More than thirty states have legalized medical or recreational cannabis since 2015 and small businesses are springing up in each one. Companies in this rapidly expanding industry are hiring for a broad range of areas including cultivation, product development, sales and marketing, accounting, logistics, manufacturing, and retail. That’s according to Liesl Bernard, chief executive of the California-based executive search and staffing firm CannabizTeam.“The job opportunities are really endless,” she said.
Bernard said it has been fascinating to see how far the cannabis industry has evolved in just the last two years. Back then, candidates were more likely to need some encouragement to make the seemingly risky career jump she said. “Today it has become the sexy industry to transition into.”
Some companies are turning to specialized executive search and staffing firms like Bernard’s to hire talent. “The cost of hiring the wrong employee is much higher than paying a recruiting fee,” said Bernard, “That usually also comes with a placement guarantee,” so if the person isn’t a good fit, the hiring firm will find another employee for the position.