WeedHire Launches the $4.20 Job Posting

NEW JERSEY:  Cannabis job board WeedHire.com today announced that effective April 2, 2015 it will be charging $4.20 per 30 day job postings.

“Since we launched WeedHire in May 2014, we’ve chosen to operate at no cost to create awareness and develop our brand,” Weedhire CEO David Bernstein said. “Given the overwhelming national & industry media attention, the WeedHire name is now one of the most recognized brands within the marijuana jobs sector. Revenues enable us to further develop and grow WeedHire in parallel with legal marijuana industry growth,” said Bernstein. 

In addition to the nominal $4.20 fee, the site will also offer other billable features such as a resume database & priority resume posting for job seekers.

A fee-based job board is consistent with other major industry job boards such as Monster.com & Dice.com, which attracts only the most qualified companies to post their jobs.

Q&A With WeedHire CEO David Bernstein

This week popular cannabis industry job board WeedHire.com released it’s Q4 2014 Jobs Report indicating the legalization of marijuana is creating new jobs and inspiring new economic activity. According to the report approximately 10,000 jobs in marijuana already exist in Colorado, and tousands more will be coming in the follow-on states of Washington, Oregon, & Alaska.

While unemployment has dropped dramatically in cities with legal cannabis (according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city of Denver’s unemployment rate was 4.2% through November 2014, down from 6.5% a year ago ), there remain real challenges to the sustainability of this growth.and these statistics demonstrate the industry is still very early in development. The lack of banking support as well as the delays in issuance of licenses and approvals at the state level is likely to also play a role in how fast these organizations can grow.

It is important to note however that industry analysts believe that approximately 10,000 jobs in marijuana already exist in Colorado. Thousands more will be coming in the follow-on states of Washington, Oregon, & Alaska.

MJ News Network had the opportunity to talk to WeedHire CEO David Bernstein about his Q4 Jobs Report, and his predictions for 2015.

Q: How does the cannabis industry jobs report compare to the nation at large?

A: The report extracts data from the website that users post nationwide, and globally.  Due to the vertical nature of the site, it’s about as definitive as you can get about the industry job trends

Q: What jobs within the cannabis industry are growing fastest?

A: 1) Dispensary Jobs, with 90% Growth
, 2) Medical Jobs –  with 70% Growth, 
3) Administrative Jobs – with 65% Growth, 
4) Sales Jobs – with 56% growth.

Q: What jobs will be in the highest demand for 2015?

Top 6 Jobs Functions Most in Demand  
1)  Administrative
,  2 ) Sales
, 3) Dispensaries
, 4) Medical
 5) Marketing, and
 6) Manufacturing/Grow/Edibles/Testing

“WeedHire is fortunate to have a unique seat at the table as legal marijuana evolves,” Bernstein told MJNN. “From our view, we can understand the needs/issues that business owners are working to address from a staffing perspective.  This also provides clarity as to the stages of development for the overall industry and each respective state as well.  For Job seekers we can see the interest levels and the rate of commitment to enter legal marijuana as a legitimate industry.  Weedhire will continue to share this information on an ongoing basis with the general public.”

WeedHire Releases 2014 Q4 Cannabis Jobs Report

NEW JERSEY: The marijuana job market saw unprecedented growth in 2014 with the evolution of recreational businesses in Colorado as well as the continued advancement of investment into business infrastructures for the medically legal states as well as the marketing of ancillary products and services. Consistent with other industries as they evolve, legal marijuana is seeing job growth in areas tied to retail sales, distribution, and back office functions to run their businesses not unlike other emerging industries.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city of Denver’s unemployment rate alone was 4.2% through November 2014, down from 6.5% a year ago.


 

WeedHire.com Data Q3 to Q4 2014

1) Dispensary Jobs – 90% Growth

2) Medical Jobs – 70% Growth

3) Administrative Jobs – 65% Growth

4) Sales Jobs – 56% Growth

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Top 6 Jobs Functions Most in Demand

1) Administrative

2) Sales

3) Dispensaries

4) Medical

5) Marketing

6) Manufacturing/Grow

 


 

These statistics demonstrate the industry is still very early in development. The lack of banking support as well as the delays in issuance of licenses and approvals at the state level is likely to also play a role in how fast these organizations can grow. It is important to note however that industry analysts believe that approximately 10,000 jobs in marijuana already exist in Colorado. Thousands more will be coming in the follow-on states of Washington, Oregon, & Alaska.

