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Top Tips for Achieving a Show Home Look

Posted on 01 Jul, 2020

Every one of us has wandered into an immaculately-decorated show home at one time or another and wondered why we can’t achieve that same effect ourselves. From the pristine decoration, to perfectly-matched furniture and eye-catching accessories – it all seems so divorced from reality.

In truth, there’s no reason you can't recreate the effortless elegance of a show home in your own house. At Careers in Design, we deal with hundreds of professional interior designers who know just how to give any property the show home look.

Here are a handful of tips on how to go about it.

Add a little upholstery

Whilst we mostly save upholstery for sitting on, incorporating it into the bedroom or any other room creates a... Continue reading >

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Trends in Kitchen Design: Bespoke British vs. European

Posted on 10 Jun, 2020

Summer is on its way, bringing in its wake barbecues, picnics, salads and other meals that require minimal use of the kitchen. But then again the weather can be changeable and although we are still restricted on gatherings, the kitchen is the heart of the family home and somewhere we all tend to spend a lot of time in. As a result the design of the kitchen is key and kitchen design jobs are always in demand. But what’s hot and what’s not in the summer of 2020? Just as important: what should you use to fit out your new kitchen – European brands or bespoke British handmade furniture?

Back to the Stone Age

Stone worktops are seeing a huge resurgence at the moment. They manage to combine the natural and the sterile in the... Continue reading >

Posted in: Kitchen Design

How COVID-19 has Affected Retail Interior Design

Posted on 27 May, 2020

As we start to look forward to the gentle easing of the current restrictions, an important consideration will be the layout of shops and other retail outlets. With social distancing still very much a matter of government policy, members of the design industry must ask themselves: how has COVID-19 affected retail interior design?

Social distancing

We’ve mentioned this already, but as the cornerstone of the government’s plan to mitigate the infection rate of coronavirus, it bears repeating. People are expected to maintain a 2-metre distance from anybody who is not a member of their household. What this means in terms of interior design is significant. Aisles will need to be made wider in some stores, to allow for adequate space between customers. This will ha... Continue reading >

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Interior Design Tips to Bring the Outside in

Posted on 14 May, 2020

With the country on lockdown for the foreseeable future, it has never been more important to find new ways to interact with the outside world.

For interior designers, one of the most effective ways is to bring the outside in. Here are some of the ways to achieve that goal.
Natural prints and colours
Whether you’re dealing with the walls or the floor, there are plenty of coverings that make use of natural colours and prints. From wallpaper embossed with leafy decals to carpets with that authentic woodland hue, there are so many ways to give a room’s surroundings the feel of nature, without even touching on its contents. Using natural materials is one of the top 5 trends for 2020, the o... Continue reading >

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5 Ways to Boost Your Design Career in Lockdown

Posted on 30 Apr, 2020

With the whole nation under lockdown and many of us either working from home or sat at home with nothing to do, it can be so easy to let things stagnate. However, the current situation is no reason to neglect your design career. There are plenty of ways that you can improve your skills and boost your design career, even during a national lockdown.

Here are five of the best… Online courses There are dozens of short-form design courses available online. The free online learning resource OpenLearn has several of them, ranging from introductory sessions clocking in at a couple of hours, to week-long advanced cour... Continue reading >

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Preparing for a Virtual Interview

Posted on 08 Apr, 2020

There are many reasons that applying for jobs in design might result in a virtual interview and with the current UK lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak, many companies are rightly complying with social distancing requirements.

However, there are other reasons, less immediate than a pandemic. Long-distance interviews are an effective solution for jobs that require an applicant to relocate. Some companies have most of their staff working from home as part of a flexible working arrangement.

Whatever the reason, preparing for a virtual interview requires the same professional mindset as preparing for one that is face-to-face.

