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Tips for a successful first day at a new job – straight from the minds of hiring managers!

 

Written by Erin VanPortfliet

Most of us can agree that finding a new job is typically a long – and sometimes very stressful – process. It begins with searching through online job boards, researching company backgrounds, sprucing up your resume, and filling out job applications, then the interview – sometimes more than one – until it finally happens. The phone rings and the call you’ve been waiting for has arrived. You happily accept an offer for the perfect position with a great new company!

First off, a congratulations is in order! All of your hard work has paid off, and now it’s time to start a new chapter in your professional life. Since first impressions are important, we decided to enlist the expertise of a few hiring managers from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system about what new employees can do to ensure a successful first day. Here’s what they had to say!

Be prepared and punctual

Read your offer letter carefully to make sure you are clear on the time and place and bring all the proper documents requested. This can vary depending on the company, so don’t assume you already know what you need to bring. You could be asked to bring bank information for direct deposit, specific types of identification, or even pre-completed paperwork. If you are unable to provide any required items listed, don’t wait until the day you start. Reach out and inform your new employer so it can be handled beforehand.

Natalie Frederickson, human resources manager of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Scottsdale, said this is a topic she’s consistently coaching her team on.

“Being on time, especially on your first day, shows you have respect for other people,” Frederickson said. “It shows you care as much about their time and schedule as your own. Our days are usually scheduled back-to-back, so if someone doesn’t show up or comes in an hour late, it affects the entire operation.”

Do your research

The first step in being successful in a new role is to understand your new company’s values and goals. Taking the time to thoroughly learn the company background is important – not only before interviews, but also before your first day – as these are typically talking points when meeting with managers and executives.

Mike Reps, general manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Rochester, Minn., centers the majority of their new hire orientation around the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values.

“These six core values are what our business is built upon, so showing up knowing what they are is extremely important,” Reps said. “Executing these six core values with a great attitude paired with the willingness to grow your knowledge base will set you up for success at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Be open, even if you have experience

Having previous experience in a similar role as your new job is always a plus – it probably has a lot to do with why you landed the gig. However, that doesn’t always mean there isn’t more to learn. Walking in with the attitude that you already know everything is a great way to start off on the wrong foot with your new co-workers. Remember, first impressions are important!

“We are not looking for our new hires to be perfect, even if they happen to have prior experience in the moving industry.” said Jeremy Lawless, operations manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Dayton North, Ohio.

”Experience is certainly a plus, but to see them have the desire to learn how we do things here is extremely important. How a new hire responds to instructions and feedback, and how they communicate with others is key to becoming a successful employee at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Have fun!

This is something that many people forget, especially when they are nervous about starting a new job, but we’ll let you in on secret: everyone was new at one point, and they were nervous when they first started, too! We all have to start somewhere, so try to start off on the right foot. Smile when you pass by people, and try to get to know your co-workers. Being positive, approachable, and allowing yourself to have fun at work is only going to help you move forward in your career.

“Having fun at and enjoying the work you do starts with the type of attitude you have when you walk through the door,” said Sheryl Armock, human resources generalist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Champaign. “There will always be outside forces that may try to sway your opinion and outlook. However, you have the ability to decide how you respond to these forces. If you set your attitude to positive, neutral or negative – those outside forces will impact you accordingly.”

As part of their new hire orientation, Sheryl shows a motivational video to prove just how important this subject is. Interested? Check it out on YouTube.

Well, you’ve heard it straight from the experts! We hope this advice assists in preparing you for a successful first day at your new job. If you are still on the market for a career change, don’t worry – sometimes the best opportunities take time to find.  Be sure to check out the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers site for current openings. Who knows – that perfect position could be waiting for you there!