Cannabis-related companies are also investing in states such as Illinois and Nevada where legalization efforts will advance thereby creating even more job opportunities.

Cannabis Technology Jobs

Technology is also playing a role in the jobs market for legal cannabis. Vertical software manufacturers are increasing their workforce in the areas of programming for such products as inventory management, testing, and mobile apps development. These organizations are also looking for experienced sales staff to assist in the education and market-share gains for their respective products.

Social media is also playing a significant role in the jobs sector as legal marijuana is considered as much a social movement as a business and healthcare issue.

More Demand than Supply of Jobs

Although the sector is predicted to grow exponentially moving forward; currently the jobs market is seeing a size-able demand for jobs vs. a lower supply. Cannabis Staffing Agencies are seeing an average of 200 job applicants for every 1 job on file.

As expected, the overall trend indicates that there are a larger number of people with no experience or specific skill- set who want jobs in the marijuana industry. Many of these individuals do not have industry experience and are willing to take lower-level jobs in order to break into the sector.

Legal Cannabis Helps Mainstream Jobs Market

The legal marijuana jobs market is also responsible for job increases in complimentary industries as well. One example is the number of dispensaries and grow houses being set up. Contractors for lighting, HVAC, extermination, electrical, as well specialized legal and accounting are all needed to set up these organizations.

Applicants are not what you think

Many cannabis employers are also surprised at the amount of applicants that are in fact non-stoners. Approximately 80 % of applicants state at time of application that they do not use cannabis. Many job-seekers actually see this industry for its future growth potential. Some predict it might be the largest industry in certain states as the industry matures.

Industry analysts also believe the cannabis industry is an excellent opportunity for young people without a college education to escape the clutches of minimum wage.*

Hiring Fundamentals in the Legal Cannabis Industry

Hiring Smart is what WeedHire is all about and the overall consensus among many employers within the sector is no different than any other industry. Although most established companies in the legal cannabis project continued growth, employers are being cautious about when and whom they hire. A higher level of expertise is more sought-after with a specialization in certain areas such as grow of the marijuana plant; these individuals are often called “Master Growers”.

What about Hemp

There are many wildcards to the legal marijuana job sector but one that is not often discussed is the emergence of industrial hemp. Hemp, if manufactured properly can compete with Cotton, Lumber and other associated industries. This could mean the emergence of a significant amount of jobs in production, warehousing and distribution as well as sales and administration. Actual towns that have struggled in recent years which were centered on manufacturing could be resurrected with the emergence of industrial hemp.

Conclusion & Outlook

While some analysts predict as many as 200,000 cannabis jobs to be created in 2015, WeedHire sees a steady increase in job opportunities. The pace of growth in opportunities for employment is dependent on factors such as upcoming elections and individual state commitment to the voter elected medical or reactional programs. Regardless, the legal cannabis sector will push forward and WeedHire is committed to being the gateway for interested job seekers and employer’s to connect and build this industry together.

In November 2014, Oregon and Alaska followed Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana. While the newly elected rights of these residents to grow marijuana at home begin early on, the commercial market and regulatory system will not begin for one to two years. This will impact the speed of growth of jobs in manufacturing. We do anticipate however that ancillary jobs growth will begin to take shape in 2015. The city of Washington DC ‘s measure is still unclear as to how advancements will move forward.

In 2015, specifically in Colorado, we would expect to see increased jobs growth in edibles, product testing, and home-grow products and services. Washington, a state a bit slower to evolve due to continued challenges tied to the supply of the market and tax rates.

Each quarter, WeedHire will share ongoing data and trends in both jobs and career growth to provide insight to employers and employee candidates and help move the industry forward toward full legalization.

*Brookings Institute Research

 

Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) Founder to Provide Valuable Guidance for WeedHire & Cannabis Industry

NEW JERSEY:  WeedHire today announced that it has selected David Rheins as a member of its Cannabis Industry Advisory Board.

