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 rushing to fill a rush of new jobs in the market-an estimated 340,000 of those nationwide by 2020.
Contemplating an occupation change? Take into consideration this: In older, more established businesses, you might have noticed, a lack of industry-specific experience can land your resume in the circular file pretty quickly. Not so in the marijuana trade, a niche growing so fast that “there just aren’t enough people who have direct experience, so we need to bring folks 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 types of talent employers want is evolving. “A shrinking percentage of newly created jobs now need you to deal directly with the [marijuana] plant,” notes Morgan Fox, a spokesman for your 1,500-member trade group National Cannabis Industry Association. “Finance managers, marketing and branding experts, HR professionals-cannabis companies are hiring people with the exact same backgrounds just like any other business.”
So how do you get in on all this growth? Here are four techniques for getting employment within the cannabis industry:
It’s worth speaking with marijuana-industry recruiters. Two which have been round the longest (since 2015 and 2014, respectively) are Vangst and San Francisco-based THC Staffing Group. But bear in mind that, as marijuana legalization spreads, all sorts 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 provide an active employee-referral program,” says Christine Hodgdon, who had been vice president of human resources with a Denver-area oil-and-gas wgmgti before Vangst tapped her a year ago on her current role as HR chief at Native Roots Colorado. “We also hire some walk-ins-those who just enter in to one of our dispensaries and get how you can apply.”
Much more when compared to many other fields, building 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 possible, to at least one of four big cannabis conferences, all springing up soon: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in L . A . in September and then in Boston a month later; the NCIA California Business Expo in Anaheim in October; and also the Marijuana Business Daily‘s trade event in Vegas in November. Can’t get away to go to any one of these? “If you follow specific cannabis companies on social networking, you’ll often find job postings and networking events appearing,” says Christine Hodgdon. “Maybe since these are common young enterprises, they are usually much more active online than many bigger, more established businesses.”