With medical marijuana now legal in well over half of the U.S. and cannabis staffing plan use allowed in 9 states (and counting), cannabis companies are striving to fill a rush of new jobs in the market-an estimated 340,000 of them nationwide by 2020.
Contemplating an occupation change? Think about this: In older, more established businesses, you could have noticed, too little industry-specific experience can land your resume within the circular file pretty quickly. Not so in the marijuana trade, a niche growing so quickly that “there just aren’t enough individuals with direct experience, so we have to bring individuals from the outside,” says Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of cannabis recruiters Vangst in Denver. “We have zero choice.”
Moreover, as the cannabis industry gets bigger, the kinds of talent employers want is beginning to change. “A shrinking percentage of newly created jobs now need you to deal directly with the [marijuana] plant,” notes Morgan Fox, a spokesman for the 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 as any other business.”
How do you be in on all this growth? Listed here are four techniques for getting work inside the cannabis industry:
It’s worth speaking to marijuana-industry recruiters. Two which 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, and that we come with an active employee-referral program,” says Christine Hodgdon, who had been v . p . of human resources at a Denver-area oil-and-gas wgmgti before Vangst tapped her this past year for 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 inquire how to apply.”
Much more compared to most other fields, creating a network of relationships with cannabis industry insiders helps, and the number of local and regional networking events, easily Googled, is proliferating. Beyond that, experts recommend registering, when possible, to one or more of four big cannabis conferences, all springing up soon: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in La 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 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 as these are common young enterprises, they are generally far more active online than many bigger, more established businesses.”