Philly Man creates Phynally, a job search tool for marijuana users
â€œWe are the LinkedIn for cannabis consumers,â€ says Phynally founder Damian Jorden.
Let’s say you are looking for a job. So you turn to one of the many job search engines – maybe Monster, maybe Zip Recruiter, maybe Indeed – where you find dozens, if not hundreds of jobs that might be right for you. You go through the application process, only to find out later that your dream job requires drug testing. You, like so many Americans, are a regular user of marijuana. This is the problem that the new job search engine Phynally seeks to solve.
The Philadelphia-based company only accepts job postings from employers who do not require job applicants to undergo drug testing for marijuana. The site went into beta in the spring and started accepting paid posts, which are currently scarce, in June.
â€œWe are the LinkedIn for cannabis consumers,â€ says Phynally founder Damian Jorden, a 35-year-old East Falls resident. â€œWe want to connect people with transparent employers who have come out of these old policies that date back to the War on Drugs – employers who know the future is legalization. We want to engage with more progressive employers.
Phynally doesn’t focus on jobs in Philadelphia; it is a national coin. While there are listings from the Philadelphia area to Norristown and Swedesboro, you’ll also find jobs as a social media manager for Amazon Prime Video in Culver City, Calif., And a cardiac catheterization lab technician for Maine Health at Portland. The positions are searchable by location and sector of employment. Employers can currently post certain positions for free or purchase an unlimited posting package for $ 150 per year.
The company’s revenue model also includes advertising of doctors who can prescribe medical marijuana. Phynally is trying to match these doctors with marijuana-using job seekers who may not yet have their medical marijuana cards.
Job seekers can upload their curriculum vitae for free; Jorden says he’s had over 7,000 such downloads in the past month. Employers can find you on the site through your resume, and you use your uploaded resume to apply for jobs listed.
Jorden graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote before attending La Salle University, but not graduating. â€œCollege is awesome and everything,â€ he says. â€œBut I have been a true entrepreneur at heart since I was a child. You must have the ability to have fundamental entrepreneurial skills and turn your dream into reality.
After La Salle, Jorden pursued a career in public relations and sports management.
â€œI have represented a lot of celebrities and sports figures like LeSean McCoy,â€ Jorden told Philly Mag. â€œBut I decided to take the leap into technology with this idea. And I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. As a black individual in cannabis and tech, we are not really well represented in these areas. I see a lot of potential.