Here are some of our top tips for doing so: Check... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interviewing

Brighten up with a Lighting Design Job

Posted on 25 Mar, 2020

In light (excuse the pun!) of this awful and worrying situation we find ourselves in, we wanted to write a blog with a cheerier note and give us something to think about whilst we wait for our lives to return to some form of normality.   

The clocks move forward on Sunday and the days will be longer but lighting can be one of those things that we take for granted. Though it's what we see by, it tends to go unnoticed or, at the very least, unremarked upon. And yet, it cannot be understated just how important a part lighting plays in our everyday lives and the field of lighting design is an exciting one where you can make a huge impact on your environment.

From bars and restaurants, to galleries and museums; from shop displays and corporate events to the comfort o... Continue reading >

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Excellent Interior Design Blogs to Follow

Posted on 09 Mar, 2020

If you’re serious about a career in design, it’s important that you keep on top of the latest trends and fashions, not just in your sector, but across the entire design industry.

To set you on the right path, we’ve put together the following list of six of the finest interior design blogs, that are well worth your time to read.

Mad About the House
This is the official online home of interiors writer and journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth. Her entries are often practical in nature, comparing popular design elements, examining recent trends, and so on. The blog also links to her strong soc... Continue reading >

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How to get your work done when working from home

Posted on 24 Feb, 2020

Working from home can be hugely satisfying, but you really need the right mindset if you hope to make it a regular thing.

Here are some top tips on how to get your work done when working from home. Create a workspace This should be obvious, but you need somewhere to work. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a desk in the corner of your bedroom will suffice, although it's healthier to separate work from bedtime if possible. Just make sure that it’s yours and that you only use it for your work. This means you’ll be in the right frame of mind when you sit at your workspace. Get up and get moving While rolling out of bed and stumbling to your workspace sounds blissfu... Continue reading >

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Current Trends in Homewares and Decor

Posted on 06 Feb, 2020

With all interior, product and furniture designer roles, it’s important to keep on top of current trends. While you want to imbue any project with your own unique style, be aware that your client may be looking for something more current or trend setting. 

Here are some of the upcoming home interior decor trends for 2020 that you should be aware of. Abstract expressionism Bold patterns and striking colours are the order of the day in modern interior design. Playful colour schemes combine with stark geometrics and intricate hand-drawn sketches to create mood and evoke emotion in the observer. Structure and simplicity This interior design... Continue reading >

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Advice in Negotiating a Pay Rise

Posted on 23 Jan, 2020

There comes a time for many of us when we start to feel that we are not being sufficiently compensated for the work we do. Many of us find asking for a pay rise an awkward affair, preferring to go with the flow rather than rock the boat.

 It needn’t be that way however. If you believe you deserve to be paid more, here are a few tips to help you negotiate one with your manager:

1. Be prepared

Check out the salaries for other jobs that match your current role to see where your salary falls. Put together examples of how your work has contributed to the performance of your team, or the bottom line of  your company. Make a note of your recent achievements, added responsibilities that you have taken on and more that you now feel ready to face. Whateve... Continue reading >

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Different CAD Software Used in Design

Posted on 08 Jan, 2020

Anybody looking for a career in interior, furniture or product design will be aware of the importance of computer-aided design to the industry. Whilst the fundamentals remain mostly the same, there are dozens of distinct CAD software packages on the market, with some better suited to certain design tasks than others.

Let’s take a look at some of the more popular programs.

AutoCAD

One of the most commonly used packages is AutoCAD which is used in furniture design and manufacture (although not as much as previously), interior design and architecture, building design and construction, and many other parts of the design industry.

VectorWorks

VectorWorks offers a great range of tools for interior and retail designers and also for exhibit... Continue reading >

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Keeping Note of Career Achievements

Posted on 17 Dec, 2019

When applying for any kind of position, it’s important to have a full and varied career portfolio, and for the interior, product or furniture sectors it is no different.

Here at Careers in Design, we assist applicants in every step of the job-finding process, and one of the key components that prospective employers look for is a list of your achievements in your career to date. Career portfolios can be used to plan, organize and document your education, work samples and skills. It is a more in-depth file than your CV.

