Create a Scandinavian Look for Christmas 2018

Create a Scandinavian LookThe Nordic influence has infiltrated many aspects of our life. Its inspiration can be seen in our clothing, television, food and lifestyles but the impact it has had on the interior design world has been huge. As we approach the holidays you may be considering putting a new spin on your traditional Christmas decor by incorporating this year’s Scandinavian Christmas trend.

Some of us in the office here at Careers in Design have been thinking about using this theme to decorate our own homes this year. We then thought we’d like to share these ideas on how to capture a little Scandinavian magic in your home over the festive period.

Light Up

Lighting is one of the biggest features to use to incorporate the Nordic look. Simple, soft lighting will create a gentle ambience. Hanging lights in the pendant style can be used with or without lampshades, or use lamps to create a soft, cosy atmosphere. Continue reading

Winter Interior Design Trends

Bedroom designLooking at the Autumn/Winter 2018 design trends we see both new ones emerging and many existing styles still popular.  The team at Careers in Design is always interested to see what are the key trends and would encourage all designers to talk about current and future trends and your own thoughts during an interview if the subject comes up. This then gave us the idea to gather information on some of the most exciting trends and see how you could incorporate them into design projects this season.

Enchanting Dark Shades

Colours for the Autumn/Winter portfolio are normally darker than the first half of the year, but for 2018 they take on a magical feel with deep plum, crimson and navy creating a luxurious and cosy atmosphere. To take this colour trend to another level, use rich fabrics like velvet and silk which will have a lustrous appearance and reflect light so that the details of furniture and upholstery will not be lost in the darker colours. Finish the luxurious look with gold details like edging or accessories. Continue reading

Redecorate Your Social Media Profile for Job Hunting

Clean Up Your Social Media CVIn the digital age, your first impression is made long before you enter the interview room.

The first seven seconds of a meeting used to be seen as the crucial window to make an impression. While seven seconds might seem an impossibly tiny window (and some research suggests even this is too long), you can make an impression long before the interview, and use this to clinch the job you want.

How? By getting your social media profile perfect.

Clean Up Your Social Media CV

92% of companies use social media for recruiting, and those numbers are only climbing. Looking up a candidate online is now a common step in the recruitment process, and recruiters can use any information they find about you online as grounds to cast your application aside.

Dodge the cull by avoiding unprofessional images, aggressive or offensive language and emotional outbursts. Imagine you’re an employer and remove anything that would be off-putting. If in doubt, consider if your content could be taken out of context and always err on the side of caution.

With such high stakes, it may be tempting to wipe clean your social media and avoid posting at all. This certainly avoids any unpleasant content being unearthed, but having no social media footprint can seem suspicious as well as preventing you from accessing the wealth of advantages that social media can lend to your job search. Continue reading

Iconic Furniture Designers We Love

Le CorbusierFurniture design mixes aesthetic with utility and where the designer gets it right, the finished product is transformed from a regular item of furniture into a piece of art. Here at Careers in Design, we have collated the design careers of five icons whose legacies live on in the furniture we use every day. We hope they will inspire you to keep searching for that perfect furniture design job.

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames were a married couple that are considered to be some of the most important American designers from the 20th century. They began their furniture design work by experimenting with moulded plywood and later pioneered technologies to use new materials such as fibreglass, plastic resin and wire mesh. Critics lauded the chairs they designed at the time, and their furniture continues to be manufactured to this day by the Herman Miller group.

Le Corbusier

Charles Edouard Jeanneret, later known as Le Corbusier, was a giant in the design world and his work has been hugely influential. Like many iconic furniture designers, he had his roots in architecture and art but sought to move from cubism into purism, and this inclination is evident across his portfolio. In the furniture world, he is most famous for his LC4 Chaise Longue which he dubbed a ‘relaxing machine’. This classic design mixing curves and straight lines in perfect balance remains in production. Continue reading

Scary Job Interviews

Scary interviewsSpiders, bats and tombstones are all pretty scary but for many of us they pale in comparison to an important job interview. With Halloween as a theme, we talk about how to deal with tricky interview moments and banish your interview fears for good.

Fancy Dress

Remember the fear of forgetting non-uniform day and turning up in school uniform? Turn up to an interview in the wrong outfit and that fear could be magnified a hundred times.

First impressions can make or break an interview, dressing too casually may make a potential employer think you’ve not made an effort or not really that interested in the job or dressing inappropriately would show you are not a good match for the company culture. Avoid this by researching the company or client’s brand and err on the style of smart. In the world of design, whatever you wear makes an important statement, but it’s also worth remembering that your clothes should also be clean, ironed and neat so that if your interview’s attention is drawn to your outfit, it’s for a good reason, not a bad one.

