Want to land a job in the cannabis industry? The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. This rapid growth is creating countless job opportunities. Whether you’re interested in working as a budtender or business owner, here’s how you can find a cannabis job.
1. Begin with a self-assessment
A self-assessment should be your first step. If you’re committed to working in the cannabis industry, you need to assess where your skills/talents may be best used. There are numerous opportunities in the industry. Chances are, you already possess relevant skill sets.
Cannabis businesses, like any business, have a need for many different types of expertise. The better you know yourself, the more likely you’re going to find a cannabis job that is right for you.
2. Expand your knowledge of cannabis
The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving and knowledge is power in this industry. Having a thorough understanding of cannabis will put you one step ahead of the game. Even if you’ve been smoking for thirty years, there is always something new to learn.
3. Refresh and cater your resume
Want to increase your chances of finding employment in the cannabis industry? Showcase your talents and put your best foot forward with a targeted resume. While not all cannabis companies will require a resume, many will.
Polish your resume so that it is as close match to the job as possible. Avoid sending out a generic resume to numerous cannabis businesses. Instead, cater your resume to the specific position you are seeking. By doing this, not only will you stand out from the pack, you’re also more likely to land the position.
4. Volunteer with advocacy groups
The cannabis industry is an industry created through activism. The pioneers of this industry put their lives on the line for this plant. The legal industry we have today is thanks to the hard work of these activists.
Volunteering with cannabis advocacy groups shows potential employers you’re passionate and dedicated to this movement. It also builds trust. There are numerous advocacy groups to get involved with. Make a difference by spreading cannabis education and breaking the stigma.
5. Use a cannabis staffing agency
There are numerous staffing agencies that cater solely to connecting cannabis employers with candidates. Viridian Staffing, HempStaff, and Ms. Mary Staffing are just a few of the agencies in the industry.
Working with a staffing company can help you find your place. While many job opportunities can be found online, staffing agencies work directly with employers. This can be particularly helpful if you possess specific skill sets that are in demand for the industry such as cultivation, business development, and computer programming.
6. Search cannabis job boards
Did you know there are job boards you can search to find positions in the cannabis industry? These sites are helpful for finding specific opportunities. For example, you can search by keyword, location, and job type.
THCJobs, 420 Careers, and Weed Hire are all good starting points. While you may notice duplicate postings across sites, they do have their differences. Search multiple sites to find the most job opportunities. Be sure to check back frequently as new jobs are added daily.
7. Attend cannabis events
Networking is key to successfully working in the cannabis industry. While having an online presence can help, nothing beats a personal connection. Like other industries, it’s not what you know but who you know. Attending cannabis events are fantastic opportunities to network.
Events are also a great way to get a better feel of what type of companies you may want to work for. There are a lot of different cannabis companies out there. Get to know them to see where you may best fit.
8. Pitch cannabis companies directly
Already have in mind a cannabis business you would love to work for? Contact them. Take initiative and find out if they currently have any job openings. At the very least, get on their radar. You never know what a cannabis business may need.
If you want to land a job in this industry, you need to be bold. Even if a company isn’t currently accepting applicants they could be in a month or two. Make a list of companies you would like to work for and consider how your skill sets could fuel their growth.
9. Leverage social media outlets
Social media is a global network. Almost every cannabis business in this industry has at least one social media profile. Update your social media handles to get your name out there and make contacts. Sites such as LinkedIn and Kalogia are a great starting point because they are catered towards professional networking rather than just social sharing.
However, keep in mind that Twitter and Instagram can also be useful for your job search. Just remember to put your best foot forward. Avoid including anything that may lead an employer to think twice before hiring.
10. Get involved with the cannabis community
Above all, be involved in the community. Immersing yourself in cannabis culture is one of the most important things you can do to find your place in this industry. Get to know the faces behind the companies. You may even make some friends for life.
Many job opportunities in the cannabis industry are from word of mouth and personal contact. Expose yourself to the culture and people – it may just change your life.
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