With so many new marijuana industry jobs being created across the country, it seems as if it would be easy to land one of them, but not necessarily.
While the Marijuana Industry has been making great strides, both medical and retail marijuana remains illegal in 25 states, so millions of people would have to uproot and move to land a marijuana job. In addition, the competition can be fierce. It is not at all uncommon for dozens of applicants to apply for a single marijuana job. In fact today, that is the norm. So how does an individual stand out in the crowd?
Most of the hurdles to getting hired in the Marijuana Industry are exactly the same as those encountered when trying to get hired into any other professional job. Simply put, “Employers want, what you would want, if you were the person doing the hiring.” They look for applicants who can demonstrate:
It can be difficult to show these traits with just your resume and cover letter. It’s often even difficult to show them when you are lucky enough to get an interview. And while your references may prove that you have what the employer is looking for, references won’t do you any good if you can’t get to the final cut of applicants.
How to differentiate yourself through training:
Because the Marijuana Industry is in its infancy, most job candidates will not have direct experience. This leads to the age old conundrum, “No one will hire you because you don’t have experience, so how do you get experience if no one will hire you?” This is made even more difficult in the marijuana industry. For many, the only direct experience an individual may have would be admitting to illegal activity and this should never be mentioned in the placement process. So what’s a person to do?
If you are looking for marijuana industry jobs, and don’t have experience to share, the next best thing is to seek out training.
There are many areas of expertise to consider when searching for marijuana related training opportunities within the industry and across the states. The cost of training is relatively inexpensive, generally between $150 and $500, which is nominal when considered against the value of landing the job.
As a job seeker, it’s a good idea to participate in training before starting the interview process because the training will give you a leg up in several important ways.
There is one more very important advantage to obtaining your training prior to interviewing. It is well known that not all marijuana shops and companies are created equal. If at all possible, you want to land a job with a progressive company that truly values their employees as their number one asset. These are companies that value and seek out well trained and qualified individuals. These companies tend to focus on the big picture (as opposed to short term success). They are less likely to have business and regulatory problems. And, they are quite often simply the better companies to work for within the industry.
Finally, everything you have learned about landing a job outside of the Marijuana Industry applies within the industry:
While it is true that the Marijuana Industry generally has its own uniquely progressive culture, at the end of the day, the people running it are business men and women who are looking for professional talent to help them succeed. If you keep this in mind, it will increase your chances of finding your way into this new and fast growing multi-billion dollar US industry.