Monthly Archives: March 2016

5 mistakes many job seekers make (and what to do instead!)

Written by Chelsea Leser

Job seeking can be a stressful process. Between submitting applications and the first day in a new role is a slew of résumés, interviews, networking, and more. With all of the tips and advice on how to present yourself best as a candidate, we’d like to share some common mistakes job seekers make, and what to do instead.TMAT558

  1. Waiting too long to apply for a job

Many job seekers don’t apply to a job posting right away. Be aware that waiting can allow other candidates to get an interview or offer before you’ve submitted your application. You then need to be an even stronger candidate to sway the hiring managers from someone they’ve already met and like.
Instead, apply as soon as you can. Focus on highlighting your skills, experience, and interest through the application.

  1. Noting “see résumé” on a job application

So much care and effort is put into résumés that sometimes job seekers direct hiring managers to their résumé rather than fully completing an application. However, hiring managers need to compare candidates easily, and they know exactly where key pieces of info can be found on the application. Seeing a note to “see résumé” or “N/A” is a signal the candidate didn’t take the time to accurately complete the application, and may cut corners in the position.
Instead, complete applications fully, even if you’re not able to fill out as many. This will increase your chances of being noticed and show the hiring managers that you took their application seriously.

  1. Getting too creative

Some job seekers get very creative with their résumé, to the point where it’s difficult to understand or follow. Other job seekers send in a headshot along with their résumé while others send gifts to a hiring manager. All job seekers want to be noticed, but these tactics will make a job seeker stand out for the wrong reasons.
Instead, show the hiring managers you would represent their company well to customers and the community. Proofread your emails to the hiring managers, be confident during interviews, and follow up with a thank you after an interview to showcase yourself as an outstanding candidate.

  1. Exaggerating experience and skills

Another way job seekers try to stand out is by making their experience and skills seem like the best fit for the position, even if it’s not entirely truthful. What’s the harm in stretching the truth a bit?
Instead, focus on applying to positions that match your skills and experience well to show you’re the best candidate for the position. Be honest about your experiences and skills, because dishonesty reflects poorly on you, not just for the position at hand, but for all future opportunities with the company.

  1. Not preparing for an interview2_Movers_boxes_Back of truck

Often, job seekers don’t know how to prepare for an interview, don’t have time to prepare for an interview, or prepare in ineffective ways.
Instead, research the company beforehand by doing a Google search, checking out their website, and looking on social media. Always prepare 3-5 questions about the position, company, or industry you can ask during the interview. Write these questions down on paper that has additional room for your own notes, and bring a pen in case the interviewers say something you’d like to reference later. Make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early (no earlier!) and wear business appropriate clothing free of wrinkles or stains It is best to leave your cell phone in the car, and always throw your gum out before the interview.

Are you ready to make a career move? Use these pieces of advice to land a new opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! With over 330 locations nationwide, we have opportunities available in moving, driving, customer service, management, and more. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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Young professionals make a difference with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Chelsea Leser

Many young professionals want a workplace in which they can gain career development while having opportunities to give back to their community. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office offers team members exactly this through our extensive partnership with Volunteers of America Michigan (VOA). VOA is one of the 12 charities supported through jeans day donations, and team members volunteer at the VOA’s community kitchen and serve food for those in need, monthly.

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Home Office team members who served lunch recently at the VOA.

Taking TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s support of the VOA one step further, last year, seven team members joined the VOA’s Young Pros group to expand upon our partnership and make a meaningful impact. The Young Pros group consists of about 30 young professionals from the Greater Lansing area and serves to take a proactive approach toward homelessness. The group’s core purpose is to be a model for change within the community and members volunteer, attend events, and advocate for the VOA and the community members they serve.

Recently, the Young Pros attended the VOA’s annual Homeless No More event. The theme of this year’s event was “All Walks of Life” as a reminder that homelessness can affect anyone. Home Office was proud to have 11 team members in attendance, including Young Pros members, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, Executive Chair Brig Sorber, and CEO Jeff Wesley.

