So, You’ve Qualified As An Interior Designer… What Next?

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Interior design has become an increasingly popular sector for millennials, and it’s not hard to see why. Apart from the obvious financial rewards at the top of the industry, what could be more enjoyable than turning your visions into reality. Whether it’s adding new energy to a commercial property, or bringing a family’s home to life doesn’t matter. Being a professional designer is easily one of the most rewarding jobs on the market.

For the majority of interior designers, the pathway starts with gaining qualifications in the field. But now you’ve done this; your task is to take those first steps into the professional environment. Here’s how to do it in style.

 

Build A Portfolio Website

 

The world of interior design is a visual arena. In truth, the only way to impress a potential employer is to show them your talents. If they can’t actively see what you’re capable of, they’ll offer those vacancies to other worthy candidates.

Hiring a professional web designer may feel like an expensive task. But if it helps you stand out from the crowd, it has to be considered a worthwhile investment. Just be sure that the page displays your best work, and makes it easy for employers to contact you. Do these things well, and you will not go wrong.

 

Invest In Other Aspects

Ultimately, the quality of your portfolio and ability to thrive in the industry will be the key factors in any future application. Having said that, it doesn’t do you any harm to write a better resume and learn how to write better cover letters.

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After all, you only get one chance to make a positive first impression. If these elements support your portfolio in a productive manner, you’ll gain far better responses. Meanwhile, adding a blog to the website gives you a chance to express yourself. If you can get employers interested, you’ll have a far better chance of success.

 

Be Open To Opportunities

 

You may already have a pretty clear image of where you want to work, and under what circumstances. At the start of your professional career, though, you should keep an open mind. Not only will expanding those avenues give you more chances of landing a job, but it could be key to enhancing your continue development.

It’s equally important that you know where to look to land on your dream interior design jobs. Finding any job in the current climate can be difficult. So if you aren’t prepared to complete this research, you’ll have very little chance of turning that dream into a reality.

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Unfortunately, you cannot put a timeframe on finding a job in this industry. Interior design is particularly competitive, and patience will be key. Sadly, the longer you leave it, the harder it will become. Therefore, staying relevant with internships and work experience placements could be key.

In addition to staying relevant and increasing your experience and skills, it’s a great way to build contacts. You just never know when those short opportunities can turn into permanent employment. If nothing else, it makes a clear display of your love for the job and desire to turn your passion into a career. This can only have a positive influence on your prospects.

[post contributed for tamarhela.com]

Is it February Yet?

Hello, lovely readers!

I have missed you all SO much! It’s been an insane month and I am ready for February! I’ve been somewhat silent on this blog for a few weeks because my life has been crazy. What have I been up to? Well, give me a minute, and I’ll show you!

1. I entered a blogging contest.

Yep, I sure did. It’s for my new blog at my business website, helawrite.com. I am participating in HubSpot’s 30-Day Blog Challenge, and I REALLY hope I win because it would definitely give my business a little boost. You can visit my site and read my latest posts on business. There are some great tips (at least, I think so) that are relevant to anyone. Except babies and children, I guess.

My business website with the new blog front and center.

My business website with the new blog front and center.

2. I was a production assistant on a movie set!

Ah, four days of being a glorified coffee/errand girl. Actually, it was more than that and I did have fun. I got to meet some cool actors and the crew was really nice. I made dinner for everyone one night (aka put frozen lasagnas from Costco in the oven for 2 hours) and that was fun (except for the Costco part–most of you know how I feel about Costco). Everyone remembers you when you feed them, and you’re no longer: “Hey, you!”

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Day 1 on the set of Whipping Boy, in San Jose, CA.

As a writer, I gained some great perspective on the film industry, and was able to talk to some of the actors about screenwriting ideas I have. They were very encouraging and liked what I had to say. All in all, a wonderful experience. The movie is called “Whipping Boy” and it’s in the Sci-Fi genre. It was filmed in San Jose and San Francisco, and it’s a short film being entered into a contest. I will let you all know how it does when I receive an update from my producer friend. And I may be blogging about it, too.

To the left of me: Chris Ely, Co-producer for Whipping Boy. To my right: The famous Jon Talbert, founder of Beautiful Day, a compassion innovator, and well-known speaker. He played a cracked out hobo in the film!

To the left of me: Chris Ely, Co-producer for Whipping Boy. To my right: The famous Jon Talbert, founder of Beautiful Day, a compassion innovator, and well-known speaker. He played a cracked out hobo in the film! (Which is why his eyes are very red.)

(To find out more about Chris Ely, click HERE. To find out more about Jon Talbert, click HERE. Jon happens to be one of my clients through HelaWrite and he’s awesome!)

3. My little sis bought a house!

Okay, she’s not “little,” but she is my younger sister. My sister, Julia, bought her first house. I am so proud of her, especially because she’s a single mom and works her butt off to provide for her son. All her hard work is paying off and now she owns some real estate. Therefore, like any good sister, I’ve been at her place every few days for the past 3 weeks to help her with the move.

My nephew and I, a year ago, on his 6th birthday. He's grown since then, and my hair is all gone. :)

My nephew and I, a year ago, on his 6th birthday. He’s grown since then, and my hair is all gone. 🙂

As a special treat for my adorable nephew, I painted his room with a custom “Tron-themed” runner, and he loves it. My sister bought a Tron rug for his room, so I was inspired by that, but kind of made up the design as I went. At one point in my college career, I was an interior design major, so I had a lot of fun coming up with the design for his room. I also put chalkboard paint on one wall and am building a sort of art center for him. He is quite the artist and I wanted to give him a special space.

Blank canvas.

Blank canvas.

Chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard paint.

The layout.

The layout. (If you squint, you can see the pencil lines.)

Phase 1: Dark blue.

Phase 1: Dark blue.

Phase 2: Black glitter paint added.

Phase 2: Black glitter paint added.

Phase 3: Silver paint added.

Phase 3: Silver paint added.

Phases 4 & 5: Blue glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint added.

Phases 4 & 5: Blue glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint added.

Room complete!

Room complete!

And, of course, I put up his Tron decals from his old room.

And, of course, I put up his Tron decals from his old room.

4. And speaking of art…

I DID take some time for myself during the chaos. I found these awesome ideas for a calendar journal and made one for myself. I recycled old maps I had from traveling in Spain 6 years ago, and used them as part of the calendar decor. I have finally admitted to myself that I am never going to scrapbook and decided to put those papers and stickers to good use. I’m pretty pleased with the results!

Gluing on pieces of the map to make squares for each day.

Gluing on pieces of the map to make squares for each day.

A blank canvas, ready to be filled with thoughts and events.

A blank canvas, ready to be filled with thoughts and events.

Really liking February. :)

Really liking February. 🙂

I will be blogging more regularly in the weeks to come, so thanks for bearing with me. And next month, I plan on revealing the cover for my 2nd book, The Wrong Fairy Tale! I can’t wait to share it with you all. It is awesome!

Oh yeah, I did read Beautiful Creatures and Warm Bodies and will be doing a movie/book comparison in the weeks to come. And I took some time to enjoy good wine, too. 😉

Enjoyed this red while I was painting into the night.

Enjoyed this red while I was painting into the night.

Until next time,

Tamar xoxo