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Virtual Interviewing: The New Way to Make a Better Informed Decision

Virtual Interviewing: The New Way to Make a Better Informed Decision

The way we work, live, and interact with others has been rocked by the COVID pandemic, and we may never fully return to what we previously viewed as "normal". This unexpected global event is forcing us to creatively solve the interviewing, hiring, and onboarding processes to adapt to our current reality. For companies who need to hire and candidates looking for employment while respecting "social distancing" restrictions, this can seem daunting. ...

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Minimizing the Social Distancing Impact

Minimizing the Social Distancing Impact

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, many companies are moving to remote work life to ensure the safety of their employees and to do their part to flatten the curve.  However, as we know, when times are stressful, people look for ways and things to help make them feel better and to reduce overall anxiety - cannabis being near the top of the list and for those in medical states, a necessity and not a luxury. As a result, the demand for cannabis is...

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Ensure the Success of a Newly Created Role

Ensure the Success of a Newly Created Role

The process of hiring a new employee requires substantial time and financial investment from a company and its employees. This makes it critical that you're hiring the right person, setting up the right expectations, and setting your new employee up for success. On average, a new hire costs about 1.5x the actual annual salary. Turnover can increase that cost even more, when considering the overall financial impact on the company, inclusive of hard fees,...

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Hire People You Know The Same Way You Hire Strangers

Hire People You Know The Same Way You Hire Strangers

Building a strong, competent, and cohesive team is an art. You can't cobble together a winning team that will take your company to new levels by rushing the process. Adhering to standardized hiring processes is critical, and it is even more crucial if you have a personal history with a candidate. Stick to the process Organizations small and large should have standard operating procedures, including for selection and hiring, that begin to be established...

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A Trusted Partner to Drive Your Business Forward

A Trusted Partner to Drive Your Business Forward

Upheaval. Change. Transformation. The cannabis industry has seen record amounts of change in the past few years, and it’s going to continue at warp speed. Consider the following: Total combined legal sales throughout the (33) current states with legalized medical programs and (11) legal adult-use programs are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14%, to reach $30 billion by 2025 Combined U.S. sales of medical cannabis are...

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Q & A with Hunter Esquire’s Newest Team Member – Art Massolo

Q & A with Hunter Esquire’s Newest Team Member – Art Massolo

Tell us a little about your background?  I was born in Singapore and traveled extensively during my upbringing. Having lived in Italy, Brasil, Chicago, Chile, New York, to name a few, provided me with a unique opportunity to learn several languages- I can get by in 5.  Most importantly, this gave me the confidence to embrace new environments and the ability to understand the lay of the land quickly.   My first gig out of college was to start a winery...

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Top 7 Hiring Myths in the Cannabis Industry

Top 7 Hiring Myths in the Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry is growing at a meteoric rate, and that kind of rapid growth can mean figuring out solutions fast with no road map. One of those solutions is executive recruiting. We’ve been in executive recruiting for over 20 years, and now focus exclusively on the cannabis industry. Over the years, we’ve seen (and helped clean up) mistakes made by companies recruiting on their own. Cannabis has its own unique challenges. Assuming everyone wants...

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How Cannabis Companies Can Attract Best-In-Class Executive Talent

How Cannabis Companies Can Attract Best-In-Class Executive Talent

It wasn't long ago that using retained executive search to recruit high-performance executives to the cannabis industry was unheard of. Now, with 2 out of 3 Americans supporting the legalization of marijuana use, cannabis companies of all sizes are looking to take their executive acquisition processes and human investment to the next level. However, the executive search capabilities of many cannabis companies is still in its infancy – much like the...

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3 Ways Cannabis Companies Can Innovate and Improve Hiring Processes In 2019

3 Ways Cannabis Companies Can Innovate and Improve Hiring Processes In 2019

In an industry that’s evolving rapidly, it’s critical that cannabis companies nurture their ability to pivot, adapt, and innovate. This is especially true when developing and evaluating your recruiting and hiring processes. There’s an amusing, yet relevant, story about a woman who was cooking a ham for Christmas dinner. Her daughter, wanting to learn to how to cook her mother’s family recipes, watched her prepare the ham for the oven. To her surprise,...

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Overcoming the Biggest Challenges of Hiring Executive Talent in Cannabis

Overcoming the Biggest Challenges of Hiring Executive Talent in Cannabis

Cannabis companies know that growing a business in this industry is unlike any other. We are pioneers of a new domain. While that comes with a unique sense of excitement and pride, it also comes with its own unique challenges – especially when the industry is rapidly evolving from a camp of adventurous trailblazers to professionalized services. The same fast-paced evolution can be seen in the industry’s professionalization of executive recruitment....

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