The cannabis industry has been a total rollercoaster, historically speaking. But, if you want to enter the industry, now is the perfect time. There is confident consensus that there is going to be an exponential boom in the marijuana industry and the market will only continue growing from here. It’s a good idea to do a little homework if you are thinking of getting your foot in the grow room or dispensary door.
These are a few tips that can help total freshers get a job in the marijuana industry.
1) Enroll in a Cannabis College
Getting a cannabis certificate by enrolling in a cannabis college can help you get your foot in the door of this $15 billion dollar industry easily. There are no current standards of education for marijuana at the federal level. However, it can come in useful in the long run if you are planning on making your career in the cannabis industry.
There is a certification program for all job verticals, regardless of your interests. You can easily find a college that offers certifications in the field of growing, dispensary ownership, legal (regulations) and delivery services. You can also get a certificate for learning the various benefits of marijuana in medical treatment.
2) Have the Right Cannabis Attitude
The first thing any cannabis company will ask you is what you think or feel about cannabis. Consider your attitude before you go into the interview. The way you express your attitude will have a significant impact on whether you get the job or not.
Employers expect applicants to be proponents of cannabis and to support its accessibility legally. However, you don’t need to be a cannabis patient or consumer to work in the industry. It is important that you have a healthy respect for the plant and what it can do.
3) Make Sure You Are Eligible
Don’t fill out applications on whim. Do a little research beforehand. Make sure you are eligible for the job role or field you are currently exploring. Does it need prior experience? Does the job position need any specific qualifications or certifications?
You should also check your state laws to see whether you qualify. For instance, many states don’t allow people with certain past convictions to become an employee within the cannabis industry.
4) Do Mock Interviews
Whether this is your first or fifteenth job interview, make sure you interview yourself. Look for potential questions online relating to the job position you are applying for. There are few open-ended inquiries that are common among all industries, such as “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” or “Tell me about yourself?” Stand in front of the mirror and confront these questions out loud.
5) Focus on Overall Strengths
Everybody is scrambling for a spot in the “new” cannabis industry. Stand out from the crowd by focusing on strengths that go beyond marijuana. An understanding of cannabis and its intricacies can be a vital strength, but so are your interpersonal traits. Highlight your problem-solving skills, eye for design, and other abilities you bring to the table.