How to Get Hired as a Delivery Driver in the Cannabis Industry
As more and more states legalize and regulate cannabis for recreational use, the demand for delivery drivers in the cannabis sector continues to grow (pun intended). Contrary to what some believe, the cannabis industry isn’t run by stoners but rather is a highly regulated service industry with revenue forecasts set to continue trending upwards through the 2020s and beyond. In fact, the cannabis industry is expected to reach an annual revenue of 130 billion dollars by 2024, and that’s just in the United States, so there’s a lot of money to be made, and right now is the perfect time to get started.
If you’re looking to break into the industry, then a job as a delivery driver in the cannabis sector can be a great way to get your foot in the door, but jobs offering good wages and other benefits are in demand, and the competition is steep. So, if you want to give yourself the best chance of getting hired as a cannabis delivery driver, then keep reading to learn how you can make yourself stand out from the pack and land a great job.
1. Conduct yourself like a professional
Like any other industry, many people are vying for the best jobs with the top companies in the cannabis space. When applying for any job, you must make a good impression on your prospective employer, but in the cannabis industry, it’s even more important to start off on the right foot. Cannabis is big business, and the top companies are looking for the best people to join their teams. Although you’re free to dress and act however you want, it should go without saying that you don’t want to make a bad impression by being high or talking about your own personal cannabis consumption with the employer; that is, unless they ask. Be polite, dress for success, and only discuss things relevant to the position you’re applying for, which is driving. By conducting yourself like a professional, you’ll stand out for all of the right reasons.
2. Familiarize yourself with the cannabis industry
Although you should stick to talking about your driving experience and why you would be a great fit as a driver, it’s still helpful to have a broad knowledge of the cannabis industry as a whole. After you’ve been hired, you will be able to gain new opportunities for advancement by letting your boss know that you are familiar with and interested in other areas of the industry. By starting out as a driver, you’ll be learning the industry from the ground up, which will benefit you in a big way down the road (no pun intended).
3. Demonstrate that you have a clean driving record
Cannabis companies are swamped with applicants. If you want to make sure that your application gets noticed, then it’s crucial that you emphasize the right things in your initial interactions with the employer. You’d be surprised by how many people submit cover letters saying things like, “I’ve been driving high for years.” Needless to say, those resumes don’t even get opened; they go straight into the trash bin. You should never operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any mind-altering substance, even cannabis. Safety is the most important element of the business of driving, and so you need to let the employer know that you have a clean driving record; stress this point emphatically. You need to make the employer know that they can trust you to obey the rules of the road and drive safely at all times while on the job. “They don’t have to worry.” They can trust you as their cannabis delivery driver.
4. Emphasize that you know the delivery area well
Another important thing to let your employer know is that you are familiar with the delivery area. Now, you may be thinking, “but I have GPS…” that’s great, and having GPS is definitely necessary if you want to be successful as a driver in any industry, but GPS isn’t perfect and knowing an area personally is often what separates good drivers from great drivers. Tell the employer that you grew up in the area and know it very well, or that you’ve been living there for X number of years, and so you know all of the different neighborhoods. If you don’t know the area well, just do some research beforehand so that you can politely brag about your vast knowledge of the local area. Your employer will be impressed, and you’ll definitely improve your chance of getting the job.
The cannabis industry is still in its infancy in the U.S., so right now is ground zero for what will be a multi-hundred billion dollar a year industry over the coming decades. So, if you want to get a good job as a delivery driver in the cannabis industry, then don’t just send out a bunch of resumes and hope for the best. You need to plan for success. Make sure that you conduct yourself professionally, familiarize yourself with the cannabis industry, demonstrate that you have a good driving record, and emphasize that you know the local area well; do these things, and you’ll give yourself the best chances of getting hired as a cannabis delivery driver.
Tomorrow somebody will start their career in the cannabis industry, and they will have massive, life-changing success. Be that person today.