For those looking to enter the exciting and fast growing cannabis industry, the time is now. The medical marijuana industry is the fastest growing business in the country, with many states having passed laws in recent years legalizing the business and many more predicted to soon do the same. So how should you go about finding a job and readying yourself for a career in this emerging industry (Click here to download our free eBook)?
First, you need to do your research. Just as you should with any job search, learn as much as you can about the industry. Join email lists on cannabis industry sites to receive their newsletters, read well regarded books, talk to people in the business and go to local industry functions. Educate yourself on the various opportunities that exist in the dispensaries, cultivation facilities, bakeries and other places related to the industry. Each state is different so make sure you research what jobs are offered where you are located.
Once you have done your research, you should have a better idea of exactly what jobs are most appealing to you. A great way to get a leg up on your competition is to get certified. Starmark1 Ltd. offers Cannabiz BootCamp (MjTraining4U.com) with a variety training courses. Their Dispensary Technician Course & Certification will give you the foundational knowledge you need to enter the industry and make you stand out from your competition.
Armed with your certification and knowledge about the industry, you will be better able to speak the language of the business and can begin to network by attending industry conferences and events, talking to people on the inside and letting each new person you meet know that you are actively seeking a great opportunity in the business. Remember that, with the research you have done and by acquiring your certification, you already are ahead of most people. Essentially, you have made yourself into an extremely attractive candidate which means you can afford to search for opportunities that excite you without much compromise.
While preparing your resume make sure you highlight the things in your work experience that would translate well to your new career. Things like retail experience, sales and customer service would be attractive if you were looking to become a dispensary technician. If you have experience as a cook or chef then transitioning to making cannabis edibles would seem to be a natural fit. The industry is too new for you to be concerned about your lack of direct experience with medical marijuana and, if you have become certified, you have bypassed that as a concern for any employer.
Beyond networking, there are job boards specific to the industry you can search for opportunities. MjStaffing4u.com is an excellent resource for those who have been certified through Cannabiz BootCamp. Sign up on their site so that you can be seen by those that are actively hiring. If you are in an area where dispensaries are open, go inside and talk to them. Find out if they are hiring and what openings they have. Don’t be afraid to ask them to refer you to other places. Remember, you are appealing to an employer and there is every reason to believe you would be a well regarded commodity for any cannabis industry business owner so be confident.
Once you have begun to interview for a position, prepare for each interview. Treat the job with the same professionalism you would any other job. Employers are not likely to be looking for someone who comes across as a typical pothead. These are very serious business owners who have to be careful to hire trustworthy and knowledgeable people to remain compliant with laws and regulations. Dress well, show up on time or early, learn as much as you can about their company ahead of the interview and ask specific questions related to their expectations for the job, their company culture and opportunities for advancement. The questions you ask are reflective of what is important to you about the job and your career so make sure to ask questions that make you look knowledgeable, enthusiastic, professional and ambitious.
Before leaving, make sure to find out the timeline for their decision making process and how best to follow up. It is always a good idea to send a handwritten note thanking them for the interview and reiterating your qualifications for the job and why you would be a great fit. Too few people take the time to do this so, again, you will stand out. By taking the interview process seriously you set an example for employers of how they can expect you to be once they bring you onto their team.
Starting a career in such a fast growing and evolving industry means there is a lot of opportunity. For those who put in the effort, their career could see the same kind of exciting growth.