Here are a few hints and tips on how to present these achievements when updating your career portfolio.

What should you include?

We all want to do well in our chosen career, but most companies don’t consider fulfilling your day... Continue reading >

Posted in: Portfolio

Christmas Design Themes 2019

Posted on 05 Dec, 2019

Interior design and styling is an art that comes to life in the festive season, and this year is no exception. Everyone wants their Christmas to be an incredible moment of beauty and joy and there are some wonderful seasonal trends to consider that are particularly beautiful in 2019, which we are excited to share and explore with you.

Soft, earthy, natural themes are very prominent in the trade this year, a theme revolving around cones and leaves, twine and mushrooms. Coming from a desire to not only be closer to nature but to also have a festive celebration that isn’t wasteful has brought around some beautiful pieces for your home. A tree adorned with pine cones and wood... Continue reading >

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Pre Job Hunt Preparation – Ready for the Job of your Dreams?

Posted on 25 Nov, 2019

Blending creative passions with ingenious purpose, a designer (whether Interior, Furniture or Product) crafts beautiful spaces, great furniture or products for the workplace, for the home and for play. Here at Careers in Design, our passion is finding candidates the design jobs of their dreams.

Any job hunt is intimidating, whether you are taking the first steps of your career with us or returning to the field, and so here are some key tasks to check off before beginning applications:

- It’s important that your CV is up to date and has all of your latest, most relevant experience on it, particularly current industry key words so that hiring managers and app... Continue reading >

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Open-plan living

Posted on 07 Nov, 2019

Here at Careers in Design, we don't just prepare CVs for our clients and match them with one of the extensive number of design jobs in our portfolio. We also take a keen interest in trends and developments within the industry.

Trends like open-plan living, for instance.

Anybody interested in the field of interior design should familiarise themselves with this concept, especially since it often comes up in discussion at interviews for interior design jobs.

Aesthetically, open-plan living is a simple way to layout a room or building but, for the designer, it offers several challenges, requiring the appropriate practical considerations to overcome. Here are some key design tips…

Invisible ... Continue reading >

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Transferable Skills for an Interior Designer

Posted on 25 Oct, 2019

At Careers in Design our portfolio of interior design jobs is constantly changing as new vacancies with differing requirements pop up from our extensive list of clients. Outside of having the relevant degree and experience plus appropriate CAD software skills, what else is that prospective employer is looking for?

Let’s take a look at some transferable soft skills that you might already have from your current job.

Communication

Most interior design jobs involve being part of a team. It’s important, as a designer to be able to communicate effectively to different audiences and through different media. Remember, you’re responsible for promoting your design work to both colleagues and clients.

Vision

When you look at an em... Continue reading >

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What to wear at an interview?

Posted on 14 Oct, 2019

So, you have decided to take a new approach and move forward with a brand new design job - that’s fantastic! 

But you may be thinking about how you should dress and grasp that new design job with both hands. 

It is crucial to know how to present yourself and just like your portfolio - you need to be well-presented at your interview. 

We discuss a few tailored tips on how you can dress to impress and reach new heights within your next design position. But remember that whatever you choose make sure the fit is right and it is comfortable to wear and sit down in.

Design job interview: the male edition

The usual attire has always been a dashing suit and tie, but when applying for a creative job in the design industry, it is impo... Continue reading >

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How to Truly Optimise a Small House

Posted on 16 Sep, 2019

It can be a challenge to decorate a small space and can seem like quite a difficult interior design job - but it doesn’t have to be! 

No matter the size of the home you are designing and decorating for, you need to bring in as much personality as possible - without the rooms feeling cramped and overcrowded with furniture and accessories. 

Here at Careers in Design, we have put together a ‘go-to’ guide on how to decorate a small house.  

