Do you want to work in the growing cannabis industry? Even if you have no direct experience working with cannabis, you can find a cannabis job that matches your skills or requires no experience.
If you want to be ready for your first cannabis job, you need to understand the rules and terminology, network at industry trade shows, and apply regularly. To start your cannabis career off on the right foot, follow these tips.
Consider your work experience, education and skills before applying. Chances are that some of your soft skills and hard skills will align with a position in the cannabis industry. For example, friendliness, knowledge of cannabis products, and previous retail experience can translate into a position as a budtender.
Even if you don’t have any relevant work experience or skills, there are plenty of ways to create your resume and cover letter. Consider volunteering with local advocacy groups or working in a similar position outside of the cannabis industry to earn transferable skills for various cannabis-related careers.
Understand the rules and regulations of the cannabis industry
Cannabis rules and regulations vary by state and municipality. The rules may also vary between the recreational and medical cannabis markets. Understanding your state’s cannabis regulations and restrictions is key to getting hired. Cannabis businesses are looking for talented people who can stay compliant with state and local laws.
Rules and regulations may include tracking requirements, identity checks, and other workplace rules. Although cannabis companies can provide initial training on these rules, it can’t hurt to be prepared. One mistake can cost them their license.
Determine employee eligibility requirements for cannabis-related employment
Depending on where you live, regulations and restrictions regarding cannabis-related employees may vary. For example, there may be age requirements, background checks, work permits, and educational requirements that you must meet before working in the industry.
Local and national trade shows are great places to meet industry leaders and professionals. Having one-on-one conversations with industry business leaders and employees is a great way to network and learn about job openings.
Do your research on the companies participating in the event and choose 15-20 for in-depth research. Trade shows are a great time to ask about open positions and make connections for future job opportunities.
Besides word-of-mouth, job boards are a great source of cannabis-related jobs. Set up a job alert for any positions you are interested in. You can search for jobs by setting up job alerts to be one of the first to apply when your spot becomes available. Job seekers should check Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, and Craigslist for job postings.
Create a Resume and Cover Letter Tailored for Cannabis Jobs
A resume and cover letter can present your previous experience, skills, and education in your own words. Keep them under one page each and check for spelling and grammatical errors. Sending them along with your resume gives you a leg up on the competition.
Although there is no standard certification for the cannabis industry, earning degrees from a reputable training institute can give you the competitive edge you need over other applicants with similar skills and experience.
The Cannabis Training University offers students around the world an online program covering cannabis cultivation, extraction, cooking, laws, careers, business and medicine. Become a cannabis expert in less than 12 months and get the job you deserve.
Give yourself plenty of time to prepare before the interview and think about the topics you’re likely to cover and the ways you might present yourself as the best candidate for the job.
Research as much as possible about the cannabis company and your roles and responsibilities. Plan what you will wear for the interview and your body language. Practice common interview questions in front of a mirror or with a friend.
Prepare a question or two about your potential employer on topics such as the company’s work culture, how advancement opportunities work, and how they like their job. Job interviews are also a great way to determine if you want to work for the company.
The first day can be nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. This will be your first time meeting your new colleagues and the pressure is on to create a great first impression and acclimatize to the company culture.
Here are some tips to prepare for your first day on the job:
Dress codes may vary by company and position. Beginner budtenders and tailors may be dressed casually, while office work may call for more formal attire. You can observe how others dress on the first day and adjust accordingly.
Give yourself at least 15 minutes extra time than planned to account for delays. Morning traffic may make your journey longer than usual. Arriving a few minutes early can give you more time to prepare for your first day.
It’s your new day, so it’s only reasonable that you have a lot of questions. Do not hesitate to ask questions about your role and responsibilities and the best way to communicate with your supervisor. Asking relevant questions shows that you are engaged and excited about your new role.
Make a good first impression by smiling and having a positive attitude. Take the time to introduce yourself to everyone and use the free time to engage in small talk to get to know your team. Making friends can create a team atmosphere and even help you advance in your career.
There are over 300,000 jobs in the cannabis industry. CTU trained me for one!
– Johanna Rose
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Some bosses or employees offer to buy lunch for the new employee. Do not hesitate to accept their offer. Eating together helps you learn more about your co-workers and them about you. It may even become a regular thing, which can help solidify your friendship and your opportunities for advancement.
Body language can give the impression that you are restless, nervous or bored. Try to be engaged with your body, nodding in agreement, sitting or standing up straight, making direct eye contact, and being relaxed.
When you’re done with your first day, thank your supervisor or co-worker for showing you the ropes and let co-workers know you’re leaving.
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