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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!

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Posted in: Interior Design

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.

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Posted in: Job Hunting | Tagged: job hunting

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 >

Posted in: Interior Design | Tagged: cv tips interior design

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

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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.

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Posted in: Careers in Design | Tagged: interior design

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