With medical marijuana now legal in well over 50 % of the U.S. and marijuana staffing plan use allowed in nine states (and counting), cannabis companies are striving to fill a rush of new jobs in the business-an estimated 340,000 of those nationwide by 2020.
Contemplating a profession change? Consider this: In older, more established businesses, you could have noticed, an absence of industry-specific experience can land your resume inside the circular file pretty quickly. Not too inside the marijuana trade, a niche growing so fast that “there just aren’t enough individuals with direct experience, so we need to bring people in externally,” says Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of cannabis recruiters Vangst in Denver. “We have no choice.”
Moreover, because the cannabis industry gets bigger, the kinds of talent employers want is beginning to change. “A shrinking amount of newly created jobs now require that you 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 similar backgrounds as any other business.”
So how do you get in on all of this growth? Listed here are four techniques for getting employment inside the cannabis industry:
It’s worth speaking to marijuana-industry recruiters. Two that have been around the longest (since 2015 and 2014, respectively) are Vangst and San Francisco-based THC Staffing Group. However that, as marijuana legalization spreads, all sorts of job boards along with other help-wanted venues now post cannabis companies’ job openings, too. “We do post on job boards, and we come with an active employee-referral program,” says Christine Hodgdon, who had been vice president of human resources at a Denver-area oil-and-gas wgmgti before Vangst tapped her last year on her current role as HR chief at Native Roots Colorado. “We also hire some walk-ins-those who just enter into one of our dispensaries and ask the best way to apply.”
A lot more when compared to most other fields, creating a network of relationships with cannabis industry insiders helps, and the amount of local and regional networking events, easily Googled, is proliferating. Beyond that, experts recommend signing up, if at all possible, to a minumum of one of four big cannabis conferences, all coming soon: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in Los Angeles in September and in Boston a month later; the NCIA California Business Expo in Anaheim in October; and also the Marijuana Business Daily‘s trade show in Las Vegas in November. Can’t break free to go 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 all young enterprises, they are usually a lot more active online than many bigger, more established businesses.”