We get folks stopping into the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Education Center daily asking how they can find a job in the marijuana industry. There is no one right answer or a sure-fire way to find employment with a marijuana business but it is not as hard as one might believe.
The first thing we want people to know is that you don’t need to have a deep knowledge base on all things marijuana to land a job. That can be taught and learned over time. Passion, dedication, reliability, trustworthiness and compassion are far more important characteristics the industry is looking for.
Finding a job in the marijuana industry is a lot like finding any other type of job. First, determine what you want to do for a living. Next, use every resource available to make your dream become a reality. Finally, keep hustling and educating yourself.
Below are a few ideas to get you on your way to becoming a veteran of the marijuana industry.
· Put yourself out there. Network, volunteer, do research on companies you want to work for, cold email folks you would like to speak to. Somebody you meet today might have a job for you in a month, a year or a decade.
· Transferable skills matter. If you’re a great marketer, the cannabis industry needs you. Accounting wiz? Ditto. Doing what you’re already good at is easier than starting from scratch.
· You don’t need to be a patient to work in the industry, but it can lend credibility depending on the type of work being sought.
· Check normal job posting sites. LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed etc. are not shying away from listing jobs in the cannabis industry.
Emmett H.W. Nelson used to be a loaf of bread; now he's a thoroughbred. In addition to his love of all things marijuana, he shares similar affinities towards Chicago Cubs baseball, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, quality tattoos and the film Pootie Tang.