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Making the Move Forward

Written by Melanie Kebler

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® means business when it comes to our core purpose of “moving people forward”. One way we do this is through the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship program. Founded in 2014, this program provides a unique opportunity to allow committed managers the chance to become a franchisee. The scholarship program navigates candidates through intensive training and an all-encompassing education of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system. Candidates are required to complete online courses, webinars, and put their all into various assignments. The year-long scholarship program comes to a close with a visit to our corporate Home Office in Lansing, Mich., where candidates interview and present their own version of a successful business plan to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® executive team. The deserving winner is then awarded $50,000 to go toward the launch their franchise, and a place amongst some of the most competitive and passionate franchisees in the world.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has never shied away from providing substantial advancement opportunities to employees. One in three of their franchise owners started as employees, and more than 75% of managers started elsewhere within the company. Why? Because big growth means big opportunity. Randi Bloodworth – the first scholarship winner – began her journey at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a customer service representative at the Tampa, Fla., franchise. With a good work ethic and sense of reliability, Randi quickly moved up to become the office manager, and in 2014, took on the scholarship program. Today, Randi’s franchise boasts excellent reviews and ratings with an endless amount of compliments directed toward the frontline team members, which one could argue is a direct reflection of her as a franchisee.

“For me, the biggest takeaway of the scholarship program was the training,” said Bloodworth when asked about how the scholarship program contributed to her success. “There were so many things I thought I knew until I entered the program. I was able to teach employees at my locations and others about things I learned and ideas and processes I have carried away.”

In more recent news, 2015 scholarship participant Jason Washburn successfully completed the second round of Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship program and was awarded $50,000 toward his own franchise. Jason began his career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a mover at the St. Louis, Mo., location, but did not stay on the frontlines long. Jason progressed through the ranks and established a trust with his franchisee, allowing him to become the general manager and take on the daily operations of multiple units. In business, this trust is priceless, and Jason was ready to take on the scholarship program. With no shortage of motivation and drive, he got his chance.

Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship program is just one example of how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is working to make a difference. It is not just a difference within the business world, but amongst people and how we treat each other. The idea is not just about how much revenue can be brought in – it is a much larger picture that. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has truly become a leader in the way we think about careers. It’s about moving people forward and allowing someone the opportunity to become the very best they can be. Good people make good business, and we are just scratching the surface of this company’s true potential.

To find out about your next career move, check out the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers website. With more than 350 locations worldwide and growing, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is reshaping the way we think about small business and looking for the right people to move forward.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Virginia Beach named “best place to work”

Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

Receiving a “best place to work” award is a great honor, and recently, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise was awarded just that by The Business Magazine of Coastal Virginia. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Virginia Beach team – led by Franchisee Kathleen White and General Manager Ted Erhenberg – are true “Movers Who Care®” who live out our core values on a daily basis. We recently had a chance to speak with the team to learn what makes their franchise a great place to work. Check out what the Virginia Beach team had to say:

“I nominated TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Virginia Beach for the ’best places to work’ award because this is a great place to work! It’s not often you wake up and look forward to going to work, but we do every day. Our workplace is fun and busy – you’re always doing something and never just wait for the day to be over. Also, management constantly builds the team up and incorporates us into what they’re doing. They’re always open to suggestions and looking for input.” – Kendal Galloway, office manager

“I love working here. I’ve grown more as a person and become more mature. The team looks out for me and always makes sure I have everything I need to help me better myself. I’ve never had anyone care like the team here.” – Ryan Samuel, mover

“It’s great to work in such a very family-oriented work environment. The management team does a good job motivating us and keeping everyone focused on reaching our goals. I appreciate that we respect one another here, and how we’re able to help customers is rewarding. I look forward to growing here more in the future.” – Chuk Okoli, driver

“What sets our workplace apart from other employers is the care that Kathleen (franchisee) and Ted (general manager) have for their employees. When I started as a mover, Kathleen saw potential in me and encouraged me to be the best I could be. I grew from mover to driver, then lead driver, and now I’m in a management role. I enjoy supporting our team every day.” – Michael Sudderth, move manager

“I think we’re a great place to work because we’re constantly getting feedback from the team on what we could do to make things better. Small things like providing toolboxes and an ice machine go a long way because it’s what the team needs. We make sure everyone knows we are a team, and no one is ever alone. We’re led by Franchisee Kathleen White, who wants everyone to prosper and share in building something together.” – Ted Ehrenberg, general manager

