Job Searching in the Cannabis Industry


It's no secret that the cannabis industry is expanding rapidly. As a result, thousands of job opportunities have been created. In fact, the industry is predicted to support 500,000 full-time jobs by 2024!

When you think of jobs in the cannabis industry, you might picture a dispensary budtender or grower. While these are great positions for cannabis lovers, there are opportunities in various other areas of the industry, like security, accounting, or compliance.

Are you interested in dipping your toes into the marijuana scene? Here are a few tips for job searching within the industry!

Do Your Research

There are several different kinds of cannabis business models. The two main categories are:

Plant touching businesses- This includes growers, breeders, manufacturers, dispensaries, etc. These businesses handle raw materials and are required to have state licenses.

• Ancillary businesses- This can include packaging or labeling companies, headshops, or legal services, among other ventures. These businesses provide services that support the industry but do not directly handle products.

Once you've figured out the type of cannabis company you'd like to work for, you can get a better picture of the day-to-day. When researching a potential employer, make sure to consider the work environment, company culture, and geographic location. Most cannabis jobs will be found in states with robust adult-use markets, like California, Colorado, Massachusetts, or Illinois.

Decide on Your Desired Role

Just like any other traditional company, you can get a position in one of the following areas:

• Marketing

• Web/Graphic design

• Copywriting

• Consulting

• Accounting

• Legal

Even if you have little to no experience in cannabis, your current skillset could easily transfer over into an exciting new career in one of these ancillary businesses. Because there are so many up-and-coming cannabis brands, specialized professional services, like those mentioned above, are in high demand.

Network

Since the industry is still relatively new, it's invaluable that you network with seasoned professionals to learn more about the inner workings of the cannabis space.

The best way to meet people in the industry is to attend events, trade shows, and conventions. These events are hosted nationwide and are typically open to the general public with the purchase of a ticket. Major events include NECANN, MJ Unpacked, & Benzinga.

You can also network through online platforms like LinkedIn. While many view LinkedIn as merely a job searching platform, it's also an excellent way to directly contact industry movers and shakers. Reach out to experts working in your desired area and see if they're willing to hop on a call or share some advice!

Online Job Boards

As the industry grows, so does the need for more talent. There are several cannabis staffing agencies that post job listings for various types of businesses. This can include dispensaries, growing facilities, distributors, or consultants.

Some of the top cannabis staffing agencies are Flower Hire, Viridian Staffing, and THC Staffing Group. Frequently checking these websites for openings will better your chances of finding your dream position.

Get Yourself Ready

To get ready for the job hunt, you need to start by updating your resume. Ensure all your information is up to date and triple-check for any spelling or grammatical errors! Giving your resume a facelift dramatically increases your chances of landing a great job.

Next, you need to pay close attention to your cover letter. This is especially true for those who don't have prior experience in the field. It should comprehensively cover your strengths and express your expectations and desires concerning the open position. This is your opportunity to sell yourself!

Education

It wouldn't make sense for you to search for a job in the cannabis industry if you know nothing about cannabis. Consider dedicating a reasonable amount of time to learning more about the plant and the ins and outs of the industry. Luckily, many resources are available online to help you brush up on your knowledge. Checking out our Cannablog is a great start!

Bottom Line

Opportunities in the cannabis industry are certainly out there; you just have to know where to look! Whether you want to be on the plant-touching side or ancillary side, the tips mentioned above are sure to help you become a full-time cannabis professional!

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