A commonly asked question is “how can I get a job working in a dispensary?” While there is no one size fits all response, the following sheds some light on a few of the qualities we find desirable in a potential team member:
1. Passion for the Plant
Plain and simple, you have to love cannabis! Now, this does not mean you need to be a heavy consumer or a consumer at all. However, you do need to have a very strong curiosity about the plant and the potential it has to help individuals improve their quality of life.
2. Willingness to Learn
A common misconception that in order to work in a dispensary you need to know everything about cannabis. While a strong knowledge base is beneficial, to an extent, it is the desire to continuously gain that knowledge and stay abreast of new information in order to best serve consumers that is of most value.
3. Professional Versatility
Everyday, there are an unlimited number of tasks that need to be completed within a dispensary and only a limited number of team members to complete them. Those individuals who are able to wear a number of different hats are extremely valuable to an organization.
4. Empathetic Listening Skills
There will be consumers who are visiting a dispensary for the first time, especially in a newly legalized market (such as Missouri), who may find the experience a bit overwhelming. It is absolutely key that a team member is able to really focus on what the consumer is saying in order to best help them achieve the most benefit from their
5. Entrepreneurial Spirit
Cannabis is still very much an emerging industry and individuals who are highly motivated self starters will help shape its future. Team members who want to become leaders in the industry are very desirable and we want to provide them with an opportunity to help them make their dreams come true.
While there are many more qualities that could be listed, at the end of the day it comes down to finding good people. Given the relatively low switching costs for team members between companies, finding the right individuals and then treating them with respect, providing them with the right tools to succeed, and empowering them to do what is right can have a material impact on a company’s success.