So its been about eight weeks now since beginning my job hunt for a second time, and I have been busy sending out a revamped version of my CV to selected interior design companies asking for either paid employment or work experience.
Even though I have received a lot of wonderfully positive responses to jobs I have applied for and CV’s I have sent out, before all these happened (typically all at once!) I also received a few not so positive ones.
This was the response I received from Taylor & Co Architects in Worcester – they didn’t have any vacancies, however I liked that Mike Taylor took the time to write to me telling me so instead of the all too frustratingly common non-response…
And these are the ones I received interviews for…..
1. Interior Designer for Kitchenworld
I found this on the Directgov website for a Kitchen/Bedroom/Bathroom Designer for a kitchen showroom in Worcester. The job description/person specification sounded promising (CAD training if required, experience in a retail sales environment, good interpersonal skills) so I tailored my CV to the job, ensuring that my summary section fulfiled all their requirements and emailed in my CV with a covering letter. About a week after I sent in my CV, I got a call asking if I would come in for an interview!! Of course I said yes, and set about organising my portfolio and browsing the showroom website to get an idea of what it was like.
I felt this interview went well, and was invited back for a second time, however I turned this down. You’ll see why later! Even though this would have been a good learning experience for me (kitchens, bedrooms, as well as bathrooms), it wasn’t where I ideally wanted to be.
2. Assistant Arts Therapist with NHS
As well as sending out speculative CV’s, I have also sent in applications for specific jobs too. One of these I came across was for an assistant arts therapist with the Birmingham NHS – becoming an arts therapist was something that I explored when I was deciding which path to take during my career change – it combines two things that I really enjoy – helping people and being creative. I was delighted to realise that I fulfilled the person specification, so I busily set about filling in an application form and submitted it. I then got a call last week saying that I had been shortlisted for an interview…eeeeek!
This interview is scheduled for two weeks time, however I am unsure if I will attend. Although this job sounded good to me on paper, the reality of it isn’t so appealing now that it may become a real possibility. One of the reasons I left my previous career was because it was very emotionally draining, and also stressful in terms of workload and just being a therapist. As a friend (and fellow ex-therapist) pointed out, I am having reservations which I didn’t have with the other interior design jobs that I have got interviews for. What does that show?
3. Freelance Interior Designer with Intu Interiors
One company I sent my CV to contacted me two weeks ago and left me a lovely voicemail message – she said that she received my CV in the post and thought it was ‘fantastic’. She stated she especially loved my envelope with the ribbon and pearls, and wanted to know if I would like to meet up with her. I gave her a call back and she explained that she would really like to meet with me to show me around their offices and studios, then possibly become a freelance designer with them!
A week later and I was heading for the interview. I eventually found their new studios – in a beautiful Georgian building on a busy road heading into Kidderminster. I turned up and was told that Bev wasnt in today, however her husband John would see me instead. I spent an about an hour chatting with John, and he basically explained the company background over the last year, how it has gone through a lot of upheaval recently, and how he is keen to get the business back on track and moving forward.
I loved the vision that John had for the business and I felt his values matched my own – I’m learning that this is so important if you are to be happy in your job. He explained that he and Bev believed in training and developing staff, they wanted to build the business and the people behind it so they would enjoy coming into work each day and basically be ‘one big happy family’ too.
John offered me a permanent, full-time job there and then! He explained that to begin taking his business forward, they need a good team behind them which means employing permanent rather than freelance staff. He then took me down to the design studio to meet the people I would be working with and bid me farewell, saying that he would speak to Bev that evening to discuss my terms of employment. I received these terms later that evening, then spoke to Sarah the next day to agree on a start date for me – she was happy for me to start in two weeks. Yipee!
4. Freelance Stylist/Stylist Assistant with Blocc Interiors
That very same day I received the voicemail from Intu, I received another voicemail message. I listened to the message expecting it to be Intu, however I was even more surprised to find that it was another invitation for an interview from a different interior design company that specialised in showhome design! Check me! This vacancy I had spotted on the website for a stylist/stylist assistant dressing show and private homes, though I had also sent a speculative CV to them too a few days before.
This interview was meant to take place yesterday, however I reluctantly cancelled it due to already having accepted the job with Intu Interiors. Working full-time and being a freelance stylist just wouldn’t work unfortunately!
So there it is…. I did it again!
I have found myself another job in interior design… I am so pleased!
Showhome design has always struck a cord with me for some reason and has always piqued my interest, so I am very excited to be working within this industry. I may be starting at the bottom, however I see this as essential in proving myself to my new employer. Excited much!!
I start my new job on Monday 23rd July – keep following to see how I get on in the next stage of my new career!