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Well, with my trip canceled and the clouds persisting, I have zero excuses to postpone my inevitable job hunt. If you haven't heard {ha,ha} we're in a recession. The architecture and design industry is usually hit first and recovers last and unfortunately the Sabbe's can't afford for me to wait it out. And hanging out in the apartment with Zoe and Ellen is getting kind of boring.

I've never had to job hunt in a bad economy! I've always had a really easy time finding a job and I have a feeling this process is to give me a really big dose of humility. Not to mention I am waaaay above the Mason Dixon line, where every other person has a Masters from Harvard and could not point to the University of Tennessee {go vols!} on a map.

I went to an IIDA cocktail party the other night and met some local designers. It was fun, but sad...there were 20 year veterans who had been laid off 6 months ago and had still not found jobs. I made friends with a furniture rep, who probably for no other reason than to make conversation, gave me the "Now, How are you going to make yourself different?....You must think outside the box" speech. At that moment I was nodding, glass of wine in hand, and thinking this is the most depressing party ever. But it was good advise.

So after another week and a half of procrastination...I'm ready to rise to the occassion. To start things off I've revamped a portfolio website that I've had for a couple of years. Here is my new home page....
It's just a start and I have much more to do before it's ready to be sent out. What I'm really focusing on to try and "set myself apart" is a branding package. All good retailers do it. I just happen to be selling myself. Seriously, would you buy Method if the bottle wasn't so cool? Do you really love the environment and care about the lifecycle of that product that much....or do you really love design and a pretty package? We know Marianne's vote.

I'm still sewing part time! And I have lots of fun bedroom projects to unveil later this week. Stay tuned.

9 comments:

High-Heeled Foot in the door July 9, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

Oh the home page looks great. I totally agree it really is all about the packaging and how you present yourself. I'm a sucker for a pretty package and I would hire you in a second! I love the way it looks!

Good luck on the job hunt!

LindsB July 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM  

ohh, I love it! Can we see it??

The sewing projects that are keeping you busy sound great, I cant wait to see what projects you have been doing and what I an copy from you :)

I know a perfect job will land in your lap soon- you are too fab for someone to not snatch up asap :)

Stephanie Sabbe July 9, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

I'll post it once it's 100% typo free and all the portfolio stuff is on there:)

Blueprint Bliss July 10, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

Can't wait to see your sewing projects. Your homepage looks great...I'm waiting for more!

A&D is terribly slow in Birmingham. I'm counting down the days until my job is no more... I'm thinking it's soon.

Lili July 11, 2009 at 9:13 PM  

Can't wait to see the projects. I also love the home page. Hang in there with the job hunt! I remember you mentioning something about doing contract work for your old company. Did that come to fruition?

Stephanie Sabbe July 12, 2009 at 3:15 PM  

Contract work...I did my part, waiting to hear feedback. He hasn't set firm a firm time line, which I hate. so yes and no

Haven and Home July 13, 2009 at 12:36 PM  

I am such a sucker for packaging. Love your homepage! Let us know how the hunt goes. I just went to Market and it was beyond depressing. Things are going to get better soon right?

I do love your sewing projects, maybe that can become more full time?

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