“One of the biggest benefits we provide here is culture. We’ve built our team slowly and only hire the best. We try to engage our staff and provide incentives to keep everyone energized, and Ted (general manager) deserves a lot of credit. He’s great at identifying strengths and bringing the team together, and has contributed a lot to how great our culture is.” – Kathleen White, franchisee

It was obvious when speaking with everyone that they truly feel they are part of something bigger than just their own job. Want to join the team? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Virginia Beach is hiring, as well as many other franchise locations across the country and our corporate office. Take the first step in ramping up your career by viewing open positions on our careers site and applying online today!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® introduces 5th annual Career Move Month

Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

CMM logoMarch is right around the corner, and for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, that means Career Move Month, our annual event to ramp up hiring efforts ahead of the busy summer months. The official start date is March 1, and locations across the country will soon be reviewing applications, scheduling interviews, and bringing in new hires to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. New team members will experience job shadowing and robust training in preparation to live out our core purpose of moving people forward this summer and beyond.

Our goal for Career Move Month 2017 is to receive 12,000 applications and to hire 1,200 new team members. This year’s theme is “ramp up”, and is designed to kick-start recruiting efforts, which will grow heading into the spring and summer. A range of openings are available nationwide and in various functional areas of the business. Our focus is providing long-term career opportunities, but we have openings for part-time and seasonal employment as well.

“We’re ecstatic to kick off Career Move Month and start hiring new team members,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “We are looking for hard-working, dedicated individuals to support our loyal customers and push our company to become better each day. Career Move Month 2016 allowed us to hire 1,012 new team members, and we can’t wait to offer even more opportunities this year!”

Want to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family? Visit careers.twomenandatruck.com to apply online today! View more than 500 job postings ranging from moving to marketing positions, and everything in between. For those interested in seeing what it’s like to be a mover or driver, check out the fun video below.

TMT HR SPOT FINAL FULL RES from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK on Vimeo.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®: Moving careers forward, one new hire at a time. Apply online today!

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Career New Year Resolutions for 2017!

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Written by Erin VanPortfliet

We all know the typical New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, or begin long overdue home improvement projects, but what about career resolutions? It’s no secret that many people struggle with career-related stress. The average American spends about 30% of their life working, so feeling stressed at work can impact your entire life! But don’t worry – if there’s a will, there’s a way. Sometimes we just need a little help to get moving in the right direction. Use our helpful tips to develop (and stick to) your career resolutions this year!

Make a plan with actionable steps

The most important steps in kicking off a career resolution are determining your goals and developing a plan of attack! How many of us have made New Year’s resolutions and never accomplished them? I know I have! It is imperative to develop plans with practical steps and reachable goals. Ask yourself, what do you want more or less of in your career? Do you want less stress, more flexibility, or more responsibility? Once you’ve determined your resolutions, ask yourself, what are the steps I need to take to reach my goals?

For example, if your resolution is to be “less stressed” at work, what are some steps you can take to decrease stress? Can you organize your time better or schedule fewer back-to-back meetings? You can start preparing your calendar two weeks ahead of time, or look at each week in advance and reschedule any conflicting appointments. Being proactive is a great way to eliminate stress from your daily schedule.

Communicate

This may seem very basic to most people, but communication with your team or manager can be one of leading causes of stress at work. It is key to make sure you understand what is expected of you. Asking for clear and concise details on new projects – such as deadlines or specific subject matter – is key to completing a successful work assignment or project. Also, feel free to communicate your career resolutions to your coworkers, manager, or mentor – you may be surprised at how others want to support your goals.

Understand your department’s goals

This is very important to being successful with your career resolutions. In order to excel and achieve greatness within your company, you must first understand the goals of your department, and what your role is in helping to get there. Are you revenue generating, support staff, or customer service focused? What is your department’s mission? The answers to these questions will help to give you a “big picture” perspective of how your personal career goals fit with your current role.

Be accountable

Bring integrity to your resolutions. Being accountable for your actions says a lot to your manager and coworkers, and should apply to career goals as well. If you make a mistake, own it and do what you can to fix it! If you say you are going to do something, do it! Simply put – be someone that you would want to work with. If it helps, write down mini-goals that can be accomplished more easily and keep you on track.

