With medical marijuana now legal in well over half of the U.S. and cannabis staffing procedures use allowed in nine states (and counting), cannabis companies are striving to fill a rush of new jobs in the industry-approximately 340,000 of these nationwide by 2020.
Contemplating a career change? Take into consideration this: In older, more established businesses, you could have noticed, a lack of industry-specific experience can land your resume within the circular file pretty quickly. Not inside the marijuana trade, a niche growing so quick that “there just aren’t enough people who have direct experience, so we have to bring people in externally,” says Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of cannabis recruiters Vangst in Denver. “We have zero choice.”
Moreover, since the cannabis industry gets bigger, the kinds of talent employers want is beginning to change. “A shrinking portion of newly created jobs now require you to deal directly with all the [marijuana] plant,” notes Morgan Fox, a spokesman for that 1,500-member trade group National Cannabis Industry Association. “Finance managers, marketing and branding experts, HR professionals-cannabis companies are hiring people with similar backgrounds just like any other business.”
So how do you be in on all this growth? Listed here are four techniques for getting a job in the cannabis industry:
It’s worth talking to marijuana-industry recruiters. Two that have been across the longest (since 2015 and 2014, respectively) are Vangst and San Francisco-based THC Staffing Group. Having said that that, as marijuana legalization spreads, all kinds of job boards as well as other help-wanted venues now post cannabis companies’ job openings, too. “We do post on job boards, so we have an active employee-referral program,” says Christine Hodgdon, who was vice president of human resources at a Denver-area oil-and-gas wgmgti before Vangst tapped her this past year on her current role as HR chief at Native Roots Colorado. “We also hire some walk-ins-those who just come into one of our dispensaries and ask the best way to apply.”
A lot more than in the majority of fields, creating a network of relationships with cannabis industry insiders helps, and the quantity of local and regional networking events, easily Googled, is proliferating. Beyond that, experts recommend registering, if at all possible, to one or more of four big cannabis conferences, all coming soon: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in Los Angeles in September as well as in Boston monthly later; the NCIA California Business Expo in Anaheim in October; and the Marijuana Business Daily‘s trade exhibition in Vegas in November. Can’t break free to go any of these? “If you follow specific cannabis companies on social networking, you’ll often find job postings and networking events showing up,” says Christine Hodgdon. “Maybe since these are young enterprises, they are generally a lot more active online than many bigger, more established businesses.”