Stay clear of the floor space

Making sure that the floors are clean in small houses is essential. One medium-sized product can actually take a large amount of space in a small house and if you can’t walk through the room with ease, then it is time to rethink your layout.  Continue reading >

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Signs you're Ready for a New Position

Posted on 03 Sep, 2019

Searching for and obtaining a brand new job can be an exciting project to process. From creating mind maps and lists, researching opportunities and potential educational courses, it can be quite the adventure!

But, what are the signs you should be aware of when it is time to start something new in your life?

In this blog, we will guide you through the most common signals that will advise you that it may be time to look for a new opportunity. 

You are no longer enjoying your job 

It can be a daunting process to go to work if the passion and drive are no longer sustaining your interest, particularly in the design sector. By simply taking a step back and analysing your current skills and aligning them with your desired goals and role, you will be... Continue reading >

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Themed Bathrooms

Posted on 27 Aug, 2019

Themed bathrooms have been seen in the interior design world for decades. Given the connection with water, nautical and seaside themes are most commonly created, with the influence of these themes apparent in the profusion of blue and aqua coloured bathrooms.

The rise of luxurious, hotel-style bathrooms dominated with stone, natural materials and neutral colours have pushed themed bathrooms out of style, but in recent years they have seen a reprise. 

In 2019, a bathroom based on a theme is seen as a way to inject personality and even a touch of fantasy into a room that can often be plain and is usually focused on practicality. Your chosen theme could be as simple as incorporating your favourite colour, or it could be based on an iconic location like London, Paris or... Continue reading >

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Creating the Perfect Home Office

Posted on 06 Aug, 2019

Whether you work from home, want a dedicated space for extra projects or just a quiet area for the kids to do homework, most of us dream of setting up a home office.

A dedicated home office can transform your work process completely but you do need to put some thought into it. Step away from the rickety computer chair and rusty filing cabinet, you need to make sure you create a space that will not only encourage you to work with a clear mind, but that you will actually enjoy spending time in. That way you are more likely to be more productive, to take care of the space, and to ultimately get the best out of the room.

Less is More

Clutter will make you feel stressed, and if keeping your office tidy becomes too much work, you’ll soon find yourself trying to... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design home office

Incorporating Nature Into Your Interiors

Posted on 22 Jul, 2019

It’s officially summer and it’s time to embrace nature. As the good weather encourages you to spend more of your day outdoors, you’ll be drinking up the sunshine, enjoying the flowers in bloom and making the most of outdoor spaces. But have you considered the ways that nature can be incorporated into interior design? 

At Careers in Design we love everything to do with design, and have been matching designers with opportunities for two decades. We’ve put together some tips on ways to enjoy the beauty of summer even when the nights start to draw in.

Go Floral

Flower prints and images are on trend, so a simple way to bring nature into your home is by looking at these types of prints in your wallpaper and upholstery. In light and bright... Continue reading >

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Choosing a Recruitment Company

Posted on 08 Jul, 2019

Working with a recruitment company opens up routes into employment that you might not have been able to access otherwise. Many companies do not advertise their vacancies publicly and prefer to work with a recruiter to find talent. Recruiters also help by matching you up with vacancies that are a good fit, but they go far beyond just finding a job for you to apply for. A skilled recruiter can offer insight into the company culture, help a candidate through the recruitment process and even support the moving process with their knowledge.

How do you choose a recruitment company?

Often, not much consideration is given to selecting a recruitment company, but it’s a decision that needs some thought as there is a lot of variation between recruitment companies and the se... Continue reading >

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Posted on 01 Jul, 2019

As designers, we see colour differently. 

While we interact with the world and go about our day, we’re processing and gaining inspiration that we can bring to life in our designs. At Careers in Design we have been looking into how designers stay aware of colour trends and how  they experiment with new colours in their work.