Franchise Marketing Specialist Nick Popoff attended the Homeless No More event with the Young Pros Group.

“The event really opened my eyes,” said Popoff. “It’s amazing how quickly good, hard-working people can find themselves staring down homelessness. It definitely helps to put things in perspective. I’m just grateful to be part of an organization and community that takes action on important initiatives like this.”

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Home Office team members at the VOA’s Homeless No More event.

“We have awesome leaders as part of our team and together, we build the brand every day and support the growing record success of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. That is important, but even more so, is the way we take this journey,” said CEO Jeff Wesley. “We achieve this success with people who live the company core values, give back, and volunteer their time in the communities we serve. Striving to impact something more than oneself, making a difference in others’ lives, is true leadership. I’m so proud of our people and all they do to impact people in need and move them forward.”

Young professionals at all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations have opportunities to get involved with our community service campaigns such as Movers for Moms®, Movers for Military, Movers for Meals, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth. Movers for Moms® is our biggest annual campaign, and team members are able to make a difference by developing relationships with community partners, collecting donations, and delivering donations to make Mother’s Day special for moms living in shelters.

Are you looking for a career that helps you give back and also move forward in your career? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has job openings available nationwide! View job openings and apply online today at https://careers.twomenandatruck.com/.

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4 qualities of successful TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members

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Written by Chelsea Leser

March is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s annual Career Move Month and with that we’re looking to add 1,000 new hires to our teams nationwide. With so much opportunity, we’d like to share a few qualities that our most successful team members share and what we look for when interviewing candidates.

We treat everyone how we’d like our grandmothers to be treated
Also known as The Grandma Rule®, team members who live out this core value treat everyone they meet with respect and dignity. They greet every customer with a smile, take the time to explain important details, and listen to each customer’s individual needs. These polite, courteous, and efficient team members are sure to make their grandmothers proud.

We go beyond our job descriptions
We appreciate team members who not only thrive on variety, but lend a hand where and whenever help is needed. These team members embody a culture of learning and train on specific aspects of other positions to serve customers in any way needed, without forgoing their regular job duties, of course.

We consider the big picture
It can be easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks, but our most successful team members never forget the big picture – that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a customer service company. They ensure each task adds value and helps our teams provide excellent service to our customers. These team members understand where the company is headed, and prioritize to help their team reach key goals.

We have fun
Another core value (and a favorite of many) is to be your best and have fun. From holiday parties to summertime barbeques and everything in between, we make sure to be our best, and have fun along the way as we celebrate milestones and accomplishments. Team members who live out this core value are a joy to work with, and often spark new ideas from collaborating with other teams.

 

If any of these characteristics sound like you, join our hardworking, fun-loving team today! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of moving, driving, customer service, support, and management openings available nationwide. All openings can be found on careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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Make a career move with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Chelsea Leser

CMM logoLooking for a new job? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Career Move Month is officially underway. With openings available at more than 330 locations nationwide, applicants have the chance to start a new career path with opportunities for growth at their local location. We also offer opportunities to gain skills for career development and movement both within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system and beyond.

The goal for Career Move Month 2016 is to select 1,000 new hires to join our teams nationwide. We are looking for motivated movers, drivers, customer service representatives, managers, marketers and more! The theme for 2016 is “boxes to briefcases”, inspired by the career growth attainable within the franchise system. All open positions are accepting applications now at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

The moving industry isn’t commonly known for career opportunities, but TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s core purpose is to move people forward. We apply this core purpose to our teams as well as our customers, and as a result we have transformed many jobs into long-term careers. Even our President Randy Shacka started as a marketing intern over 14 years ago! You could ask Randy and many others about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has transformed their lives, or you could just watch the video below!

Moving People Forward

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Career Move Month will run until March 31, 2016. All interested job seekers are encouraged to apply online at careers.twomenandatruck.com. Make a career move with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® today!

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