When to Hop and When to Stay

A recent post on Contract magazine’s website touches on a timely issue. The author states that among her peers, interior designers with 10 to 15 years of experience, “a regular topic of conversation is their struggle to find a firm they are willing to make a career investment in.” As opportunities arise, these designers instead are moving around from firm to firm.

We are seeing the same trend in our firm with job applicants. A number have jumped from one firm to another every one or two years. This trend is not unique to the A&D industry, of course. As employers of all kinds have increasingly become reluctant to make long-term commitments to employees, staff loyalty has eroded. Employers get this, and on occasion exploit it to their advantage. However, the cost of recruiting, orienting and training a new employee is not insignificant. If they look at a candidate’s track record and suspect he or she is going to move on in a year or two, they are going to think twice before making an offer.

Some candidates think they can game the system by insisting that “this time” they are looking for a more permanent position. In my experience, this gambit does not work. Deeds speak louder than words. If you are serious about having a career in interior design, my advice is to stay put for a while, gain experience, develop your management and leadership skills, take time to figure out what you want to accomplish in the next phase of your career, and then decide where you need to be.

When you’re ready to make your move, contact us. We can match you with firms that can offer you the opportunity you’re looking for.

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