The Pantone colour of 2019 is Living Coral. This is a bright and beautiful shade that is abundant in nature from sand dunes, autumn leaves and flowers to sunsets and of course coral itself. Similar to last year’s Ultra Violet, Living Coral is bursting with character and emotion. It throws back further to 2017’s natural shade of Greenery and draws on a bigger design trend which is taking inspiration from the natural world ar... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design pantone colour of the year 2019 living coral

A Work Experience Guide for Design Students

Posted on 25 Jun, 2019

Interior design is an exciting industry with a range of varied jobs available. When it comes to securing a role, relevant experience is invaluable and is something anyone intending to embark on a design career should look into.

Formal qualifications have an important place in finding a design job, and most courses will contain a degree of practical work to help students build up a portfolio. Any design job will also provide experience, however, it can be difficult to break into the job market to gain experience in the first place. To bridge the gap, at Careers in Design we strongly recommend students to seek placements while they are still studying. Read our tips to find out ho... Continue reading >

Posted in: Job Hunting | Tagged: work experience interior design

Different Routes into Interior Design

Posted on 19 Jun, 2019

The field of interior design blends creativity and business. Designers aim to create spaces that are both beautiful and functional and can work with clients from all sorts of industries. As a creative vocation, interior designers may come to their position through different avenues, picking up skills and experience over a period of years.

There is no one definitive way to approach getting a job within the interior design field, so here we talk about some common routes that a candidate interested in the industry can look at. It also highlights important things to be aware of, no matter what stage of your career you are at.

There are two main components to any route:

Formal qualifications
Work experience

Any candidate se... Continue reading >

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Designer Tableware for the Ultimate Dinner Party

Posted on 07 May, 2019

Dinner parties are back in style this year, but don't rush off for the antique napkin rings or start polishing the family silver just yet. These modern soirees are different to the stilted, stuffy affairs of the past.

The quintessential 2019 dinner party is an opportunity to bring friends and family together for food and conversation. Once you've compiled the guests list and finalised the menu, the next thing to do is consider the decor. 

Furniture

The table is always going to be the main focus of a dinner party. Glass and wood-topped tables are best as the natural material creates a lovely backdrop. If you have a feature table like this, don't cover it up with a table cloth. There is another option!

Continue reading >

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How Can LinkedIn Boost Your Career?

Posted on 29 Apr, 2019

Finding a job can be difficult, especially in the competitive field of design. With so many applications per position these days, you might think that modern job hunters are at a disadvantage, but you actually hold a great trump card, if you know how to use it

It's no secret that technology has revolutionised the job search process. The internet is the first place to start looking for a job, but it has also made the job application process seem colder in some ways. You may not ever speak to a person until the interview, and the number of applications where you never receive a response seems to climb.

So what is the secret benefit that technology brings to balance the automated application process? Social media!

We've discussed how to get your social media account... Continue reading >

Posted in: Job Hunting | Tagged: Linkedin job hunting social media

Spotlight on Household Designer Names

Posted on 03 Apr, 2019

The design world exists and impacts on so many aspects of our lives, from the mobile phones we use to the clothes we wear. Most of the time this is done so unobtrusively that we are not aware of the amount of thought, effort and skill that has gone into it.

An example is when visiting a hotel lobby, a guest may be impressed by the opulence, but we might not consider how this has been achieved. The mixture of textures, use of colour and carefully structured layout may well go over their head, but the experience that the designer wishes to create is conveyed all the same. In this way, designers are not often known outside the industry, though they may be very successful.

At Careers in Design, we love matching up clients and candidates to form long-... Continue reading >

Posted in: Designers | Tagged: designers modern households homeware bathroom products kitchen products interior design furnishings interior decor

Design Career Resources with Careers in Design

Posted on 14 Mar, 2019

How many recruitment companies have you sent your CV to or vacancies applied for and not heard anything back. You have uploaded your CV and attached a Portfolio, but then, silence? Careers in Design are a recruitment company with a difference. We work hard to match people wanting a job in design with the right companies. Finding long term matches that benefit both parties is what we always aspire to. We seek to help potential candidates at every stage of the application process, happy to give advice freely and the Careers in Design website offers many tips on how to get your foot on the career ladder or climb it even further.

