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As a job applicant, a good resume and cover letter are your first impression for a hiring manager. Shop owners have to sift through piles of resumes. In today’s fast-moving industry, hiring managers are quickly scanning and rejecting most applicants.

How can you stand out in this highly competitive industry? Your budtender resume should highlight all the essential skills and qualifications.

Whether you’re applying to a medical or adult-use store, a good resume is critical to get your foot in the door. Our blog post gives you insight into what a budtender resume looks like. We include an example and a step-by-step guide on how you can craft your own.

It’s never been easier to get your start in this fast-growing industry.

Budtender Resume Example

Johnny Budtender

[email protected]



Since 2018, I've provided reliable, dependable service in retail, sales, and customer service and believe I can also help [Business] excel. I averaged 20% more than my sales goals for 7 consecutive months and received 97% in customer service feedback surveys. As a cannabis advocate, I’ve completed a cannabis certification course.

Work Experience

Retail Sales Associate, Headshop Express

February 2020-current

  • Assist an average of 50 customers per day in finding products and provided recommendations
  • Achieve an average of 120% of sales goals for 7 consecutive months
  • Provide outstanding customer service, receiving 97% in customer service feedback surveys
  • Stock and organize inventory (daily and weekly) with accuracy and efficiency
  • Perform opening and closing duties
  •  Display thorough product knowledge 

Retail Sales Associate, Trader Joe’s

September 2018-February 2020

  • Built a solid rapport with customers by recommending, packaging, and helping them with purchases to their vehicle.
  • Organized and decorated the store during the holidays to drive up sales numbers
  • Maintained a perfect attendance
  • Employee of the Month in December 2018 and August 2019
  • Cashed out registers on closing shifts
  • Responsible for training new employees


Belmont Senior High, Los Angeles, CA

Diploma, 2017 (GPA: 3.6)


  • Customer service
  • Teamwork
  • Cash handling
  • Project management
  • Product recommendation
  • Customer-oriented
  • Dependability


  • Master of Cannabis Certification, Cannabis Training University


  • English: Native
  • Spanish: Fluent


  • Vegan cooking
  • Cannabis growing
  • Hiking and camping

How to Write Your Budtender Resume

Now that you know what to include in your resume, here are 7 areas to note when you're designing it:

1. Formatting

A clunky resume format can instantly turn off a hiring manager, even if you’re overqualified. In order to avoid a fate in the trash can, follow these formatting tips:

  • Include your phone number, email and contact information at the top, including a LinkedIn profile or website if you have one
  • Divide your resume into easily scannable sections since many HR offices use software that automatically reads resumes
  • Use a chronological resume layout to highlight accomplishments and experience
  • Embrace simple and legible fonts (10-12-point size)
  • Keep your resume under one page (or two max)
  • Send your resume as a PDF unless they ask for a Word resume

2. Objective

An objective is usually a concise few sentences explaining your experience and skills as they relate to that specific position. Recruiters love to see hard numbers relating to your achievements. 

3. Work Experience

The work experience section will detail your responsibilities and duties from previous work. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • List your work experience in chronological order (from your current job to your previous work).
  • Include your job titles, dates worked, company names, and locations.
  • List your responsibilities and achievements in bulleted points. Aim between six and seven bullet points for each job.
  • Include resume action words over passive ones.
  • Include sales numbers, personal achievements, and other data to support your cause.

4. Education

Most budtending jobs don’t require a college degree. They may require a high school diploma or GED.

If you only have a diploma, include your GPA, extracurricular activities, and scholastic achievements. Candidates with higher degrees should include their degree, school name and location, and graduation year.

Including a certification from an industry-recognized cannabis school will help you stand out from the competition.

5. Skills

Even if you don’t have budtending experience, there’s a strong chance you have transferable skills.

Transferable skills can be applied to a number of industries and business types. These include soft skills such as teamwork, accountability, and work ethic. Hard skills include customer service, client relations, public speaking, and more.

Budtender skills include:

  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication
  • Data entry
  • Leadership
  • Product knowledge
  • Time management

You likely have many skills, but only need to list the relevant ones.

Look back at the job ad. See what skills they mention. Choose the skills you exceed in. Include them throughout your resume in the objective and work experience sections.

6. Other Sections

Of course, you may have additional experience outside of work. Here’s where you can include a separate section for languages you speak, volunteer work, hobbies, awards, and other relevant projects you’ve been working on.

7. Cover Letter

Most job ads won’t directly ask for a cover letter but including one is ideal.

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Including a cover letter puts you steps ahead of the competition. Cover letters require proper formatting and tone. In it, you’ll explain why you’re the best fit for the job. You'll list your experience and skills.

Keep your letter under one page.

Once you’ve sent in your application with a resume and a cover letter, don’t be afraid to follow up after a week or so. Following up on a resume shows how committed you are to entering the weed industry.

For more information about getting hired in this industry, enroll in Cannabis Training University’s online cannabis courses today.

Fred Hernandez - Cannabis industry expert writer
Fred Hernandez

Fred Hernandez is a highly accomplished and versatile writer, boasting an extensive background in the cannabis industry. With an in-depth understanding of various sectors including cultivators, processors, retailers, and brands, Fred's expertise spans across the entire cannabis landscape. As a prominent contributor to CTU, he consistently delivers insightful articles exploring the latest developments, news, and regulations shaping the cannabis industry. Whether it's delving into the intricacies of cannabis products, cannabis strain reviews, or providing comprehensive analyses of cannabis laws, or sharing expert insights on cannabis cultivation techniques, Fred's wealth of knowledge positions him as an invaluable writer and educator for all cannabis-related subjects.

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