David Rheins is founder of the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA). The MJBA a.k.a. “Chamber of Commerce of Cannabis”­ provides intelligence, ethical business practices and networking for participants in the legal marijuana, mmj and hemp industries.

A proven business leader with 25+ years’ experience building and operating best-of-breed media and marketing organizations, Mr. Rheins has an impressive track record in growing new business and revenues for Internet, media, and advertising sales organizations including Rolling Stone, SPIN, iVillage, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online.

“We are privileged to bring Mr. Rheins on board to assist us in navigating the direction of both WeedHire as well as employment within the legal marijuana industry.” Stated David Bernstein CEO of WeedHire. “This partnership makes sense as we share the same ideals as the MJBA which is to establish integrity and legitimacy, create common market standards, provide market intelligence, and develop best ethical business practices for participants in the emerging legal marijuana industry – including commercial hemp, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana for adults. David’s commitment to the betterment of the industry is un-parallel in his work within the MJBA.” Bernstein added.

“The legal cannabis industry is acting as a giant economic engine that will provide thousands of high-paying new jobs for a diverse workforce. It is my honor to join with Weedhire.com to help create the innovative technology and business programs needed to support this emerging marketplace.” Stated David Rheins, Founder & CEO of the MJBA.

WeedHire.com was launched in May 2014 as the premier marijuana jobs site for the legal cannabis industry

Weedhire.Com Sponsors MJBA Job Fair Seattle Saturday, September 27th

WASHINGTON: WeedHire, a premier jobs site for the legal marijuana industry, and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), the cannabis industry chamber of commerce, are inviting legal cannabis job seekers to join dozens of employers as the first crop of Washington’s legal cannabis businesses go to market at “Job Fair Seattle,

Sponsors at the historic industry event will include many of Washington State’s top employers who are actively seeking to fill immediate openings in the fast-growing recreational marijuana, medical cannabis and industrial hemp industries, including Viridian Sciences, Eden Labs, CIPS, Blue Line Protection, Evergreen Herbal and Ms. Mary Staffing.

“Washington’s legal cannabis industry is ramping up quickly, and the demand for qualified talent for a wide range of high paying jobs is real. Employers are looking for budtenders, trimmers, salespersons, accountants, bookkeepers, security guards, photographers, writers, designers, developers to name but a few,” said MJBA CEO David Rheins.

Added Weedhire CEO David Bernstein in a YouTube video, “Bring your resume to the MJBA Job Fair this Saturday in Bellevue, WA — sign up for a free Weedhire.com profile or better yet share our short video with friends.”

Cannabis Employers Seek Workers Of Weed At Seattle Job Fair Sat, Sept 27th

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of job seekers will join dozens of employers as the first crop of Washington’s legal cannabis businesses go to market at “Job Fair Seattle,” presented by the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) and cannabis industry job board Weedhire.com.

“More than 70% of Washington’s legal marijuana businesses are planning to hire, according to our MJ Research report,” said David Rheins, MJBA CEO and founder.  “The new industry is predicted to create more than 35,000 new high paying jobs in the next year — agricultural jobs, retail jobs, warehousing and transportation jobs, sales jobs, security, legal, accounting and technology.  The Green Rush is expected to reinvigorate communities around the state.”

Vendors at the industry event will include many of Washington State’s top employers who are actively seeking to fill immediate openings in the fast-growing recreational  marijuana, medical cannabis and industrial hemp industries.

“Bring your resume — or better yet, sign up for a free Weedhire.com profile —  and come for a full day of job hunting tools, tips. training, and  face-to-face time with employers seeking to fill immediate openings,” said David Bernstein, CEO of Weedhire.com

“We are very excited to be a Founding Corporate Member of the MJBA and to work with the “chamber of commerce of cannabis” to sponsors these events as an onramp for anyone interested in working in the legal marijuana industry,”  Bernstein said.

When: September 27th, 2014

Where: Red Lion Hotel, 11211 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

Who Should Attend: Cannabis Industry Employers, Recruiters, and Job Seekers

Advanced Admission: $20; $25 Day of Show

HIGH PAYING JOBS in WASHINGTON’S LEGAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY. GREEN RUSH starts here