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    Jul 11, 2010 11:20 PM GMT
    yeah i know it's pitiful, and i know its not going as smoothly as i wanted but probably not as bad as some have had it- but i just graduated, can't find a job to save my life in my field (interior design), have no money (though thank god i don't have student debt- still, NOTHING in the savings account- tabula rasa), and am not being kicked out of home and cut off. time to grow up and move into the real world peter...

    i have no idea what to do. if any one can offer a place to stay or any networking options, it'd be greatly appreciated.

    god, the real world is scary when you don't have a trust fund....
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    Jul 11, 2010 11:27 PM GMT
    Craigslist...
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    Jul 11, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    go-go dance
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    Jul 11, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    did you email your resume/ work samples to EVERY firm in your city?
    ask them if they're hiring part time employees or even hourly consultants sans any benefits.

    i assume since youve just graduated, you know the gamut of rendering softwares that are used for presentations/ proposals- 3d max or rhino or sketch up etc etc- so imply in your cover letter you'd work cheap, bill by the hour to help them with that.
    network with your peers and if you havent already, get letters from college academics and ask them if they can refer you to some place.
    most alumni will oblige the college in some way.

    try architecture firms, not only interior firms- it may not be what you want to do in the long run, but its good on the resume to have been employed after graduation.

    good luck, something good will come of your perseverence.
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    Jul 11, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    JakeBenson saidgo-go dance


    ROLF

    @Czarod I hear you, been in the same boat... have any work experience? Things you know your good at?
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:11 AM GMT
    yeah, i just graduated from the no. one ranked ASID accredited interior architecture/design school in the country for like 10 years running- a rigorous five year program that requires students take coop internships every other quarter; we all graduate having worked around the world in top firms, with those names on our resumes. when i entered, there was a 98% placement rate after graduation........ now, out of my graduating class of about 60, i think 4 kids got jobs lined up.... all making $10,000 less than normal. the rest of us are still hunting. with all of UC's coop connections, and with all the professorate connections and alum, its still THIS bad. so yes, i have many skills, and a degree, and professional design experience under my belt, as well as high-end sales.......

    but here i am, jobless, broke, and soon to be homeless when i'm booted out in a matter of weeks. i have no idea what to do; not just in finding a good job, but more immediately, in finding a place to stay while i continue hunting.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:18 AM GMT
    What about teaching?? I remember you explaining things superbly, I think you'd be a riveting lecturer

    What about other countries where the economic slump isnt quite sooo bad? Yes slary is lower often, but hey you gotta start somewhere

    the moment I got out of music school, i started teaching piano and singing at a school in Kathmandu Nepal , and yes, of course it paid nothing, I wouldnt recommend it, but Im just saying its a time to scale down, and it paid the bills...

    About the housing, cant you live with your family? Thats what I do, most of us do this now that the economy is lowere, famlies are returning to being units
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    Get your resume together and post it on Monster. Employers search Monster all the time and contact you.

    Now I dont know how an Interior Designers resume looks, but I recommend reading up on how to write a resume and cover letter on CareerBuilder.com

    Click on the menu on the right. Select Career Resources.

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    Scroll down to the bottom center of the page and check out the topics in blue. There is a lot of good info there.

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    There is this job in Northern Virginia. Dont worry about the experience criterion. It seems low enough for a recent grad to be considered. Advice: job ads are written for the ideal candidate. They write them with every possible criteria they can think of. I say, go ahead and apply, esp. if you did well in school and can get our profs to sing your praises. Try getting the profs to write letters of recommendation to the employer, even before the employer asks. It's a tough economy and you have to be aggressive. Oh and with your distinctive good looks, you might want to put a pic on your resume. People like to work with good looking people, esp if sales is involved. (dude, do you seriously have the eye of horus tattooed on your pecs?)

    Interior Designer/Custom Interior Coordinator

    About the Job

    Greenspring has an opening for a Interior Designer/Custom Interiors Coordinator offering excellent benefits, great working conditions and a competitive salary. This is a unique and exciting opportunity. Greenspring, the most innovative retirement community in Northern VA is searching for an experienced designer to meet the needs of the marketing team/current & prospective residents.

    Projects include all in-house residential design.

    The most desirable candidate will:

    Have an enthusiastic attitude with a passion for excellence in design.
    Have a strong track record in residential design projects.
    Have demonstrated strength in concept design, planning and detailed execution and/or color and material selection and specifications.
    Be a team player, with the ability to interact with other professionals to achieve a common goal.

    Sales experience and NCIDQ certificate preferred.