CV Building

One of the great resources ava... Continue reading >

Posted in: Careers in Design | Tagged: cv tips design career resources design portfilio dressing for interviews interview advice interview do's and don'ts interview tips interviewing job interviews what to wear for an interview

The Secret to Modern Country Style Interiors

Posted on 04 Mar, 2019

The country home has always had a special charm for interior designers. Mixing character and cosiness with a quintessentially British aspect, it has been a real stalwart for designing traditional hotel spaces, period properties, barn conversions and more. The drawback with the traditional country look is expense and practicality. With more and more people drawn into cities, living spaces are becoming smaller and the country home look has become less popular in favour of more minimalistic styles. Luckily there is a way to get the best of both worlds, adapting the country home to fit modern living and tastes, in a modern country interior.

What is the Modern Country Look?

The modern country look has its roots in the traditional country home aesthetic and therefore contain... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: country style interiors interior design

Interior Design Fabrics to Celebrate Spring

Posted on 20 Feb, 2019

Fabrics are so important to interior design but often they are the unsung hero that fall into the background. The way that an interior designer uses fabric in a project is a real balancing act of many different factors. Too many bold designs can make the space seem stuffy or crowded, while too many intricate patterns can be visually confusing. On the other side of the scale, plain options can lead to a space seeming washed out and cold.

With Spring just around the corner (well nearly!). we look at some of the best ways that fabric can be used in interior design.

In spaces that see a lot of traffic like show homes, hotels and restaurants, designers often seek to offset the busyness of the area by adopting a simple, modern style, but that can miss the opportunity to introd... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: fabric fabric design floral interior design

Kitchen Designs That Are Both Beautiful and Practical

Posted on 25 Jan, 2019

The beginning of the year is a popular time to look at home renovations for the year ahead with kitchens and bathrooms as prime targets. Today we turn our focus to the world of kitchen design, an exciting area which demands high levels of aesthetics and design coupled with practicality.

Kitchen Designer Overview

A kitchen designer typically specialises in all elements of the kitchen area. This could be in residential properties, restaurants, schools and offices. You will be working with clients in discussing products, materials, colours, styles and lighting whilst advising them on layouts and space planning, suitable fitted and freestanding furniture and often presenting 3D visuals using CAD software.

Modern Kitchen Design

When it comes to modern kitc... Continue reading >

Posted in: Kitchen Design | Tagged: bespoke kitchen design interior design kitchen design kitchen designer kitchen showroom modern kitchen design

Wallpaper Designs to Suit Every Space

Posted on 11 Jan, 2019

Using statement wallpaper is one way to change the look of a space, be it in your home, a coffee shop or a hotel, and there are plenty of amazing designs to choose from. Whether you want something simple and muted, bold and bright or classy and elegant, there's something for everyone.

The first recorded use of wallpaper was in China in 200 B.C. when the Chinese first glued rice paper to walls. When the craze moved to Europe only the wealthy could afford to commission artisans to create their designs via hand painting or the use of stencils. Luckily with the advent of the printing press they became more widely available and now modern printing technology allows us a huge array of choices in pattern, texture and ... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design interior design trends statement wallpaper wallpaper

Land Your Dream Design Job in 2019

Posted on 07 Jan, 2019

The end of one year and the beginning of another is a great time to take stock of what you have achieved and what your goals are for the future. As 2018 has ended, it’s worth pausing to reassess where you are on your career journey and start looking at how you’d like to progress this year.

If you’re thinking about pushing your career forward in 2019, it can help to assess your current situation and future goals. Identifying and leveraging your skills to employers is key, so try writing a list of your skills and areas where you excel. It can be difficult to recognise your own strengths as they are often qualities you take for granted, so try to identify examples of tasks you enjoyed or found easy, as well as abilities that helped you achieve notable goals.