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How to Design Your Home for Halloween

Halloween pumpkin decorHalloween is an exciting time of year as we say farewell to the carefree days of summer and start looking forward to cosy winter nights in. At this time of year we enjoy autumn colours in the leaves, crisp weather and freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. As the weather cools down we think of warmer fabrics and colours in our clothes and our homes.

Now you might be thinking what has this got to do with the world of recruitment and in truth, probably not a lot, but as we love Halloween in the office, we thought that we would put some ideas together for a Halloween themed decor that will bring the excitement and fun of Halloween inside your home too.

For a gentle approach to Halloween decor, tie it together with an autumnal theme. This approach allows you to make use of existing features such as wood floors or wicker furniture. By bringing in pine cones or using decorative timber with the essential bright orange pumpkins, you can create a cosy autumn feeling that will be welcome past the 31st of October. Use warm orange and browns in your soft furnishings like cushions and curtains, or throw a quilt over the back of a sofa to add to the effect. Continue reading

Starting a Career in Interior Design

Interior design technical drawingAt Careers in Design, we have years of experience helping candidates find the ideal interior design jobs to suit them. As a result, we’ve come up with the following advice for starting a career in interior design:

Know what you’re getting into

As an interior designer, you’ll be expected to design and refit projects for clients, based on their specifications. You’ll be expected to work to a brief, to show creativity and flair and, depending on your position, be able to manage a project team, including suppliers and contractors.

Qualifications

Many interior design jobs expect a certain level of education with an emphasis on design. There are a range of certificates, diplomas, and degrees you can earn, which will stand you in good stead with the competition.

Certificates are a way to introduce you to this marketplace. These are short courses, lasting anywhere from three months to a year, teaching you the basic key skills required for a job in interior design. Continue reading

Top Tips for Preparing Your Portfolio for an Interview

Design portfolioAt Careers in Design, we have helped hundreds of candidates find the design jobs that they’ve always wanted and thought that we should put this to good use and compile the following useful tips about creating your all-important portfolio.

Keep it brief

Think of your portfolio as your Greatest Hits album, and only include a handful of your very best work in there. If you want to let your potential new employer know exactly what you’ve done, you can also present a list or an appendix to the main body of your portfolio.

Keep it simple

This is a general tenet of the design industry, so it should pose you no problems. Think of it as a project brief: your job is to present your design abilities in the clearest, tightest, and most concise manner possible. Don’t forget, you’re dealing with design industry professionals here; they will be asking you questions so make sure the work is all yours and you are able to elaborate on your designs.

Keep it in order

Much like your CV, lead with your most recent design projects and work backwards. Nobody wants to work with a candidate who believes that their best work is behind them. Showing your interviewer the kind of work you are capable of in the here-and-now is key. Take along a sketch book if you have one as well, it is a good way to show how you come up with your ideas. Continue reading

CV Tips for Interior Designers

Interior designer cv tipsIf you’re hoping to have your pick of the interior design jobs available at Careers in Design, your first step is to produce an eye-catching CV that will hook any prospective employer.

So make it good.

Your opening gambit

A strong opening paragraph will detail your core skills and demonstrate a multi-faceted approach to interior design. You should show your knowledge of design, in both theory and in practice, as well as demonstrating your ability to communicate effectively with clients, team-mates and management. A quick overview of your career in design will be expected, as well as any experience in beneficial backgrounds, such as project management and administration. Keep your opening profile to fewer than 150 well-chosen words and refrain from using superlatives or too many descriptive words, keep it succinct.

Keep it short

You’re not writing War and Peace here. A good CV should ideally be no longer than two sides of A4, including your career history, education, hobbies and interests. Don’t forget to list any design related software packages you may be familiar with. Continue reading

Interview do’s and don’ts

Researching the company can help you to get your dream jobIt’s interview time. You’ve already taken our advice on what to wear for an interview and you’re dressed to kill. What else do you need to know?

Here are some important do’s and don’ts.

DO turn up early

How early should you arrive for an interview? We would say at least 15-20 minutes. From a practical perspective, it mitigates any potential delay caused by public transport or failing to find the office. In terms of impressing your potential employer, arriving early shows keenness, punctuality, and an ability to follow instructions. All this before you’ve even entered the interview room!

DON’T leave your phone on

Switch your phone off, as soon as you hit the interview building, don’t just leave it on silent when it might vibrate or distract you. There is no call, no email, and no text message more important than the next half hour or so. Few things give a worse impression than your phone going off mid-interview. Continue reading