    Requirements:

    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Professional presentation a must
    • Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills in a fast pace environment
    • Excellent communication skills and team player
    • A four year degree in Interior Design or experience in lieu of degree


    Interaction with residents, vendors, sales representatives, design and construction representatives.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    Keep looking, you will find something. In the meantime if I were you I would try to get a small job while still looking for a job in your field. You may hate it, but it will help with the bills.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Well my dear, with your decorationg backround you shouldnt be afraid to take 2 steps back for now in order to take 3steps forward..You could do some visual merchandising [i.e. retail windows, retail interiours, a photog assistant ect..] Thats what i did during my finding myself years and it was a great way to meet people in the industry....One day i was dressing manequins in the window and the next day i was working fashion week here in New York [ dressing models]...
    You gotta put yourself out there guy, nothing ventured, nothing gained..icon_exclaim.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    "Well my dear, with your decorationg backround "


    its interior DESIGN not interior decoration.icon_evil.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    Grad school. Saved my life, and gave me something to do while the economy tanked.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    I hate to put it so bluntly but what where you thinking when you chose Interior Design as a major? Did you think you were going to be able to make a career of this? Of course you're having a hard time finding a job; you should have realized that would be the case way back when you chose to major in Interior Design.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    fastfreddie saidI hate to put it so bluntly but what where you thinking when you chose Interior Design as a major? Did you think you were going to be able to make a career of this? Of course you're having a hard time finding a job; you should have realized that would be the case way back when you chose to major in Interior Design.

    Best of luck to you!



    Was that necessary?

    Find a stop gap job: Anything will do. Just get some money coming in. It will be temporary as you continue your search. Also consider this: once you get a stop gap, find a few part time positions. Gradually add hours at some and eliminate those you like least. You can continue your search. Eventually try to narrow it down to only 2 part time jobs, and then eventually find the full time time job to replace all these temporary positions. Also: Consider offering your skills as an independent contractor to firms or clients. Many places cannot afford taxes and benefits, so lots of short term work may cover you as you find something a tad more permanent (with the knowledge in mind that even full time jobs tend to change every 3-5 years nowadays).
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    Been there. Find a vocational side-career. Or, get more creative with your possibilities icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:30 AM GMT


    Kick a man while he's down, why doncha!!
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    He said in his later post:
    czarodziej said when i entered, there was a 98% placement rate after graduation........

    Do what DancerJack said!
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    Hey man, if we lived closer I would offer you a place to stay while you try to get on your feet cause that's cold that you're being kicked out! icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:41 AM GMT
    dancerjack saidFind a stop gap job: Anything will do. Just get some money coming in. It will be temporary as you continue your search. Also consider this: once you get a stop gap, find a few part time positions. Gradually add hours at some and eliminate those you like least. You can continue your search. Eventually try to narrow it down to only 2 part time jobs, and then eventually find the full time time job to replace all these temporary positions. Also: Consider offering your skills as an independent contractor to firms or clients. Many places cannot afford taxes and benefits, so lots of short term work may cover you as you find something a tad more permanent (with the knowledge in mind that even full time jobs tend to change every 3-5 years nowadays).

    Or find a job that is might use your knowledge but not be strictly Interior Design, like a facility manager. Your knowledge of interior stuff might be a real asset when managing a facility and dealing with contractors, etc.

    Like how Dancerjack took his major in pole dancing and turned it into a managment position in a brothel. Ya gotta think outside the box.






    J/k Dancer. You know me. Big kidder. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    look at Construction firms that do design-builds, property management, any field related to yours. many major corps have in-house design teams as well. is your focus residential or commercial?

    Note: for all the advice givers, Interior Design is NOT Interior Decorating.
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    if you lived in montana i'd help you out.
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    look in Canada, current labour shortage in my province is large. housing starts up 110% over last year, numerous different firms hiring, though u might not find work in ur chosen field u can always find something to tide u over. i realise the fast food lifestyle is shit, but if its good enough for gramma to top up her pension, if slinging burgers or pizzas keeps u in a warm place till u can find a job in ur career, we all gotta do what we gotta do right?
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    Jonno11 saidlook in Canada, current labour shortage in my province is large. housing starts up 110% over last year, numerous different firms hiring, though u might not find work in ur chosen field u can always find something to tide u over. i realise the fast food lifestyle is shit, but if its good enough for gramma to top up her pension, if slinging burgers or pizzas keeps u in a warm place till u can find a job in ur career, we all gotta do what we gotta do right?


    I was going to suggest something similar. You might try applying internationally; not all countries are in the economic downturn that we're in and going abroad would broaden your horizons as well as make you more marketable. Of course, that all depends on the type of experience that you've gained through your times as an intern. Speaking of which, I'm really surprised that you can't find some work through a previous employer. Or even if they're absolutely not hiring, a scout there would almost certainly have a better understanding of where you should direct your job search and/or have quality networking information. I would go back and talk to some of the people at previous intern sites.

    In any case, good luck to you!
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Get online and start looking into the three major markets: NYC, LA, and Miami.
    Your career path - like mine - is rare. You really have to hustle to find work.
    In the meantime, do as dancerjack said and look for something to get some money coming in.
  • jgymnast733

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    Jul 12, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    sundayswim said"Well my dear, with your decorationg backround "


    its interior DESIGN not interior decoration.icon_evil.gif

    I KNOW DEAR ,,,I CAN READ.....
    as i mentioned,,sometimes one must take a step back in order to move forward....
    Design is Design,,if your good at your craft you'll adjust well.....THANK YOU.