How To Apply for a Dispensary Job

Jonathan Rose / Jul 28, 2022
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Here's everything you need to know to get that cannabis job you've been dreaming about.

The cannabis industry is growing fast, and new states are launching cannabis programs all the time. Cannabis jobs at retail stores, or dispensaries, typically pay better than most retail gigs, and offer the unusual opportunity of breaking into a brand new industry at the ground floor.

How do you apply for a dispensary job?

It starts by figuring out what you want to do and why you want to do it. Are you familiar with the different positions in a dispensary? The budtender is typically the "face" of the store, but there are other positions too, like inventory lead, general manager, or even security!

And why do you want to do it? Are you enthusiastic about cannabis in general, passionate about its health effects? Are you a fan of certain brands or are you just looking to break into something new? There's no wrong answer — you just need to be ready to answer that question in an interview.

Build a resume

So now you know what you want to do at the dispensary (and why). Time to build a resume. We've put together this handy guide that will help you build the perfect resume for any job at a dispensary, but here are the highlights:

  • Use a template
  • Lead with personal information
  • Highlight your work experience
  • Show off your strengths
  • Know your transferable skills

No matter what type of work experience you have, you're virtually guaranteed to have learned and/or used skills that transfer to the cannabis industry. We call those transferable skills, and have a Vangst Learn resource to show you how to evaluate some of those skills for entry-level positions.

Brush up on your cannabis knowledge

You might think you know everything there is to know about the cannabis plant and the products being sold at your local retail outlet. Maybe you do, but you probably don't. Our understanding of the plant, its composition, and its effects is growing every day. Knowing whether a plant is an indica or sativa is no longer enough. Patients and bosses alike want their budtenders to know about cannabinoids and terpenes, and the way these compounds can affect the impact of a particular strain.

Not only that, but certain extraction methods like creating live rosin and resin are becoming more popular and accessible, potentially changing the face of vaping and edibles forever.

Using resources like Vangst Learn, Leafly, and other cannabis-focused media outlets will keep you up to date on the latest trends so that when you sit down for your interview, you can blow the competition away.

Get credentialed for your state

Every state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to authorizing an individual to work in the cannabis industry. Some make it easier, others harder. Start with the Vangst State Requirements Guide where we break it down for you by state. Then get your credentials so you can land that dream position when you apply for a dispensary job.

Prepare for the cannabis interview

When you do land that interview at your favorite dispensary, you're going to have to answer some questions. Here are some examples from our expert team of recruiters:

  • What types of cannabis are you familiar with?
  • How would you help both a canna curious customer and a veteran connoisseur?
  • What would you do if a customer asked you to make a recommendation to ease back pain but keep them from getting couch-locked?
  • What would you recommend to a customer based off certain symptoms i.e. headache, sore muscles, etc.?
  • What’s the difference between live rosin vs hash rosin?
  • How would you handle an angry customer (upset about the tax, purchasing limit, etc.)
  • Tell me about your experience with cash handling and POS systems.
  • Why do you want to work as a budtender? What skills would you bring to the table?

Know where to find cannabis job openings

Cannabis job openings are posted everywhere — from the back pages of your local alt-weekly to mainstream job sites like Indeed. They're also right here at Vangst! Create an account today and take a look at the many cannabis dispensary jobs we have available.

Know your worth

Cannabis is an emerging industry and pay can vary widely. You want to walk into an interview knowing what your position is worth to that company. In other words: How much will I get paid at a cannabis dispensary? Download our free Salary Guide right now. It will give you exclusive insights into industry pay across the country.

And don't forget that Vangst is your No. 1 best bet for finding the right job for you in the cannabis industry. So figure out exactly what you want, get that resume put together, and join the Vangst network today. Best of luck in your search!

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