Work life balance

This one probably isn’t a new fresh idea, but it sure is an important one. You can’t expect to be happy with your job if you aren’t happy outside of work. Schedule time to do things you are passionate about, whether it is a hobby like painting, or just simply going to catch that new movie you’ve been wanting to see! Life isn’t just about working, it’s about having fun, too! Don’t forget to make time for friends and family – everyone needs a support system!

After you’ve worked toward your resolutions, if you still are not feeling a relief or seeing a change, sometimes it truly is time to start looking for a change. Check out careers with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for new opportunities and like us on Facebook to receive regular updates!

Happy New Year from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

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Start your new job with confidence

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Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

Have you recently been offered a new job? If so, congratulations! You’ve probably updated your resume while applying, and made a great first impression in your interviews. All your hard work paid off when you were offered a new job, and you’re now waiting for the first day at your new employer. If you’re wondering how to be successful right off the bat, be sure to read the tips we’ve compiled to prepare you for a new role.

Research!

If you didn’t check out the company’s website, recent news stories, or Glassdoor page as part of your interview prep, now is a great time to do some research. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, new hires meet company executives and directors as part of their orientation, and this research can spark interesting conversations and demonstrates a desire to learn more about the company. Even if you did research before your interview, it never hurts to do a quick search in case new stories are available.

Practice your commute

You probably visited the company for your interview, but did you travel during rush hour? Many interviews are scheduled in the middle of the day, so practice your new commute on a weekday before starting. This will allow you to allocate time accordingly so you’re on time (or early!) for your first day.

Get organized

Your first day will likely involve some important paperwork. If the recruiter requested you to bring certain pieces of info like a passport or a driver’s license on the first day, take some time and get organized. There’s nothing worse than running around the house the morning of your first day because your social security card wasn’t where you thought it was. It also helps to figure out in advance what tax withholdings to choose on your W-4, who to list as emergency contacts, and if you’d like your name badge to say Jon or Jonathan. This is also a great time to plan your first day attire – some companies take a headshot on a new employee’s first day, so dressing well ensures your company photo looks especially professional.

Ask questions

Reach out to the company’s recruiter for any questions leading up to your first day. Not sure where to park, if you should bring a lunch, when to arrive, or what to bring with you? The recruiter can provide these answers. Make sure to ask a few business days before you need answers in case your contact is out of the office.

With tips in hand, we wish you luck in your new role! Starting a new job is an exciting time with unknown and interesting opportunities ahead of you.

Interested in learning more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Our careers website  showcases all opportunities available at our Home Office as well as over 300 franchise locations nationwide. Apply online today or learn more about us on Facebook!

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Making a great impression in a job interview

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Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

Have you started looking for a new career? If so, your first steps may be updating  your resume and applying to a few open jobs. Once you’re past those initial steps, it may be time to start preparing for job interviews. Use our advice on what to do before, during, and after an interview to make a great first impression. Who knows, our tips may help you land a new career!

Before the interview

Review your resume. Make sure you can comfortably talk about your previous experiences. This may take some practice, and that’s okay! This will ensure you’re knowledgeable about your history and how your work has contributed to your previous employers’ goals.

Research the company! Start with the company website, and check a few news outlets for any recent articles. You can also search on sites where employees can leave reviews, such as , to get a picture of what current employees think about their employer that you are interested in.

Map out your route ahead of time. Take into account traffic, weather, parking, and any other factors that could potentially delay your arrival time. Speaking of arrival time, aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. When you arrive, remember to be polite to the receptionist – they are your potential future coworker, and may even be part of the interview process.

Take a few moments to calm your nerves and check your appearance. Look for wardrobe malfunctions, food in your teeth, and anything else that may be distracting to your interviewers. You want them thinking about how your skills translate to the position, not your misaligned buttons.

During the interview

Keep your phone out of view, and preferably off. Any other distractions such as watch alarms should be minimized, as you want the interview to have your full attention.

