What My Etsy Shop Taught Me About Recruiting

Nicole Johnson —  November 16, 2017 — Leave a comment

You’ll rarely catch me without yarn in my backpack, purse, or pocket. I’ve been crocheting on and off for over 15 years. It calms me, helps me focus, and it’s fun! For a long time, friends and family encouraged me to open my own shop, so I finally took the plunge in late January earlier this year.

When Cozy Corner Crafters was born (I’m a fan of alliterations) I thought “Ok, I can just put a listing out there, and the right person will buy it.” So I typed up a short paragraph, added some photos and waited. And waited. And waited. After a few weeks I thought “Why isn’t this item selling?” I went back to the drawing board, and started reading articles about improving listings. I started to notice that other shops selling similar items had much better images, bonuses for buying, details about their shop story, and more – all of which I had failed to do.

I started to realize that I jumped into opening this listing without much research and development. I had no story up, no shop policies, or why someone should buy from my shop versus a competitor.

As I’ve learned in my time at NewHire thus far, a crocheted bag listing is the same as a job advertisement. You can’t just write a paragraph about needing someone to fill a role at your company, put it online and expect people to apply. You have to develop your ad and decide who your ideal candidate is. There needs to be detailed information about what your company does and how a candidate would fit into the role. Most importantly, figuring out what sets you apart from your competition. Whether you are environmentally friendly, award winning, or everything you make is fully handmade like my shop, this is important to drawing in the right person.


At Cozy Corner Crafters, I believe that “Every handcrafted item made with love and care will be someone else’s treasured flair.” Just as it matters to me that I sell an item, it matters to me that it went to someone who appreciates my workmanship and shop. Similarly, at NewHire, we believe “Every Job Deserves The Right Person.” We achieve this by ensuring that your job advertisement, just like my Etsy listings, are setup to succeed and draw the right candidates.

After researching and improving my listings, I’ve had a lot more sales. It of course depends on the market at the time how well an item will draw. The same goes for getting candidates to apply to your job ad, but the more improved your ad, the better chance you have at recruiting the best candidate for your open role.

Here are a few tips for improving your job advertisement:

  • List compensation information – ask yourself if you are in line with competitors
  • Add your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) – what sets you apart from competition?
  • Tell candidates about your company – what do you do?
  • Details about the role – how does a candidate fit into your company?
  • Qualifications and requirements – what do you need from the candidate, are these realistic for the market?
  • Questionnaire – make it easy to fill out, one page, minimal memo style questions

Ask NewHire experts on how to get your job ad to tip top shape so you can hire better, faster and smarter!

Nicole Johnson


Nicole is the Advertising Coordinator for NewHire. She will get your advertising up and running in no time! Originally from Arizona, Nicole is a new Chicagoan adjusting to life in the city. Nicole loves to get crafty – from crochet to baking – she’s your go-to for all things handmade.

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