5 Resume Writing Tips for Cannabis Industry Newbies

It’s almost the New Year and the end of another bank-breaking holiday season. Rather than stressing about all the green you spent, how about focusing on adding more green to your wallet instead? At Canna Jobs, a marijuana industry job and search platform, there is a cannabis career waiting for you, but first, you need to conquer the dreaded task of putting together your resume. Here are 5 tips to writing a resume that will help you grab the attention of cannabis-industry employers.

#1 – Make sure your email address is professional.

When it comes to including your contact information, make sure it’s correct and professional. If your email is something like [email protected], don’t plan on getting that gig you wanted. Gmail and Yahoo both offer free email accounts. Set up one specifically for your resumes with an email using your name (EXAMPLE: [email protected] or [email protected]). For your contact phone number, double check and make sure the numbers are correct.

#2 – Define and describe your expertise and skills.

Creating an in-depth “skills” section on a resume is usually where most people tend to undervalue themselves. Do you have any experience tending to cannabis? What kinds of skills do you possess in regards to customer service, accountability, horticulture, or business management? Use words like “punctual”, “detail-oriented”, “team player”, “guides”, “motivates”, and “oversees”. Avoid words like “tries”, “upon request”, “objectives”, or “loves”. Not many people have much experience in the legalized cannabis industry, but that’s okay. Accentuate your former job responsibilities that could pertain to what you are applying for.

#3 – Create a compelling cover letter.

Next major step in applying for a legalized marijuana job is crafting a compelling cover letter. This is extremely helpful if your cannabis background is lacking. Use phrases such as “I’m a professional” or “I would be a valuable addition to your team.” Don’t be afraid to boast about your accomplishments, recognitions or awards. Employers like go-getters and those with positive attitudes. Avoid using slang terms and keep in mind, employers are looking for someone who isn’t just obsessed with cannabis and smoke all day long. Describe your appreciation for marijuana and why you would be right for the job.

#4 – Make it look good, but keep it simple.

Keep your resume simple and avoid being too wordy. Too much detail can overwhelm your reader. In fact, it’s best to keep your resume at one or two pages. If the employer wants to know more, then there’s a good chance they’ll request an interview. You want your resume to look good, but remember, a pretty, pink cover letter and resume might not be taken seriously. Adding pictures isn’t a bad thing either, as long as it is of business affairs. Adding graphs showing how you contributed to a company’s growth or efficiency could earn you some serious brownie points. Being creative with your resume is okay; just keep it minimal so it doesn’t overshadow your accomplishments.

#5 – Knowledge is power.

Whether you are an industry veteran or just stepping into the game, knowledge is important. If you’re seeking a budtender position, employers will want proof that you have customer service skills. Basic knowledge, such as knowing the difference between Indica vs sativa, will be required, but more advanced knowledge, such as strain recommendations for specific ailments will always be preferred. If your dream is to be a master cultivator, there are multiple resources that are free to help you get the knowledge you need. You can even get information on starting your own medical marijuana business. Check out the  “7 Steps for Starting a Legal Marijuana Business” Webinar, hosted by industry-veteran Jamie Goswick of Canna Media Works. Jamie provides a step-by-step strategy on how to navigate through the challenges of building a legal marijuana business in a regulated market.

Before submitting your resume, check and recheck for any spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Read your cover letter and resume out loud to yourself and then give it to one or two others to look over. Once you obtain the interview, don’t forget to dress for success!


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