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How to Find an Interior Design Job

If you are searching for a job in the interior design field, there are many different types of jobs available both in residential and commercial interior design. 

Here are a few ideas for finding an interior design job that you may have not considered.

 

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Search for interior design and architecture companies in your area.

Even if they do not say that they have a job opening, send them a resume by email instead of fax so you are earth friendly and do not waste paper.

Try to send the email to a particular person instead of the general mailbox. 

Make sure to personalize the email to that particular company.

 

Commercial Furniture Dealers
Contact commercial furniture dealers about employment opportunities in the interior design field.

Commercial furniture dealers hire interior designers as salesmen and as computer drafters of their systems furniture.

Working with commercial furniture requires a high level of detail and organization. 

If you get a job interview at a commercial furniture company, impress them with your attention to detail and organizational skills instead of your creativity.

 

Large Companies
Large companies often have their own facilities department that hires interior designers, so check with them to see if they are hiring.

The facilities department works to create pleasing workplaces for their employees.

This job may allow you to work as a client of interior designers, architects, and commercial furniture manufacturers.

You should get to network with many people which will help during your next job search.

 

Home Builders
Large production home builders often have their own interior design department which may be hiring.

The interior design department helps people who are purchasing a new home select items such as cabinets, countertops, flooring, brick, and more.

This job will probably require you to work weekends and after hours.

 

Showrooms
Contact kitchen & bath, furniture, window covering, and fabric showrooms to see if they have any job openings.

These showrooms employ salesmen, display professionals, installers, and window dressers.

 

 

Consider all avenues when looking for an interior design job.  Here are a few sources for finding a job.

 

Check with Your Professors
Contact your interior design professors to see if they know of any job opportunities. 

Your professors might also know of some tips for finding an interior design job that has worked for other students. 

Professors tend to hear about prior students who are advancing to an upper level job or moving to a new city and need to hire a replacement.

 

Professional Organizations
Look online at IIDA, ASID, IFMA, NEWH, and AIA websites for job opportunities.

Contact your local offices to ask about companies who may have job openings and leave your resume if possible.

 

Headhunter
Get a headhunter to help your interior design job search.

Headhunters will meet with you to determine what you are qualified for and what you are looking for in a job.

Headhunters are paid by the company who hires you, so they try really hard to get you a job since they do not get paid unless you are hired.

 

Temp Agencies
Contact temp agencies about getting temporary employment at an interior design firm.

Temporary work at an interior design firm will enable you to get your foot in the door and you will have something in the interior design field to put on your resume.

Even if you are a receptionist instead of designing, it will help you get a feel for the environment and learn about the design business.

 

Network
Go to as many design related social events as possible and network with many interior designers.

Tell everyone that you are looking for a job and ask if they have any leads.

The best person to talk to at social events is the manufacturer's representatives (people who sell products that designers use, such as paint, carpet, wallpaper, etc) because they know almost everyone.

Make sure you give the manufacturer's representatives your information so they can get back to you if they hear about a job opening.

 

Internship
Consider getting an internship, even if it is non-paying.

An internship will help you get your foot in the door, give you something in the interior design field to put on your resume, and enable you to learn about the design business.

Interns are often hired full time after their internship is over.

 

Job Websites
Look online at as many employment websites as possible while searching for an interior design job.

You may find an employment opportunity on these sites and you can post your resume if that feature is offered.

Don't forget to look for jobs that might not be in your area but may allow you to work from home.

 

Advanced Degree
While looking for a job, consider getting an advanced degree in interior design so you can teach at a college level.

There are many options for higher education in interior design, including online courses.

 

Plan Ahead
If you are getting an interior design degree, start looking for a job at least a month before you graduate since there will be more competition after graduation when everyone is looking for a job.

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