Cannabis Careers Series: Spotlighting Transferable Skills

Written By: Veronica Castillo

In this week’s series, Cannabis job resumes, and cover letters are the focus. Cannabis is a booming new industry and well- it being essential and by all means- GROWTH. There are many aspiring Cannabis employees waiting for legalization in their state. There are many already in a legal state and just waiting for the right time. Whatever the case- I want to focus this piece on transferrable skills.

Transferable Skills and Interpersonal Skills

Transferable skills are a set of skills that can be used in multiple roles/positions. These skills are general and can be used in blue-collar, white-collar, and life in general. Transferable skills are valued by many organizations because they can be used and applied cross-functionally/ all over the company.

  • Problem solver– critical thinker, able to excel at strategy.
  • Leadership– take charge and motivate other employees.
  • Time Management– organized with good prioritization and that means you are productive.
  • Self- Motivated- self-starter and can work with minimal supervision.

It’s important to keep in mind that interpersonal skills are important as well. Interpersonal skills are like, the core of transferable skills. A few examples:

  • Cross-functional Collaboration– the ability to collaborate with multiple departments on matters that include the full organization.
  • Personal Development– the ability to take ownership of your growth and development.
  • Adaptability– Ability to learn quickly and adapt to change.
  • Relationship Building/ Management– the ability to network and nurture relationships.


For those with zero to little work experience, you may be wondering “how can I develop these without working”? Well, let’s take a look:

  • High School: joining clubs/organizations helps build teamwork skills.
  • College: being a college student helps build time management skills due to juggling multiple schedules and priorities.
  • Volunteering: this type of work helps build empathy and personal motivation.

Highlighting Transferable and Interpersonal Skills

Here’s a sample, qualifications summary sentence:

History of success building client relationships through networking, and nurtured relationships by consistently evaluating client’s needs and recommending solutions.

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