How to Create a Resume for Crafters

Resume Writing for Crafters.

At one time, I had opportunity to evaluate and interview potential candidates for a position at a company I worked for.

The company would put an advertisement in the paper asking for resumes of interested parties to apply for a specific job. It amazed me how many people applied for the job that didn't have the essential experience or education to work in the field. I also noticed how sloppy some of the resumes were that would arrive in plain envelopes, handwritten, without any form.

Today, applying for a job is even more intense. However, many people don't realize that talents and skills can be highlighted on a resume for maximizing employment potential.

Everything we do can benefit us when looking for a job. Our background speaks to who we are and our accomplishments.

It's important to magnify our abilities when applying for a job.

In this article we are going to explore creative ways to embellish a resume for someone who has been out of work and supplementing their income with craft sales.

1. How many years have you been a crafter?

The first ingredient before starting a resume is to determine how many years you have been crafting.

Think back to the first paper snowflake or paper plate art you prepared in school. You were a crafter long before you started earning money with your talents.

What do you do now? Do you knit, crochet, rubber stamp, scrapbook, make greeting cards, sew, create quilts? How is your craft defined? Are you a crafter-of-all-trades? Or, do you specialize in one craft?

Think back to when you started your specialty. If you do not have a specialty, think back to when you put crafting ahead of any other hobby.

For example, I have been a crafter as far back as I can remember. As a young girl, I would cut up the Sunday newspaper advertisements from the local grocery stores and create grocery store backdrops for Barbie dolls out of the food ads. But my specialty came years later. After taking one class on rubber stamping, I started making and selling greeting cards on the side for fun. In my case, rubber stamping is probably my specialty.

What's yours? Think back to the time you started. What age were you? Do you recall anything specific about the event? Did you take a class or study a tutorial online?

This will give you a good indication of how many years you have been a crafter!

Apply that to your resume. Here are some samples:

  • 15 years of professional knitting experience
  • Over 10 years of knitting and selling baby blankets
  • 20 years of crafting for local charities and selling handmade work at private auctions
  • Over 5 years of making blankets for children in the cancer ward at the hospital

The examples above demonstrate even if you never sold your work or made a profit from it, you can use your experience on a resume.

2. What have you created?

Start a list of all of the items you have created over the years.

Do you knit? What do you knit? Sweaters, scarves, blankets, specializing in adult or children, etc.

Do you sew? What do you sew? Clothing, dresses, unique handbags, specializing in children, etc.

Do you create your own designs and produce them? Have you designed clothing or greeting cards and created them to sell? Have you sold you work?

These are all important questions to ask yourself. It all builds up your resume and your confidence as well.

For example, my grandmother was a homemaker. But year after year, she designed and created many unique and original goodies to be sold at annual craft fairs. One year she designed Cabbage Patch doll clothes. She even found a vendor who specialized in plastic covers for doll clothes. She ordered those and hung the doll clothes around a craft tent. She made a lot of money at that one craft fair. She used her imagination, skill, and expertise to create something that stood out from the rest of the crowd. Another year she made wooden plaques with animal designs and took them to sell at a country fair.

Ask yourself, what have you created over the years in your craft? Even if you didn't sell anything, but gave it all away, you still created something unique.

Consider publications!

Has your work been published in magazines?

This is a great reference point for experience on your resume. Not only did you achieve publication of your design, but it stands to show your excellent reputation in crafting.

3. Who or what have you designed for?

Think back to everything you've created over the years.

Why did you create those particular items? Is it a hobby for you? Did you have someone in mind to create them for? Were you asked to create them?

For example, one time I created a gift bag trimmed in fur, rubber stamped with red dresses. It was quite pretty. Just to see if there was any interest, I put it up for sale online. Within days, I was contacted by a fashion designer in New York. They loved it. In fact, they wanted 500 of them for a fashion show. They were going to use them as parting gifts for all of the guests. I couldn't make that many because I had small children at the time. That would have been an awesome experience had I been able to accommodate that request. Nevertheless, I have created invitations on a massive scale for parties as well as thank you notes for weddings. In addition, I designed bulletin boards for a local school and a nursing home.

The examples above demonstrate people and places I have designed things for. Have you ever been invited to make your craft on a large scale? Even if you weren't able to do it, it's important in building up your portfolio.

Consider custom work.

What work have you done by request?

Consider listing these as professional clients.

Did you ever enter your crafts in a county fair and win a ribbon?

This too can be listed under accomplishments.

4. What is your experience?

This is important because if you have made a career out of crafting, this will highlight many areas of your expertise including marketing yourself and managing your work load.

