As the cannabis industry continues to grow and mature, there will be an increase in the availability of the necessary skills in the labor market. There are already more trimmers, budtenders, and growers now who have worked in the legal marijuana industry for one or more companies. As more time passes, recruiting someone with the necessary skill sets and experience will continue to become even easier.
Just because there are plenty of people with the skills you need to fill a position doesn’t mean you will easily find the right person to help grow your business. There is a clear difference between hiring a qualified person and hiring the right person. A qualified person will have the knowledge and expertise you are looking for, but the right person will be qualified and also align with your organizational values and culture, work environment, and leadership styles.
Every business owner has had the experience of hiring a candidate who looks perfect on paper, only to realize he or she is not a good fit. It is likely that at a different place, under different conditions, he or she would be a very successful employee, but just not with your organization.
So the question becomes, how do I know whether someone will be a good fit for my organization?
The answer goes back to company values and defining what you want your culture to be. Once that has been clearly define, allow it to drive all aspects of your business. Without an explicit culture you will not be able to recognize the right person.
Once you’ve defined your company culture and know what the right person looks like, you can start screening for that in your hiring process. There are several inexpensive Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) available to help you customize your application process and filter applicants based on answers to specific questions. A system like this is beneficial in finding and identifying the right candidate for your cannabis business, while also saving you the time of screening more applicants than necessary.
This article is sponsored by Green Mountain Solutions, the provider of Learning and Knowledge Management Software for the cannabis industry.