So you want to find a job in the legal cannabis industry. It’s an exciting prospect, and you’re not alone! Cannabis is a rapidly growing industry and there are many different avenues you can explore during your job search. Working in the cannabis industry does not necessarily mean working in dispensary retail, although that is certainly an option. Let’s explore some tips and tricks for landing the cannabis job of your dreams.
Learn about cannabis laws and industry trends
For starters, you’ll definitely want to be well-versed in all things cannabis. You don’t necessarily need to be an expert, depending on the industry sector you work for, but you will want to have a good understanding of the cannabis plant, federal and local laws and regulations, and major industry trends. industry. For example, if you’re hoping to get a job as a budtender, you’ll want to know the laws and regulations in your area to ensure that you’ll be able to perform your duties without any violations that could put your employer at risk. .
Check out the media like Marijuana Time for the latest cannabis news, as well as nonprofits like Proposed Marijuana Policy (MPP) and the National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform (NORML) for the latest policy and legislative updates at the national and local level.
Frame your skills
After you’ve done your homework on the industry and regulations in your area, think about how you can apply the skills you’re already using in your current position to a job in the cannabis industry. For example, writing or research experience in a different industry is easily transferable to the cannabis industry.
Another example of applying existing skills is using sales experience to find work in B2B sales or retail as a budtender. Explore your skills and experience and look for overlaps in some of the job postings that interest you. Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are up-to-date to reflect your current experience so employers can find you and match you with relevant roles.
Look for the different positions available
There are many more jobs in the cannabis industry besides being a budtender or grower. While these positions are some of the most popular and well-known, there are many that are often overlooked in a job search and deserve some consideration. If you are particularly interested in a lucrative position, check out these high paying jobs in the cannabis industry.
The best way to start your job search is to use your skills, experience and interests to craft a more targeted search. Below are some of the job titles that can currently be found on major job search platforms such as LinkedIn and Indeed. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.
Cannabis sales and marketing jobs
- Account manager
- Marketing Coordinator
- Brand Ambassador
- Writer (apps, blogs, technical writing, copywriting, etc.)
- Social Media Manager
- Content creator
- human resources specialist
- Product reviewer
- Associated with packaging
- Project Manager
- Customer Service Representative
- Graphic designer
- Interior decorator
Cannabis Science and Technology Jobs
- Analytical Chemist
- A lab technician
- Software engineer
- IT support specialist
- Laboratory assistant
Cannabis Law and Finance Jobs
- To advise
- tax partner
- Related to regulations/licensing
- Security agent
- Compliance Coordinator
- Government Relations Associate
Attend local conferences or events
Networking and relationship building are so important in any industry. In the cannabis industry, they are no less vital. We all know the statistic that most jobs are not advertised.
The best way to find jobs that aren’t advertised is to make connections with people in the industry, and what better way to make those connections than by attending big industry conferences like MJBizCon? If these big conferences aren’t quite your thing, look for local networking events in your area. You can also try online networking through professional networking sites like LinkedIn.
Donate your time
If you really want to gain experience that is explicitly relevant to the cannabis industry to spruce up your CV before you start applying, there are ways to do it! The easiest way would be to donate your time to an organization. Consider volunteering with local chapters of large-scale drug policy reform organizations like the National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform (NORML) or the Drug Policy Alliance (ODA). Research advocacy or policy reform groups in your immediate area. These experiences will allow you to become meaningfully involved in cannabis and allow you to network and meet people in the industry who live near you.
Apply, Apply and Keep Applying
This is great advice for anyone just getting started in the job search. Try to commit to filling out at least two job applications a day and be consistent. Job hunting is a long and arduous process, and you will have to get used to rejection, but don’t despair. Practice patience and perseverance and the results are sure to follow. Good luck and happy hunting!
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