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How to stand out from the sea of interior design graduates just like you. Aga Artka and Jenny Schrank discuss ways to differentiate yourself, build your brand, network to success and create a long-term career of your dreams.

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Your career. Your future.Discover and apply your passion

I have no special talents.

I am passionately curious.

!~ Albert Einstein

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Employment of interior designers is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly or more easily accessible.

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Median annual wage for interior designers in architectural, engineering, and related services was $47,600 in May 2012,!

Architectural, engineering, and related services $54,360 Specialized design services $47,090 Construction $44,320

!What are you good at?

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! graphic software knowledge photography skills advanced design software skills social media understanding and applicable

experience reliable team member writing/communications skills task-oriented drive sales-driven personality business acumen

Differentiators

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STRENGTH FINDER

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Know your brand (Passion, values, strengths, story)

Share your story (Tell everyone you know)

Dont sit at your desk all day (Interact, build a brand)

Invest time and money in your brand

(I see you everywhere effect)

Leverage social media and networking

(We all have the same amount of time time is no excuse! )

The Brand of You

MOVING

YOUR BRAND

ONLINE

Online presence - digital portfolio

~ Folio Link

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Online presence - digital portfolio

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~ Behance

Online presence - digital portfolio

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Online presence - digital resume

~ Visual CV

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Online presence - LinkedIn profile

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Five essential elements !of your LinkedIn Profile:! Professional headshot Optimize your headline Update your experience and summary Build connections Gain and give recommendations

Why LinkedIn matters?Yo

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Why LinkedIn matters?Yo

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Why LinkedIn matters?Yo

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Why LinkedIn matters?Yo

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Why LinkedIn matters?Yo

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NETWORKNETWORK

NETWORK

Your

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Network

ASIDwww.asidwi.org

IIDA www.iidawi.org

WGBA www.wgba.org

Chamber of Commerce

NKBA www.nkbawi.org

QUESTIONS

GOOD LUCK

Jenny S. Schrank

p: 414/405-3011

jschrank@pushpointmarketing.com

Aga Artka

p:414/213-4218

contactme@agaartka.com