With medical marijuana now legal in well over 50 % of the U.S. and cannabis staffing plan 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 them nationwide by 2020.
Contemplating a career change? Think about this: In older, more established businesses, you might have noticed, too little industry-specific experience can land your resume in the circular file pretty quickly. Not so inside the marijuana trade, a business growing so quickly that “there just aren’t enough people who have direct experience, so we have to bring individuals from outside,” says Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of cannabis recruiters Vangst in Denver. “We do not have choice.”
Moreover, because the cannabis industry gets bigger, the kinds of talent employers want is changing. “A shrinking portion of newly created jobs now need 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 the exact same backgrounds just like any other business.”
How do you get in on all this growth? Listed below are four ways to get a job 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. 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, and that we have an active employee-referral program,” says Christine Hodgdon, who was vice president of human resources with a Denver-area oil-and-gas wgmgti before Vangst tapped her last year on her behalf current role as HR chief at Native Roots Colorado. “We also hire some walk-ins-people who just enter in to one of our dispensaries and ask the best way to apply.”
Much more when compared to 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 signing up, if possible, to at least one of four big cannabis conferences, all springing up soon: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in La in September and in Boston per month 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 to any of these? “If you follow specific cannabis companies on social networking, you’ll often find job postings and networking events popping up,” says Christine Hodgdon. “Maybe because these are young enterprises, they are usually much more active online than many bigger, more established businesses.”