Rocky Mountain High

college_weedThe top 10 reasons to attend the next Colorado Marijuana Industry Job Fair

10. When you onboard people, instead of “Hi, how are you?” you can greet them with “How high are you?”

9. It’s easier to source because smoking on the job is encouraged.

8. If candidates have done time, they’re considered managerial material.

7. No need to offer a 401(k) when you can offer a 420(k) plan.

6. The drug test refers to knowing the difference between different grades of marijuana.

5. You can tell your prospective candidates that all your jobs are green jobs.

4. Your diversity recruiting refers to candidates experimenting with other drugs.

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3. You can offer Pothead as a career track: it refers to a leadership position.

2. You can expect that most candidates who planned to attend will show up a day late.

1. They keynoter’s speech is titled “Jobs and how to avoid getting one.”


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Raghav Singh, director of analytics at Korn Ferry Futurestep, has developed and launched multiple software products and held leadership positions at several major recruiting technology vendors. His career has included work as a consultant on enterprise HR systems and as a recruiting and HRIT leader at several Fortune 500 companies. Opinions expressed here are his own.


7 Comments on “Rocky Mountain High

  1. Raghav,

    Thanks for the humor.

    I would add though on a serious note, while the Medical Marijuana industry is risky at moment due to the federal illegality but legal in various states – I’ve read it’s projected to be a $60 Billion dollar industry. At some point, it’ll be branded as an ‘alternative medicinal’ product analogous to OTC products.

    While I’m not a midnight toker, living in CA – I know it helps people medically

  2. Reason 11: They work in an industry where employers rightfully don’t give a damn what you do on your off time or over the weekend, so long as you do your job.

    Reason 12: They work in an industry with so much diversity that dress code and other idiotic corporate ‘standards’ are dropped in favor of concentrating on actual skills.

    Reason 13: You likely won’t hear any corporatese at the event. There will be no ‘vision’ or ‘mission statements’, no one will ‘touch base,’ no one will be ‘on the same page,’ there will be no ‘sense of urgency’ or ‘synergy,’ and since they’re likely all commies, no one will ‘take ownership’ of anything. In other words, people will be speaking English as opposed to bull#$%&.

    Reason 14: You get to deal with candidates with courage and dedication, because despite decriminalization and partial legalization on the state level, feds still kick down their doors and hold them at gun point on a regular basis, and it takes a certain type of person to agree to that as a potential work hazard.

    Reason 15: You get to be a part of a nascent industry involved in the manufacture and distribution of a substance that has been demonized and withheld, and made near impossible to study for almost a century, but which has known medicinal properties of use to some people, and which is practically impossible to overdose on.

    Reason 16: Instead of being surrounded by a bunch of hucksters with beefy red faces trying to get candidates to become “financial consultants,” you get to be surrounded by a bunch of interesting, passionate, niche industry people who are quite a bit less full of $%*#.

  3. Thanks Raghav. Marijuana decriminalization/legalization and same-sex marriage show that significant social changes can occur fairly quickly after a 40 year build up. Significant corporate change seems to be much more incremental- I don’t expect that there’ll be a period of a few years where Fortune 500 CEOs go from being about 92% Anglo men to say, 60%, or that large numbers of companies will implement Northern European-style work policies (Get in, get quickly to work, take a 30 min in-house lunch, go back to work, get it done in 8 hours [OR YOU’RE INEFFICIENT}and GO, and each year take your several weeks of vacation- no on- call checking emails/VMs 24/7/365 or “we want to hire people we can work and play with 100 hours/week”.)


  4. “Thanks Raghav. Marijuana decriminalization/legalization and same-sex marriage show that significant social changes can occur fairly quickly after a 40 year build up”

    I’d say that’s not correct. Significant social changes happen over time, gradually usually but sometimes quickly. It’s only after 40 years of build up and increasing public support that politicians are willing to start backing such changes. Or, in other words, when they’re reasonably sure their jobs will still be secure, then they’ll consider perhaps changing the existing laws.

    As for adopting European style work approaches, not in this millennium, not the US. There’s too much social momentum behind things as they are, and too much for those at the top to lose.

  5. @ Richard: I may have been unclear. I expected changes like these 40 years ago. Not much happened for either of these for the great majority of that time. However, within a short period of time there seems to have been an increased willingness for legislators or courts to do what seemed impossible before. (This seems to have surprised a number of gay-rights activists; maybe the marijuana activists too, for all I know.)) There may be some type of tipping point occurring- who knows?

    As far as the work-force changes: I agree: not now, not soon, probably not ever here in the “Good Ole USA”. I wouldn’t be surprised if things tend to regress on that front and in a few decades we have:
    1) 20-30% of the workforce working FT, well-paid, well-benefitted jobs in return for 60-70 hr/weeks,
    2) Another 30-50% cobbling together some sort of lives with temp jobs, contracts, PT work, and
    3) The remainder NOT DOING MUCH OF ANYTHING (black/grey market, off-the books work, selling piddly stuff, crappy work that has to be done here but nobody wants to pay much for, etc.)
    “Things could get downright cyber-punk on our a**.”

    I REALLY hope I’m wrong on this one…


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