The first ‘Juana Career’ Fair provided an opportunity for producers, processors, and labs, as well as a number of non-profits and ancillary firms — more than 15 exhibitors in total — to tap into the deep pool of talent Viridian Staffing has been cultivating in Washington state for years. Exhibitors included such notable industry leaders as Have a Heart, Solstice, Dockside, Evergreen Herbal, New Leaf Enterprises, and Eden Labs, among others.
Based on feedback, the vast majority of exhibitors found the event to be well-organized and professional and the candidates who attended to be more plentiful, experienced and diverse than expected, according to Viridian.All exhibitor respondents rated their experience as highly satisfactory; none reported leaving the event without potential hires, and 90 percent indicated they would definitely participate in the future. All respondents reported identifying prospective candidates for entry-level positions, and a majority claimed to have found solid candidates for their mid-level and specialized openings as well, Viridian reports.
The consensus among respondents was that the event saved their companies approximately two weeks’ worth of recruiting and interviewing, according to Viridian Staffing Chief Talent Officer Kara Bradford.
“It’s one thing to hype an event and fill a room with random people with a general interest in the cannabis industry; it’s quite another to curate a diverse pool of qualified candidates, who aren’t going to waste our exhibitors’ time,” Bradford said. “With well over a decade of professional recruiting experience, we know how to do that.”
In addition to the career fair itself, attendees were treated to a Career Readiness Workshop as well as a special keynote address and panel discussion with leading cannabis industry media personality, Shango Los, former host of the groundbreaking Ganjapreneur podcast and current host of Shaping Fire.
Over 95 percent of attendees rated their experience from good to outstanding and stated that they would recommend it to a friend. A clear majority of respondents indicated they walked away inspired, better informed and hopeful of an interview with a company they met, according to Viridian.