Take notes as needed. Interviewers may mention important points that would be helpful to reference later, such as qualities they’re looking for in the role or company goals. Feel free to simply ask “Is it okay if I take some notes?” at the start of the interview to give your interviewers a heads up that you may jot down some quick notes.

Clarify questions you’re asked as needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarity if you don’t quite understand what is being asked. This helps ensure you’re both on the same page before diving into your answer.

Ask questions!  Use the research you’ve done to come up with a few questions. Interviewers appreciate when candidates have put thought into their interview preparation, and this will set you apart from others. If you choose to take notes, you can pre-write the questions so you don’t forget them!

After the interview

Follow up to thank your interviewers. Mailing a handwritten thank you note was a best practice for years, but these days, email is easier and will reach your interviewers faster. Use the thank you to not only say “Thanks!” but to make additional connection with your interviewers and show how you would bring value to the team.

Wait it out. After you have thanked your interviewers, the next move is on the company.  It may be tough to wait, especially if you’re excited about the opportunity, but the company may need time to finish interviewing other candidates, wait until key players are back from vacation, or handle top priority deadlines before getting back in touch. Don’t get discouraged while you’re waiting! This is a normal part of the hiring process.

 

With these tips in mind, go forth and interview with ease! Remember, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has job openings nationwide in a variety of roles – from moving to management, and everything in between. Check out our careers website and find your new dream job today, and our interviewing tips video for even more ways to make a great impression in your next interview.

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Five Tips to Revamp Your Resume

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Written by Erin VanPortfliet

Have you been considering a career change? It all starts with a good resume. Many times this is the first thing a recruiter will look at, so you need to make sure you stand out in the crowd! Use these five tips when revamping your resume to ensure it won’t get lost in the vast sea of job hunters.

Keep it short

Recruiters are busy people, and many don’t have time to read a novel when searching through hundreds of applications each day. Focus on what is important and don’t get too “wordy”.

Don’t use acronyms

CRC, PDM, MAP – are any of those ringing a bell? Nope, us either! Make sure to spell out your previous titles and work experience so hiring managers understand your qualifications.

Sell! Sell! SELL!

To put it into perspective, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has had over 90,000 applications come through our system year to date! You must sell yourself in your resume. Go beyond the normal approach of just listing your previous work history and job duties. Talk about the changes you made and projects you completed at your previous jobs. Use measurable facts whenever possible! Prospective employers want to see the value you brought to your past positions and how you left your previous companies in a better place than when you started.

Get rid of irrelevant content

Again, recruiters or hiring managers may not want to take time to read about your first job out of high school (unless it’s relevant). Use the work experience that highlights the skills you have pertaining to the job you are applying for. Relevant volunteer work is great to include, but your hobbies and interests may not pertain to the job you are applying for – save that for the interview.

Add a personal branding statement

Use a short branding statement to describe who you are and the types of accomplishments you want to achieve in your new position. Craft a short, but compelling summary of who you are, what you bring to the table, and why that is beneficial to a potential employer. It’s ok to let your personality shine through a little in your resume!

Remember, there are plenty of resources out there if you need assistance with building your resume. A simple Google search will bring you to free templates, examples, and even more tips on how to create the perfect resume!

When your resume is up-to-date and you’re ready to start applying, check out TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s career site. Who knows, your dream job may just be waiting for you there … Happy job hunting!

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Why I Love Working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Emily Sham

The best places to work aren’t always the tech companies and start-ups with nifty perks like slushy machines and napping pods. Sometimes, the best places to work are just down the road, with a focus on community and unlimited opportunities for all team members. In the moving business, one company sets itself apart, and here are a few reasons why I love working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®:

Opportunities for growth, career advancement, and movement within the system
One of the best things about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is that the opportunities are endless within the franchise system. Movers can become mangers, and even one day open their own franchise. I started out as the marketing manager for the Jackson, Miss., franchise and slowly began taking on more of a sales role within the company. I was soon promoted to the sales and marketing manager and oversaw our two customer service representatives, one in home consultant, and one assistant marketer. This all happened within a two-year span of being with the company. Moving towards my third anniversary with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we opened a second location in North, Miss., in which I temporarily moved and helped with the startup of that franchise. I focused on the sales and marketing, while still overseeing the Jackson office. Within three years I have advanced in my career and had the opportunity to help with a startup franchise, all while gaining awesome relationships all over the state of Mississippi.

