An unused, futile, dull looking space gets converted into a beautiful, useful, visually-appealing and attractive space which attracts more clients! That is Interior Designing for you in nutshell.

Something similar is required in the resume industry.

A plain dull un-appealing resume is converted into a useful, attractive and functional document which can secure more jobs!

As simple as it sounds, interior designing has attracted lot of talent in recent times.

With growing need for residential spaces, hospitals, commercial sites and projects interior designers are now more than needed.

Needless to say, this industry is growing and so is the need for that fantastic resume.

Today, the profile of an interior designer requires a lot more than a sense of designing.

You need to interact with clients and understand their needs. You also have to bid for projects.

Then comes the part of sketching layouts and taking into consideration the compliance and universal designing standards.

Lot of coordination with vendors has to be done for the raw material and liaising with construction people to get work done.

So in crux, there is a lot to be put in the resume. And this has to be put in a way which can create ripples in the water.

Your interior designer resume should essentially answer the following questions:

  • Why did you become an Interior Designer?
  • What makes you a good candidate for the target firm?
  • Who were the world’s renowned interior designers that you have worked with?
  • What can you do or have you done to make an enclosed space look bigger?
  • What adjustments can you make in order to comply with the client’s proposed budget?
  • How do you keep abreast with the newest trends in interior design?
  • How can you promote the use of sustainable items in all of your projects?

Your resume should essentially stand out from the pile out there. Let us see how we can do this.

This article will focus on these things:

How to make an interior designer resume

The main steps of how to make an interior designer resume

Step 1: Make a Master CV with all your experiences/qualifications/memberships/interests/additional information.
Step 2: Tailor your sections and points according to an interior design resume template.
Step 3: Formulate your points based on cause-effect relationship.
Step 4: Highlight and bucket your key skills.
Step 5: Array your interior designer skills across your work ex in a "Key Skills" section ensuring it contains interior design words.
Step 6: Write a strong interior design resume summary aligning your skills with the company goals/requirements.

Page size

To draft a 2-pager interior design resume, we have to carefully balance sections to maximize the impact on the recruiter.

Universally accepted resume format is in the reverse chronological order where-in all the sections, recent jobs and degree courses and awards and each detail which occured recently will be displayed first.

This makes recruiter's job very easy as she is more concerned about your current information rather than what you did few years ago.

The fight between pdf and word resume format can be sorted from the information given here:

https://www.hiration.com/blog/pdf-word-resume/

Which sections to include?

Sections in a resume is of great importance as displaying the correct sections in the limited space given is our foremost objective.

The following sections will be there in an interior designer resume in the sequence given below:-

  • Personal Details

  • Career Summary

  • Key Skills

  • Work-Experience

  • Certifications & Training

  • Education

1c. Usually, freshers and professionals with less than 10 years of experience should build their resume in 1-page.

If you have plenty of projects to showcase and your resume is content heavy then you can stretch it to maximum 2-pages.

Additionally, always remember that a resume is either 1-pager or 2-pages and not 1.5-pager or 2.5 pager.

You can see an interior designer resume sample here:-

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How to draft an Interior Designer Resume

Career Summary of an Interior Design Resume

Summary is a short synopsis which gives a fair idea to the recruiter about your abilities and skills based on how you draft the summary.

For an Interior Designer resume, let us see see the correct way of drafting a summary:-

WRONG

Good in project management and design recommendations. Looking for a workplace offering conducive environment for innovative design implementation. Handling stakeholers for both housing and commercial properties.

RIGHT

9+ years experienced Interior Designing Professional skilled in conceptualizing end-to-end projects by rendering design recommendations to the clients. Highly skilled in conducting extensive research on new styles, designs and techniques to execute the best possible interior designing in compliance with client's budget and taste. Adept at coordinating with key stakeholders to implement cost-e􀀼ective design projects.

Key Skills in an Interior Design Resume

This section displays skills specific to your job. And like many candidates make a mistake here, this section does not include soft skills.

So may be you have execelent communication skills but it is an abovious skills required by the recruiter. Rather what will make you stand out is the job specific skills.