... Continue reading >

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Create a Scandinavian Look for Christmas 2018

Posted on 14 Dec, 2018

The 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 gentl... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: hygge interior design scandinavian christmas

Winter Interior Design Trends

Posted on 30 Nov, 2018

Looking 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... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design interior design trends winter 2018/19

Redecorate Your Social Media Profile for Job Hunting

Posted on 23 Nov, 2018

In 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... Continue reading >

Posted in: Job Hunting | Tagged: job hunting social media

Iconic Furniture Designers We Love

Posted on 15 Nov, 2018

Furniture 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... Continue reading >

Posted in: Furniture Design | Tagged: Alvar Aalto Charles & Ray Eames Ettore Sottsass Furniture Design Iconic Designers Isamu Noguchi Le Corbusier

Scary Job Interviews

Posted on 02 Nov, 2018

Spiders, 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 an... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interviewing | Tagged: dressing for interviews halloween interview advice interview do's and don'ts interview dress code interview preparation interview questions interview tips interviewing interviews job interviews what to wear for an interview

How to Design Your Home for Halloween

Posted on 24 Oct, 2018

Halloween 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... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: decor halloween interior design

Starting a Career in Interior Design

Posted on 24 Sep, 2018

At 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,... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: interior design

Top Tips for Preparing Your Portfolio for an Interview

Posted on 20 Sep, 2018

At 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 ... Continue reading >

Posted in: Portfolio | Tagged: design portfilio interview tips

CV Tips for Interior Designers

Posted on 29 Aug, 2018

If 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 s... Continue reading >

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Interview do's and don'ts

Posted on 22 Aug, 2018

It’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

Swit... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interviewing | Tagged: interview advice interview do's and don'ts interview preparation interview questions interview tips interviewing interviews job interviews

What to Wear for an Interview

Posted on 10 Aug, 2018

At Careers in Design, we are committed to helping you find the perfect position from the range of design jobs that we have on our books. After carefully going through your CV and pairing you with a vacancy that suits your experience and qualifications, the next step is the interview.  The look you choose can be difficult to decide as this is the design industry, but remember, what you will wear on a daily basis could be quite different from what you should wear at an interview.

Here are some of our top tips on what to wear:

Men

Keep it simple. Dark trousers (not jeans), shoes (not trainers) and a shirt is usually expected. A decorative or plain tie is a good idea although optional, but beware of a too comical or outrageous choice. A suit jacket or blazer w... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interviewing | Tagged: dressing for interviews interview advice interview dress code interview preparation interview tips interviewing interviews job interviews what to wear for an interview

5 Common Interview Questions and How to Answer

Posted on 06 Jul, 2018

However you feel about job interviews, certain questions are sure to crop up. To give you the best chance of success, here are some of the most common, and some tips on how to answer them.

What motivates you?

Keep answers concise and relevant to the job. Good answers include deadlines and targets, as they give you something specific to aim for, and a sense of achievement when you exceed them. For design jobs, a good motivation is using your creativity to solve problems put before you.

Why should we hire you?

This is your closing sales pitch, regardless of where it appears in the interview, and an opportunity to hit the interviewer with your main selling points. Concentrate on specific and verifiable skills, and your a... Continue reading >

Posted in: Interviewing | Tagged: interview advice interview preparation interview questions interview tips interviewing interviews job interviews

CIDRL's New Website

Posted on 06 Jan, 2016

Just to let you know that our new website is up and running. Please take a look at www.careersindesign.com and let us know what you think. There are a wide variety of design vacancies listed and you can upload your latest CV and register for specific job alerts depending upon your individual preference. There are also videos offering interview advice and CV writing advice.

The new site is compatible with tablet and mobile devices to make it more convenient for you. If you encounter any issues or would like to discuss any of the jobs listed in more detail please contact Pippa Baker on 01920 486125. Many thanks and good luck.

Continue reading >

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