Meet Matt

“You don’t get weeks to work on designs – you get days.”

Name: Matt Hurley

Field of Study: Furniture Design

Year of Graduation: 2000

Current Position: Owner of Hurley Design Inc., High Point, N.C.

What was the most important thing you learned about your field while at Kendall?

Detailing and furniture construction.

What was your most shocking realization about your field after graduation?

You don't get weeks to work on designs – you get days.

Give us your best interview tip.

Dress well, show only your best stuff and keep it simple.

List three ways you network in your field.

  1. Attend the furniture market (High Point).
  2. Join industry organizations like ASFD.
  3. Word-of-mouth marketing.

What was the worst interview moment you've experienced?

I opened my brief case so no one could see my face–don't do that, because they will ask you to close it.

List three résumé "don'ts."

  1. Avoid slang.
  2. Don't lie.
  3. Avoid writing too much.

List three résumé "do's."

  1. Keep it to one page.
  2. Proofread.
  3. Be creative.

Name the most essential skill, tool or software program relative to your field.

AutoCAD, Photoshop and pencil sketching – on paper!

How did you make the first connection that led to a job in your field?

Kendall's CareerLink Job Board.

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