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5 Interior Design Resume Examples To Stand Out In 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: May 26, 2021

Interior design is a lucrative, competitive career. At times it can feel near impossible to stand out when applying for jobs.

Not to fear, that’s where we come in. You do the interior designing, we’ll help you with your resume.

We’ve reviewed thousands of interior design resumes in the past year and we’ve learned what works, and what doesn’t, to help you get more interviews.

These 5 interior design resume examples are designed to give you a good starting point for your own resume whether you’re starting from scratch or updating an old one.

Interior Design Resume

Interior Design resume example

Why this resume works

  • Interior design is one of those professions that requires advanced knowledge and training; mentioning your academic qualifications and industry-specific certifications increases your chances of being hired.
    • No matter whether you are licensed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) or California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC), include that as a dedicated section on your resume.
    • The license is an immediate box the hiring manager can check in their determination of whether they are going to send you an interview request based on your resume.
    • Additionally, such a license means you could help train other employees in this field, something that employers will always look for when searching for the right candidate for any job.
  • The skills section mentions CAD, which is yet another industry-specific tool that gives the applicant an upper hand in the eyes of employers. Not sure how to list down your skills? Check out this guide for additional information.

Professional Interior Designer Resume

Professional Interior Designer resume example

Why this resume works

  • Using numbers not only helps quantify your achievements but also makes them more noticeable. Because resumes are usually full of words, using numbers makes it easier for interviewers to see the exact achievements you are talking about, and their magnitude. Some great examples:
    • “Designed and oversaw the construction of Amerix Shopping Complex, measuring 300,000 sq ft.”
    • “Achieved the company's annual sales target of $2 million for 4 consecutive years.”
    • “...increasing the company's ratings to 5 stars from 3.5 stars on HomeAdvisor.”
  • Mentioning your contribution to a current or previous job also increases your chances of being hired because employers know you will be valuable to their company.
    • Employers are what we call risk averse. They don’t like risks. They want to hire a professional interior designer who has a demonstrated track work of moving a business forward.

Entry Level Interior Design Resume

Entry Level Interior Design resume example

Why this resume works

  • One of the most common questions I get from interior designers looking for a new job is “should I include non-related experience on my resume?”
    • The answer is a resounding “Yes!”. Any work experience can demonstrate qualities that a hiring manager is seeking, it’s all in how you talk about it.
    • For example, instead of saying “Processed client payments” during this interior designer’s time as a receptionist, they say “Confirmed and processed client payments on time and followed up on late payments, increasing on-time payments by 25%.” thereby demonstrating ownership and leadership.
  • We have mentioned this before and we will keep mentioning it as long as we can; quantify your achievements to give them more weight in the eyes of potential employers.
    • Did you improve your firm’s rate on Avvo or Yelp? How much call volume did you handle? How did you improve the customer experience?
    • On your entry level interior design resume, numbers speak louder than words.

Senior Interior Design Resume

Senior Interior Design resume example

Why this resume works

  • Using strong action words, such as “supervised”, “developed” and “maintained” to describe your job responsibilities and achievements, this is a great way to demonstrate to your future employers that you are a ‘doer’, a quality that is needed when working with clients.
  • The focus of a senior interior designer resume should be on accomplishments, not responsibilities.
    • For example, instead of saying “Budgeting” this resume says “Maintained a strict budget for each project and ensured timely completion without compromising on quality, saving the company over $50K per project.”
    • As you get more experience under your belt, the more your resume should be able to talk to what you’ve achieved.
  • This resume template contains a lot of text and information but it is still easily readable. Keeping your resume to one page is a huge asset so the template you choose is important.

Corporate Interior Designer Resume

Corporate Interior Designer resume example

Why this resume works

  • Proficiency in different industry-specific software will give you an upper hand when applying for an interior design job.
    • If you’re not sure which technical skills to include, the best place to look is at the job description for the role you’re applying to.
    • Employers don't want to spend too much time training you and that's why they would rather offer bonuses or a higher pay if you are proficient in certain software. Tailoring your resume for each application can help you increase your salary down the line. Worth the effort in my book.
  • Interior design isn't usually an individual project, especially at the corporate level. By demonstrating your ability to team up with other professionals, you are placing yourself in a more competitive position in the job industry.
  • Avoiding filler words such as 'successfully' to quantify your achievements or impact. Let your metrics do the talking and demonstrate you can communicate effectively and concisely.

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