For example, there are many people who sell their handmade items online. ETSY, eBay, Artfire, and Ruby Lane all have many talented artists and crafters selling their creations daily.

  • Have you sold online?
  • Do you have an online store front?
  • Do you have help with your handmade crafts?
  • Do you ship your items to customers?
  • Do you have help packing and shipping the items?
  • Do you keep track of your sales?
  • Do you buy your supplies from vendors?

All of these answers lead to experience you can list on your resume.

Selling online means you have experience in marketing, sales, customer service, etc.

Having a store front means you have a business. If you have help, you have employees.

If you ship your items, you have experience in shipping and receiving.

If you keep track of your own sales, you have experience in bookkeeping.

If you buy supplies from vendors, it means you have purchasing experience and established relationships with other vendors.

All of this information is key to promoting yourself on a resume.

Believe me, when I was reviewing resumes at my corporate job, many people didn't have half of this experience which was required for the job they were applying for.

Have you ever applied your skills as a crafter to a resume?

  • Yes, and I landed a great job.
  • No, I never thought it was possible.
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Experience as a Crafter
Sales experience
Customer Service
Packing and Shipping
Accounting and Bookkeeping
Ordering Supplies
Managing a business
Filing Taxes


Keep track of your selling efforts.

If you have accounts online, such as ETSY or eBay, print out a copy of your storefront.

Start a portfolio of your work.

I keep a three-ring binder with sheet protectors in it. Every time I make a greeting card, I keep a copy in my binder. If I make a scrapbook page, I photograph it and print the photograph for my binder.

All of this information adds up to show off your talents and skills!

Keep good records. Keep a ledger of all of the craft fairs you attend. Marking down the date, items, and how much sold. Same thing for online stores. This will show how successful you were with your crafts. It proves diligence and commitment which employers seek in hiring the right candidate.

Also, make a list of any references that will be willing to vouch for you if necessary. Such as someone who you created designs for online. Did you have repeat customers that just love your work and speak highly of you? Do you have customers who have ordered your crafts that could write a professional letter of reference?

All of this information together with the skills you demonstrate will add a lot of potential to your resume.

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is great and I sure would have never thought if it but people do make money with crafts. Did you hear of the Etsy woman? She thought her stuff was good enough to make money with them so somehow she sold herself to them and became a part of them and then later went out on her own to make millions never knows when this may come on real handy! Up and sharing.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Jackie! That's an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about that here. I hadn't heard of that before.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I know zero about crafting but I know something about applying for jobs, and your suggestions here certainly can apply to any job one is looking for. Great tips Brandi!

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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

I have been crafting in some shape or form since I was a young child. It is sometimes good to be reminded of one's talents - especially if applying for a position. Many of us under-rate our skills. I found this really useful, so thank you very much for for sharing this.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is a creative way to sell your talents on a resume, as people who craft don't always keep track of everything they've done and don't tend to think of their skills in this way. Hopefully you'll prompt crafters to think of their talents as potentially job-marketable

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow Crafty, how creative of you! What a great topic for a hub ... never would have thought of a resume for a crafter, and it is a perfect idea.

Very clever. Up and more and sharing!

Blessings, Faith Reaper

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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Great tips, Crafty! I like the way your write and you think because I have the feeling you always cover the whole subject and you never miss any corner. It's always interesting! And as Bill said, you can apply your advices to any type of resume!

I would never have thought of creating a resume about my experience in crafting (probably because of my education and also condescending attitude of some people when they ask me what kind of work I do). And when I think more about it, it could be definitely be a "plus" for some jobs. At one point, I thought of applying for a job at IKEA in decoration. That would have been a good selling point!

Thank you for sharing all your suggestions!

Have a nice day!

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Crafty, you sure are creative and smart too! Your wheels keep on turning and never stop. You're amazing!

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SMD2012 2 years ago

What a great idea for a hub! I'll bet that many people who craft would have never thought about adding this type of work to their resume. Being a dedicated crafter shows you have an ability to say focussed on a project, have good organizational skills and you have a creative mindset. Those are all skills that most employers look for in job candidates. Voted up!

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wetnosedogs 2 years ago from Alabama

Awesome hub on creating a resume for crafts. And I love the "Thank you" you crafted.

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a useful hub that contains great ideas for a crafter. The hub is also useful for other people, too, because your suggestions will encourage them to think creatively about what experience they have that will help them get their desired job!

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

How to Create a Resume for Crafters! A brilliantly thought of hub always a creative idea from you and all so perfectly approached voted up and useful.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Billy, thanks so much for taking the time to comment here. I truly appreciate your input my friend.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Sally! Yes, I see even on HP where a lot of crafters under-rate their talents. For example, I tried knitting. I ended up in tears. I can't knit! But people who can have amazing ability in my opinion. The possibilities are endless from making clothing, blankets, and all sorts of really awesome items. There is definitely a place to highlight those skills on a resume!

