professional Jeweler

March 1, 1999

Before the inception of the Web, job seekers were mostly limited to cold calls and listings in local newspapers. Now they have the world at their fingertips, literally – they can search employment ads from major newspapers across the U.S. or visit their dream companies' Web sites to check out job postings. In fact, there are so many job search resources on-line that it sometimes becomes cumbersome to search them all.

One company has made the process easier for recruiters and job seekers alike with a thorough Web site called Gemlines, a career center for the jewelry and gemstone industry. The site incorporates a wealth of job listings and career information, making it a nice launching point for any job search.

Three bulletin boards allow companies and individuals to trade information – a board for job openings, one for situations wanted and a "cafe" for discussing industry news. (Since the site's relatively new, the boards are still quiet.) The site also compiles a list of classifieds each week from more than 80 U.S. newspapers advertising job openings in jewelry stores and companies. The postings are organized by region and updated weekly. Updated listings from the Internet's major job databases, Monster Board and America's Job Bank, are also included within the pages of the Gemlines site. Companies who have job postings on their home pages can list their links here as well.

For those new to the industry, there's a section that introduces jewelry as a career. Included here are wage estimates for different types of workers within the industry (from a government Web site), an overview of job outlooks and working conditions for jewelers, an article about possible careers in jewelry and job descriptions of workers (gemologists, jewelry and metals workers, appraisers).

There are also links to the Gemological Institute of America's 1999 Career Fair and a search engine of trade shows for networking, and a complete listing of jewelry, gemology, design and gem cutting schools, appraisal programs, communities and technical colleges, and universities and art schools that offer related educational programs.

- by Stacey King