If you’re preparing to launch a professional career in the cannabis industry, there’s no tool more important than a strong resume. Your resume will show potential employers how qualified you are for the position at hand, summarizing your skills, strength, background and experience into a clear and concise page or two. However, when it comes to building an impressive resume, it can be difficult to know where to start.
After completing your training at AAPS, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter careers in cannabis retail, production, testing and medical clinics. Whatever path you choose, compiling a quality resume will boost your candidacy for the position you’re seeking.
Below, discover a few tips for building an eye-catching resume after completing your training. When you follow these steps, your resume is sure to help you launch a successful career.
Make it Easy to Read
When creating a resume after cannabis retail training, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to format it in a way that’s difficult to understand. With the amount of resumes that hiring managers review for a given position, it’s important that yours is scannable, allowing employers to obtain the most possible information about you in just a few minutes. Follow these tips for writing a resume that’s easy to read:
- Follow a template: A template speeds up the process, and ensures that you include the right headings, subheadings and personal information.
- Stay within 1-2 pages – employers won’t read anything beyond that!
- Keep your bullet points concise and short.
Provide a History of Your Experience
Employers will want to know that you have the experience necessary to succeed at their organization. When writing your resume, make sure to include a section that details your work experience. Even if you don’t have any direct experience in the cannabis industry aside from your cannabis online training, you might be surprised to know that you can still include employment outside of the cannabis industry. If you have experience in:
- Sales and customer service
- Regulated industries
- Food production
… and other similar roles, it’s likely that you already possess skills that are transferable to jobs in the cannabis industry. When creating your resume, make sure to include these positions to demonstrate your ability to succeed in the position you’re seeking.
Highlight Your Education and Skills
When you complete a cannabis program with AAPS, you’re building industry-relevant skills and knowledge, which translates to a number of coveted career paths in cannabis. As you create your resume, it’s important to include a section that highlights your training, in addition to the skills you gained from it. Include skills you’ve built, such as:
- Utilization of seed-to-sale tracking software
- Analytical testing of CBD and THC
- Operation of cannabis retail organization
- Knowledge of compliance surrounding medical and recreational cannabis
- Aligning with HACCP standards
- … and more
Tweak Your Resume to Fit the Position
Lastly, one of the most important things to remember when writing your resume is that you should avoid using the same one for every position. Instead, conduct research on the job description and organization you’re appling with, and tailor your resume to include the skills and experience you have that align with the job at hand. When you take the time to tweak your resume to each job you apply for, cannabis employers are more likely to see why you’re a good fit for their organization.
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