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Thought Leader: Quick Queries with Vangst Talent Network's Karson Humiston

Karson Humiston's business evolved serendipitously when she realized she could connect people she knew from the student-focused travel agency Karson Humiston is the founder and CEO of Vangst Talent. Karson Humiston is the founder and CEO of Vangst Talent.

Why more and more experienced workers want a new career in cannabis

Job seekers looking for a way into the cannabis industry share details about their backgrounds, aspirations and how they’re working to stand out from the crowd

World's largest cannabis career fair draws thousands.

What industry recruiters call “the world’s largest cannabis career fair” hit Denver this past weekend, with “thousands” in attendance looking for jobs, according to the event organizers.

Get a job in the marijuana industry at this cannabis job fair in Denver

DENVER -- Looking for a job? A career fair in Denver this weekend promises jobs in a major 'growth' industry.

Job Growth In The Age Of Legalization.

With the marijuana industry booming in Colorado and elsewhere, the sector is squarely in its, uh, growth phase. The question for employers now becomes how best to, well, weed out the best applicants.

That’s where Karson Humiston comes in. The 24-year-old recently landed in Denver from upstate New York, where she started Vangst Talent Network, a staffing company that pairs employers with qualified employees throughout all segments of the marijuana business.

Friends In High Places: The Women Helping You Land A Job In the Weed Industry.

Whether people like it or not, legal cannabis—both medical and recreational—is unarguably on the rise. Colorado is teeming with dispensaries, California is slated to vote in recreational marijuana this fall, and Ohio is about to become the 25th state to legalize medicinal weed. As cannabis permeates US culture and formalizes as an industry, sticking points—both commonplace (How do I find reliable, qualified employees?) and unusual (How do I find reliable qualified employees to work in this highly regulated, often stigmatized industry?)—begin to reveal themselves.

According to Karson Humiston, 'The biggest challenge is probably finding reliable people for the lower-end positions: the budtenders and other people who are working in the actual dispensaries.' (A 'budtender' is like a cannabis barista-slash-sommelier. They work in dispensaries, answering marijuana-specific questions and ringing up purchases in accordance with state law.)

Cannabis Jobs Count: Part 4, How To Find A Job In The Cannabis Industry.

As Leafly recently reported, America’s legal cannabis economy now supports more than 122,000 full-time jobs in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

If you don’t have one, how do you get one?

I put the question to Karson Humiston, founder of Vangst Talent Network, the world’s largest staffing and recruiting agency focused specifically on the cannabis industry.

Couch Potatoes Need Not Apply: Talent Agency Targets Talent Professionals.

Karson Humiston, the founder and president of Vangst Talent Network, has paired roughly 2,000 jobseekers from a wide range of professional backgrounds with high-profile gigs in the cannabis space, but fighting the industry’s persisting stigma can sometimes feel like a full-time job all on its own.

“This notion of a typical stoner sitting on the couch eating potato chips and smoking weed is what a lot of people carry in their minds…when I tell them I run a cannabis talent agency,” Humiston told Civilized.

Cannabis Job Fair In Denver: Eight Companies That Are Hiring.

It's a great time to be an unemployed weed lover in Colorado: One of the nation's largest cannabis career fairs is coming to Denver on Thursday, July 28.

Over fifty companies ranging from dispensaries to labs are hiring for more than 1,000 positions, from entry level to executive. From 2 to 8 p.m. on July 28, representatives from these companies will be recruiting new hires at Mile High Station, 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue. Among those companies...

'Worlds Largest Cannabis Career Fair' Coming To Denver.

A large event, touted as the “World’s Largest Cannabis Career Fair and Expo,” is taking place in Denver this week.

On Thursday, more than 50 cannabis companies will be looking to fill over 1,000 jobs, including bud tenders, dispensary managers to social media associates, according to Vangst Talent Network, the event organizer.

The event isn’t just a place for people to find jobs in the marijuana industry.

The Cannabist Show: She's A Head Hunter For Pot.

• The do’s and don’ts of attending cannabis career fairs (spoiler alert: Don’t get stoned before going).

• Dealing with family members who are skeptical and concerned about marijuana jobs.

• What industry leaders are looking for in prospective employees — from budtenders to CEOs.

'Worlds Larget' Cannabis Career Fair Coming To Denver.

It’s being called the “world’s largest cannabis career fair” and it’s coming to Denver this week.

More than 50 companies will be looking to fill about 1,000 positions at the job fair on Thursday, according to Vangst Talent Network (formerly Gradujuana.)

Marijuana Podcast Discusses Talent Acquisition - How To Get And Keep Employees.

Karson Humiston - Founder, Vangst.

Karson Humiston is the Founder and President of Vangst Talent Network (formerly Gradujuana), the cannabis industry’s premier staffing agency.Vangst connects great cannabis companies with the skilled talent they need. Vangst offers direct hire, contract to hire, and temporary staffing solutions to dispensaries, grow facilities, infused product and ancillary cannabis companies. Vangst presents candidates with their perfect employments opportunities. Based on candidates area of specialty.

Find Your Next Job At The Cannabis Industry's Largest Career Fair Ever.

As the legal cannabis sector continues to grow in Colorado, Vangst formerly Gradujuana, has announced its second Career Fair. Vangst expects to double the size of their first fair, which brought in 2,000 job seekers, 30 recruiting companies and filled over three hundred jobs. The second career fair is scheduled for July 28th 2016 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM at Mile High Station; 2027 Old West Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204.

Platinum sponsor LivWell released this statement: “LivWell Enlightened Health is excited to once again sponsor one of the largest career fairs in the cannabis industry. We’re glad to partner with Vangst Talent Network in search of some of Colorado’s top industry talent! We look forward to seeing everyone there!”