emily5Opportunities to give back to the community
My absolute favorite part about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is being able to give back to the community. Our franchises are constantly working with local non-profits in our areas and participate in Movers for Meals during the fall and  Movers for Moms® during the spring. At our Jackson franchise we are heavily involved in the American Cancer Society Tennis Classic, which is held in memory of our franchisee, Jeff Taylor’s, wife Becky. I have been the event chair for the tennis tournament since it started in 2014. We have had support from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises from all over, Home Office, as well as the founding family. This support for our local American Cancer Society really shows how great our system works together to give back. The chance to give back while I wear the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® name makes my job not only exciting, but rewarding on a personal level.

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Making a difference during a stressful time in life

When I was interviewing for the marketing position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® three years ago, Mr. Jeff, our franchisee, told me moving was one of the top three stressors in a person’s life, along with a death and marriage. When the phone rings you never know the customer’s walk of life, or what they are about to unveil to you. I strive to focus on each customer with individual detail  to make them feel as if they are the most important person I have talked to all day. We have an “employee recognition wall” hanging up in our dispatch area, and there is a particular customer who we moved in February 2015 who wrote a very detailed email thanking everyone involved with his move.

In his email he wrote, “I decided to call the listed contact number from the website and had the pleasure of speaking with Emily. Emily explained the services TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® could provide, asked me questions about my particular needs, and offered suggestions to help make the move less painful. She was professional, engaging, courteous, and extremely helpful. I felt that she really wanted my business, and that she really wanted to help me out. She quoted me a reasonable price and told me she would also email me that quote within about 30 minutes. After hanging up and waiting for about half an hour, she delivered the quote on time. The quote was detailed and conveyed exactly the information we had previously discussed….

Larry, Eric, Emily, and Jonathan need to be recognized for their spectacular efforts to make my move seamless and pain free. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was well represented by this fine team of professionals, and they should each receive recognition for doing an excellent job. From start to finish, each of these folks did their best and provided a high level of customer service and attention to detail. Taken as a whole, this team reflected positively on the business and your brand. Seriously, this is how a business should be operated!”

Customers who appreciate what TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can offer them during one of the most stressful times in their lives is what makes this job so fulfilling.

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Being part of a larger system

I was two weeks into my new job with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® when I was sent to Home Office for Frontline Annual Meeting. I remember wanting to learn as much as I could about the history, the brand, and the basics of what the company was all about. It didn’t take long to realize the 100+ other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® representatives were also there doing the same thing, with the same passion. I was able to meet Home Office employees and other marketers, customer service representatives, and managers in the system who I still have relationships with today. Working within such a large system allows you expand your reach much further than you could imagine. I also have been blessed to be able to attend a marketing training session at Home Office, as well as two Annual Meetings since starting with the company. To see how far the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system as a whole has grown in the three year span I have been with the company makes me really excited to see what the future holds.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s middle name should be “change.”  There is never a day that is the same as the last, but this is one of the best things about working here. I will admit I have personally laughed and cried to a customer, my boss, and a mover/driver before. I take a lot of pride in my job and sometimes put a little too much “passion”, as Mr. Jeff calls it, into whatever I am doing. The constant changes and the constant unknowns is what keeps me on my toes and makes the job exciting.

Lastly, my favorite thing about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the relationships I have made throughout the years. From local business owners, to other employees, I have grown so much as an individual and I owe that all to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.  The staff in Jackson, Miss., and North, Miss., are incredible and they really make working here fun. When you walk into our offices people always say they feel like we are having too much fun, and that is because we are. We have some of the best employees  who love what they do and make where we work a fun place. I also have to give TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® credit for introducing me to my husband! If I wouldn’t have accepted the marketing position three years ago I wouldn’t have met my husband and I wouldn’t be awaiting the arrival of our little baby. I cannot wait to introduce little Taylor Marie Sham to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system and how much this company means to her daddy and me.