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Flourish! Thank you so much for commenting here. It always amazes me how much talent is out there and people don't give themselves enough credit for it.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Thank you so much Faith! Your comments are always so kind and appreciated!

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Kidscrafts! I think that's the OCD in me that I've never been diagnosed with! In fact, if I do publish a Hub and then think about it long enough afterward, I lay awake at night thinking about what I forgot to add to my Hub! LOL

There are so many crafters with brilliant talents. Yet, I haven't met many who give themselves enough credit. For example, I rubber stamp something. The stamp is what creates the image. But you wouldn't believe the people that think I've made something impossible. LOL

Likewise, there are many crafts that I haven't figured out how to do. I can't really sew clothing at all. Tried that, but it turned out really bad. So, everyone is unique in the way that not everyone can do everything. Highlighting our attributes is important.

I think you would be an awesome IKEA decorator! How fun is that!

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Sha! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I've had a pretty tough week. Lots of things going on. At times I just want to bury my head in a sleeping bag and wake up next spring.

So, thank you for your lovely comments. It's the friendships on here that I have to look forward to that keep me writing.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Thank you so much SMD! It's so nice to see you. I appreciate your lovely comments very much.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Wetnose! Thank you so much for commenting my friend. That thank you card was part of a huge wedding order. I wasn't at the shower, but I was told, when the bride-to-be opened the box, all the guests clapped. They were made to match the wedding colors. They were the thank you cards for the bride to send out after.

It's those stories that bring this Hub to life. That people can find talent within themselves that they never knew made a difference to anyone else.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Alicia! Thank you so much for your input here. A lot of people think they need to conform to a certain style of resume. The truth is everyone is unique and abilities are different from one person to the next. I hope anyone reading this will find that they too can find within themselves some unique potential to a dream job they seek. :D

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi DDE! Thank you so much for your kind comments my friend.

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WiccanSage 2 years ago

What a really excellent topic! I know it can be so intimidating writing a resume when you've been working from home doing creative projects. It's so important to have a professional resume that highlights your experience without making it sound unprofessional. Well done.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Thanks so much for commenting here Wiccan. I know there are a lot of crafters who don't even consider their talents when applying for a regular job. I have a friend that makes beautiful cards. She started selling them just to people she knew at work. I told her to start selling them online. She went on FB with them, and now has her own online store. It takes a lot of confidence to step out and build a business model as a crafter, so I think it shows potential.

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epbooks 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Fabulous advice- I never even thought of this before, but what a great way to create a resume. Great detail!

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Thank you so much EP for your wonderful comments!

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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful read and thank you for sharing this gem. Voted up and saving for future reference too. Enjoy your weekend.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Thank you so much for your kind and wonderful comments Eiddwen.

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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

Good tips for building a resume of any sort! Shared!

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Thank you so much midget38! I truly appreciate your input here.

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teaches12345 2 years ago

This will certainly help crafters put their best foot forward.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Teaches12345, thanks so much for your comments.

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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very useful, I have never created a crafter resume as I didn't know how! Thank you for all the helpful points and professional sounding sentences I can use, should I decide to do a handicrafts resume in the future.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi Suzanne! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I truly appreciate it!

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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Such a nice presentation of this important topic--thanks!

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago Author

Hi RTalloni! Thanks so much for your comment.

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purl3agony 2 years ago from USA

I don't have a crafting resume, but there are times that I probably need one. Thanks for laying out the important information to include and how to think of one's crafting career. I think adding in real world business experience is a great idea! Thanks for getting me thinking about this. Voted up and pinned :)

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EmilySpurlock 21 months ago from GA

Hi! This is a very interesting article! I'm an artistic person, but I have always steered away from doing anything career-wise regarding it, because I've felt that nobody ever wants to give a chance on someone who takes art seriously rather than other popular attributes.

But I am going to give this a try, because you've put in good helpful tips :) so thank you!

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CovingtonPRS 17 months ago from Philadelphia, PA

Very good article. Online resumes have been utilized for artists and developers for quite sometime and have been increasing in popularity due to easy to use and manage web hosting options. I.e. ( I believe an online resume for a "crafter" would serve a two fold purpose. (A.) It can be a place to highlight their talents and products. (B) It could also be utilized as a store front for profit or donations. This idea would STRICTLY be a supplement to a "conventional" resume optimized for applicant tracking systems (ATS) of course.

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