Resume Writing Tips for the Cannabis Industry

Tips to Help You Get Started in the Marijuana/Cannabis Business

                                                     


   As a cannabis staffing agency, we've seen thousands of resumes, some excellent and some not so good. In this blog, we'll cover the good and bad of writing a hemp resume for the cannabis job of your dreams.
                                                 
  • Tip #1: FILL OUT YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND USE CLEAR KEYWORDS
    Be sure to fill out your work experience in chronological order, so the most recent position reads first. You don't need to list every job you've ever had, but list three or four jobs, and only the ones that you've worked the longest/gained the most experience.  
    Our hiring professionals love to see keywords that pertain to the job you're applying to. For example, work experience as a Plumber with the description, "Handyman skills with a desire to always get the job done," is so much better than, "Just did plumbing around the house with my dad." While we love that you spend time with your dad, it doesn't tell us anything relevant.
    You don't need to have marijuana-related experience to get hired at Hemp Temps, but if you have any, be sure to include it on your resume. If you don't have any experience, you can write about your passion for weed in your cover letter. Love to garden and want to use those skills for cannabis use? Put that in your cover letter.
 
  • Tip #2: USE A PROFESSIONAL E-MAIL
    Always check the e-mail you're using to apply. An e-mail with your first and last name or some rendition will show us you're professional. Whereas an e-mail like nof*cksgiven@gmail.com will show us a lack of motivation.
 
  • Tip #3: MAKE A LIST OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS YOU'VE GAINED
    Getting a job in the marijuana industry is similar to any major industry when it comes to skillset. We like to see professional skills that make you stand out. Some skills that are not professional: Beer Pong, Talking, and Listening. Instead of Talking and Listening, try Excellent Communicator. Instead of Beer Pong try Great Hand/Eye Coordination. 
    List the most important skills that you've gained via work experience or school. Don't put every single skill you think you possess. Only write the ones that highlight your ability to do the job.
 
  • Tip #4: KEEP IT SHORT
    Our hiring professionals don't have time to read a 3-page resume. Try to keep it down to the point. Job descriptions should be one to four sentences or bullet points explaining what you did and how you got the job done. You don't need to put how often you smoke pot, any non-relevant achievements, or criminal history. 
 
  • Tip #5: IF YOU HAVE GOVERNMENT CREDENTIALS (like a MED Badge for Colorado), PUT IT ON YOUR RESUME
    Obtaining government credentials is crucial for landing a cannabis job in some states. In Colorado, anyone working in a legal grow or dispensary need to have and wear at all times during work, a MED Support or Key Badge. We cannot hire you in Colorado without it, so it's always good to see it on a resume. Oklahomans don't need these types of credentials, but those working in the legal medical cannabis industry there do need to undergo a background check.
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