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Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a designer providing design, presentation, and documentation services in Southern California. My background is in interior design, and my work is mostly done utilizing CAD and modeling programs. Most of my clients are interior designers and architects. This blog is where I share my personal experience and opinions on work-related topics. This blog covers architecture, interior design, and some landscape design. I also draw inspiration from my life here in Southern California, my trips to Taiwan visiting my family, and Taiwanese and Japanese TV programs I watch. Please make yourself comfortable. Feel free to leave a comment or send me a message. Thank you!

My Recipe for Successful Job Hunting

Job hunting is a form of art that requires planning and preparation. A job is not hard to get. But one needs to be a good hunter to get a job that encourages growth and builds a bright future.

Ingredients:

  • Phone Number (with an answering service)
  • E-mail Address (keep professional)
  • Resume
  • Business Cards
  • Portfolio (in different formats)
  • LinkedIn Profile (with a professional-looking profile photo)
  • Website/Blog
  • Ever-growing Network of Industry Contacts

Directions:

  1. Analyze strength and weakness; figure out target positions and company types.
  2. Adjust ingredients listed above to showcase strength and to appeal to target employers.
  3. Search online job listings and send resume with cover letter/message tailored to each job.
  4. Research potential employers in desired area. Houzz.com is a good website to check out local professionals.
  5. Connect with professionals on LinkedIn if possible; Always add a personal message when sending LinkedIn Request.
  6. Prepare “Elevator Speech”
  7. Always look good; smell nice, and SMILE.
  8. Attend trade events to horn social skills and adjust your appearance; Always have business cards ready.
  9. After each event, review business cards collected and make notes on back of cards.
  10. Email new contacts as a follow-up of the event.
  11. Allow more-than-enough time before each interview; Never be late
  12. Be prepared to ask questions at each interview.
  13. Follow up after each interview
  14. Repeat above steps (in any order) as necessary.

Notes:

  • Good English is the key. Practice speaking clearly and write with correct spelling and grammar.
  • There is only one chance to make the first impression, so always look put together.

  • People in the business talk to each other; Always be on your best behavior.

  • Avoid any form of business communication when feeling angry, sad, depressed, irritated, sick, or tired.

9 Tips to Thrive in the Real World

1. Be Healthy

2. Be Professional

3. Be Sincere and Compassionate

4. Set Goals

5. Keep Improving

6. Promote Your Strength

7. Be Unique and Memorable

8. Build a Support System

9. Offer Help & Give Back

Last year, I was invited to be a guest speaker at two different classes in two different schools. I felt I could do a little more than just talking about my personal story. I got inspired to put together the 9 tips above. I feel strongly about each of the tips. So, after the two presentations, this gets a permanent spot here on my blog.

Gift Guide

Whether it is for the holidays or for other occasions, unique gifts lets the recipients know how special they are.

Body Regalia
Renee Ridosh
Being a professional interior designer is not enough for Renee to let out her creative energy. She had created her line of decorative jewelry using a combination of stones, minerals, art glass, crystal, fittings and wire. Her works can be purchased from her Website.

Decorative Eggs
Nadia Startseva
Nadia decorates wooden eggs with paint, jewels, beads, Swarovski crystals, and other decorative materials. Each one is hand-crafted, and no two are alike. $25 – $50 each. Please contact Nadia via Email or her Facebook Page.

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FMCDesigns
Michele Conn

Michele makes adorable knitted goods for babies and adults. Please visit her Etsy Shop.

MADE by DWC
MADE by DWC’s unique products are handmade by women overcoming homelessness in Skid Row. Shop at their Downtown Los Angeles shops and Online.

Soapy Soaps
Morgan Yen
Soapy Soaps wishes to bring healthy, sustainable, luxurious and nourishing skincare to all. Besides handmade soaps, lip balms, lotions bars, and face creams are also available. Please visit the Website and the Etsy Shop.

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Michelle Chiang Signature Soap

IMG_1393Studio Channel Islands Art Center
A group of talented artists offering unique arts in all forms and mediums. Please visit the Website.

TwoPalmsKreatioNs
Karen Norman
Karen is passionate about the art of leather carving and all artistic leather creations. Please visit the Facebook Page.

Visual Meanderings – by VT Fine Art Photography
Virginia Dudasik
Virginia’s photographs are like poetry without words. Please visit the Website.

The Bridge Bible Fellowship Missions House

Back in June, after learning that a local church The Bridge Bible Fellowship was remodeling their Missions House and could use some design help, I jumped at the chance to organizing this community project for IDS LA/Ventura Chapter.

The beginning of the story (from the church’s blog) can be found HERE.

I was able to gather four volunteer interior designers quickly. The project had already began when we got involved. Unlike projects our designers are used to dealing with, this one comes with many limitations. The design team had to make many compromises, and many design suggestions had to be altered. Although the finished work is not Architectural Digest worthy, but we feel great that we were able to give back a little to our community.

I was amazed to see these four designers work so harmonically and efficiently together. (Maybe I will start calling them “Fab-4″ from now on.)  Personally, I want to thank these four ladies for volunteering their time and talent and tolerating me as an inexperienced coordinator.

Judi Doling of JA Design

Jennifer Hutton of Jennifer Hutton Interiors

Eva Olip of Olip Interiors

Renee Ridosh of IntenDecor

The project could not have been done without the contractor Kiko Castro and his team. FunTime Cabinet Factory fabricated the kitchen and hallway cabinetry at a extremely low price. Joanna Forbes of Closet Factory made the master bedroom closet more efficient and functional.

Update of the project (from the church’s blog) can be found HERE.

Thank you for reading all the details. Enjoy the photos!

TBBF Mission House

From the Front Door

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Living Room

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Dining Room

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Dining Room

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Dining Room

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Kitchen

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Kitchen

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Master Bedroom

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Hallway

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Hallway

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Bedroom 2

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Bathroom

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Bathroom

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Bathroom