Have you ever considered getting a job crafting professionally? Want to parlay your craft experiences into a career, but not sure how to turn all that into a resume? Mary Walton has put together a guest post for Moogly today on just that topic! Thanks, Mary!
As a crafter, you’ll already be quite used to getting your hands dirty, delving headfirst into a task or job to give it everything you’ve got. However, when it comes to job hunting, when was the last time you got your hands dirty while crafting away at your resume? When applying for a job, it’s vital that you maximise your opportunities, and your potential, by creating an outstanding resume that will shine like you deserve to shine. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, here’s how.
Defining Your Experience
The first thing you’ll want to do is to see what experience you can put on your resume. When did you start being a crafter? For most, this is an extremely difficult question to answer; it may even go back to when you were a child. If this is this case, ask when you started getting paid for your talents. For example, let’s say you were a knitter. You can say something along the lines of; you have 15 years’ experience in knitting which divides into five years of private work, five years working for a charity and five years working self-employed.
Defining Your Produce
Next, you need to list out everything you make. As a crafter, you may have multiple talents in several different skill sectors. For example, if you’re a sewer, you could make a whole range of items and objects from blankets and bags to curtains or children’s clothes. Before you start writing your resume, ensure that you list everything out, so you don’t miss anything.
List Up Your Features
The final thing you’ll want to list up is your achievements and your accomplishments. Has any of your work ever stood out amongst the rest? Maybe you’ve been featured in a publication or a magazine? Whatever it is you’ve got, ensure that you list up with the rest of your information, ready for your resume. Richard Killough, the resume editor for Resumention, continues;
“You’re not just restricted to these points above. Maybe you’ve entered and finished in a high-ranking competition or maybe worked for a famous client. When creating your resume, you want to include any information that will make you stand out.”
Creating Your Resume
Now you’ve got all your information in front of you; it’s time to start writing your resume. Be systematic and methodical, so you don’t miss anything out. If you’re stuck, you could use some headers such as Summary, Achievements, Experience, Education and References. Don’t forget to include your contact information at the top.
Use Online Tools
It may have been many years since you have written a resume or you may simply be stuck in what to write. If this is the case, don’t panic. Here is a list of online tools that can help you to create the perfect resume.
State of Writing
If you’re in need of a resume writing guide to help you to create a comprehensive resume, check out State of Writing for guide composed by expert writers.
Can’t think of where or how to start your resume? Log into Australian Help to download or custom design a resume template where you can simply fill in the blanks.
Brushing up your grammar skills? Check out Via Writing for the most up to date grammar guides that are frequently updated every week.
If you’re editing an existing resume or looking for someone to look over the one you’ve just written, upload here to have it checked and edited by an expert writer.
As with any piece of writing, you shouldn’t go on and on when it comes to talking about yourself. Instead, using Easy Word Count to monitor how many words you’re typing in real time.
Writing a thank you letter is a huge part of resume writing that’s commonly overlooked. To stand out from the crowd, use Elite Assignment Help to create custom thank you letters for every job you apply for.
When adding references to your experience section, add them using Cite It In for a professional formatted style and look, ensuring your resume stands out.
Finally, the last thing you’ll want to remember is your references, and this is so important. When writing your resume, it’s essential that you include references and contact information so your future employer can get in contact with any of your past experiences.
Mary Walton is an editor at BigAssignments Nursing. She helps people with resume writing and editing. Also, Mary provides essay help for students and proofreads content at Revieweal.com, website for college students. Mary has also written a guest post for Moogly on Teaching a Child to Crochet.
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Can you provide suggestions of professional jobs in crafting? I would love to work in this arena, but I don't know what's available. Thanks!
Hi Joey! There are so many possibilities! There is blogging of course. 😉 But you could also work for a craft supply company or craft store as a project designer or representative. Within the crochet/knit world (which I know more about), there is tech editing, contract crocheting/knitting, pattern testing, teaching, and of course designing for publishers. And I'm sure there are many more jobs I haven't even thought of!
Wonderful article, Tamara, I'm sure it will encourage many crafters that want to transition their skill from hobby to profession. I want to encourage anyone trying to do this not to give up easily, it is not an easy road. For the most part, you are traveling uncharted territory, so you must be determined to be bold and to even try new things. For example, you can teach children how to crochet, you can offer your services to teach crochet to the residents of senior centers, the possibilities are as wide as the ingenuity of the handmade artisan. The crocheter, for example, will be creating their own model for a handmade business tailored to their own lives, it is quite fluid..