Let us see an interior designer resume example for key skills:-

WRONG

Excellent Communication & Sincerity
Preparing budgets for project worth million dollars
Conceptualizing the Project
Conducting Research and preparing Drawings

RIGHT

• Budget Preparation • Project Conceptualization • Research • Drawings • Layout • Architecture
• Stakeholder Management • Team Management & Leadership • New Construction & Space Planning

3 things to take care of while drafting key skills section in an interior designer resume

  1. Use small bullets to separate the skills and put them in 2-3 lines to save space
  2. Use phrases that reflect interior design words and not long lines
  3. Skills should not include soft skills but only be focused on industry-specific skills

Technical Skills in an Interior Design Resume

Many interior designers prepare drawings manually but these days as the technology is grwoing, there is a reported increase of well-known softwares.

Many companies demand the knowledge of these softwares. And if you know them and use them, there is no question why you should not include it specifically in the technical skills.

You can display it in a single line the way it is given here:-

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Work-Experience section in an Interior Design Resume

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This section is unarguably the most important for the recruiter to take a deciison.

Recruiter generally has just 6 seconds to scan your resume and after quickly giving a glimpse at summary and key skills, recruiter looks for your work-experience section.

Therefore, carefully drafting this section can take you to many places you have dreamt of.

4 rules will help you draft this section:-

1. Make 1-liners with cause and effect relationships

Giving information in the resume in paragraph form is not a great idea.

Ultimate purpose of building a power packed resume is to make recruiter's job easy by giving organized information.

Putting bullet points in the resume showcasing your work and making sentence out of each bullet by displaying cause and effect is the right way to go.

Let us see an Interior Designer Resume Example:-

WRONG

Making new products recommendations to the client. Going for follow-up client meetings and conceptualizing the project designing part taking into account the client's budget and requirements

RIGHT

  • Directing the first and follow-up meeting with the clients for project decision and execution
  • Conceptualizing the project design in accordance with client taste and budget
  • Recommending new products and design recommendations to drive revenue and profitability

As seen here, paragraph is broken into meaningful 1-liner points. Each point is complete in itself with cause and effect relationship.

2. Group similar points under common buckets

Use Buckets as per key skills and functions/skills you want to showcase

Grouping gives you a neater and defined interior design resume as compared to just throwing the bullets out there.

Let us see from an Interior Designer Resume Example:-

WRONG

  • Managing end-to-end designing and completion of 2 residential projects on a quarterly basis
  • Interpreting and translating customer requirements into a rough plan
  • Directing the first and follow-up meeting with the clients for project decision and execution
  • Conceptualizing the project design in accordance with client taste and budget
  • Recommending new products and design recommendations to drive revenue and profitability
  • Preparing and drafting all supportive information to be referred to later
  • Conducting extensive research on the material to deliver the best quality to the client
  • Formulating design implementation strategies to deliver services in the stipulated time period
  • Decorating interiors consultations, renovations, space planning and new constructions)
  • Decorating interiors by rendering consultations, planning spaces and executing new constructions & renovations
  • Deploying the skills of creativity, detailing and eye for design to convert a dull space into a vibrant one
  • Collaborating with designers, decorators, architects and construction team to execute the designed plan
  • Ensuring timely payments to team of 50 personnel by preparing all payroll functions received from HR
  • Providing assistance with the employee negotiations; managed the employee vacation & benefits plans
  • Used the “Zero-Based” approach for budgeting
  • Prepared the annual budget in consultation with the Senior Leadership

RIGHT

Project Conceptualization

  • Managing end-to-end designing and completion of 2 residential projects on a quarterly basis Interpreting and translating customer requirements into a rough plan
  • Directing the first and follow-up meeting with the clients for project decision and execution
  • Conceptualizing the project design in accordance with client taste and budget
  • Recommending new products and design recommendations to drive revenue and profitability
  • Preparing and drafting all supportive information to be referred to later
    Research & Budgeting
  • Conducting extensive research on the material to deliver the best quality to the client
  • Formulating design implementation strategies to deliver services in the stipulated time period
  • Decorating interiors consultations, renovations, space planning and new constructions)
    Stakeholder Management
  • Collaborating with designers, decorators, architects and construction team to execute the designed plan
  • Ensuring timely payments to team of 50 personnel by preparing all payroll functions received from HR
  • Providing assistance with the employee negotiations; managed the employee vacation & benefits plans

3. Highlight crucial data especially numerals

Certifications & Training in an Interior Designer Resume

Certifications have various benefits for an Interior Designer and for that matter for any professional.

It gives you an extra edge over the others.

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