With medical marijuana now legal in more than half of the U.S. and cannabis staffing plan use allowed in 9 states (and counting), cannabis companies are scrambling to fill a rush of new jobs in the industry-approximately 340,000 of those nationwide by 2020.
Contemplating a career change? Take into consideration this: In older, more established businesses, you might have noticed, an absence of industry-specific experience can land your resume in the circular file pretty quickly. Not so in the marijuana trade, a business growing so quickly that “there just aren’t enough people who have direct experience, so we need to bring people in from outside,” says Karson Humiston, founder and CEO of cannabis recruiters Vangst in Denver. “We do not have choice.”
Moreover, since the cannabis industry gets bigger, the kinds of talent employers want is evolving. “A shrinking portion of newly created jobs now need you to deal directly with all 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 similar backgrounds as any other business.”
So how do you get into on all of this growth? Listed below are four methods for getting employment inside the cannabis industry:
It’s worth talking to marijuana-industry recruiters. Two which have been round the longest (since 2015 and 2014, respectively) are Vangst and San Francisco-based THC Staffing Group. However that, as marijuana legalization spreads, all kinds of job boards along with 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 vice president of human resources at a Denver-area oil-and-gas wgmgti before Vangst tapped her last year for her current role as HR chief at Native Roots Colorado. “We also hire some walk-ins-people who just enter into one of our dispensaries and get how you can apply.”
Much more when compared to most other fields, constructing 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 registering, if at all possible, to at least one of four big cannabis conferences, all coming up soon: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in La in September as well as in Boston monthly later; the NCIA California Business Expo in Anaheim in October; as well as the Marijuana Business Daily‘s trade exhibition in Las Vegas in November. Can’t get away to go to any one of these? “If you follow specific cannabis companies on social media, you’ll often find job postings and networking events showing up,” says Christine Hodgdon. “Maybe because these are young enterprises, they are usually much more active online than many bigger, more established businesses.”