 

emily1Emily is a Sales and Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in Jackson and Horn Lake, Mississippi. As part of her role, Emily especially enjoys chamber events and meeting people, and everything related to community involvement and holiday events.

Ready to make a career move? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is hiring! Check out open opportunities and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Liz Hosking and Hannah Romain

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Written by Katie Peterson

As the summer season begins to wind down, the interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., are working hard to continue their projects and develop their final presentations. Over the course of just a few months, this talented group has learned the ins and outs of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system and their respective departments, with the help of their managers. Liz Hosking and Hannah Romain are two of these interns, with Liz in the marketing department and Hannah in human resources. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Liz and Hannah!

Liz Hosking

Liz picLiz is heading into her senior year at Michigan State University with a major in advertising. Liz has been working in the marketing department this summer and spends her time on grassroots efforts for the Lansing franchise along with many other projects. She has had the unique opportunity to experience multiple departments at Home Office as she interned here last summer as well, but in the accounting department. We’re so glad you’re here, Liz!

Tell me a little bit about yourself

I like to golf and bake, mostly cupcakes although I haven’t baked much while I’ve been in college. I like to hang out with my friends and cook food for fun. I have three older brothers and a cat named Milo, who I learned was a domestic cat mixed with wild savanna cat when I took him to the vet. Apparently they are a lot of money, but I got him on Craigslist for free.

What does a typical day here look like for you?

I come into the office and start my day off by grabbing a cup of coffee. Avery, one of the other marketing interns, and I then work together on figuring out our route for grassroots marketing for the week, communicating with contacts about events we plan on participating in, making deliveries of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® merchandise to donate to different organizations, updating website content, and running the Lansing franchise’s social media accounts. We take many fun adventures around the greater Lansing area and have spent a lot our summer in the company car, which is pretty cool.

What do you like most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I like how nice, welcoming, and helpful everyone is at the company. I really like how they value their employees and want them to succeed. They have a lot of opportunities for people to move their way up through the company. A really good example of that is me being able to work here for a second summer.

What is your favorite aspect of this internship? What surprised you most?

I like how the marketing department has a lot of different parts. I work on projects from various areas so I get to do a lot of different things here. I have worked here for almost a full year now, so not much has surprised me, although when I switched departments at the beginning of the summer from accounting to marketing, it was a big change to go between two very different departments. Last year I had an accounting internship here and I worked throughout the school year. It was cool getting to work with the accounting team for a whole year and it’s an important aspect of the business. Now, as a marketer, it’s really important because you know the financial side of it and how to budget while implementing a marketing plan. So it’s really the best of both worlds.

What do you still hope to accomplish this summer?

I am looking forward to creating something cool to leave behind for the marketing department to remember their interns by; that was one of the projects all the marketing interns were assigned to work on together.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a personal shopper. I love shopping and I told my mom that was what I was going to do with my life. I told her I would be doing it for rich people who don’t want to do their own shopping, although, that didn’t work out.

If you could have any job at Home Office, what would you want to do?

I would like to do Marnie or Norma’s job at the front desk. Both of them are always so welcoming and nice and they are always the first people you see when you walk into the office.


 

Hannah Romain

This fall Hannah will be a junior at the University of Michigan studying psychology and music as a double major. This summer she is working in the HR department experiencing all there is to know about human resources. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Hannah!

Tell me a little about yourself

Hannah picI have two younger siblings, a brother and a sister, and we have two dogs (also a brother and a sister). I like to write music, play guitar, and sing. My favorite types of music to play and sing are indie/pop and folk music, and it’s pretty normal for me to spend all my money on concert tickets. After work I usually go home and have dinner with my family. My mom is a great cook and she makes dinner for me when I come home. I also like to take my dogs for walks and watch Parks and Rec on Netflix.

What does a typical day here look like for you?

I start my days at Home Office with a big travel mug of coffee from home – it’s necessary for me to be a functional human. I usually head straight to my desk and begin working on various projects, attending meetings, and checking in and with my supervisor as needed. When I’m at my desk, I typically have headphones in so I can listen to Spotify while I work.

What do you like most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a company?

I really like the company culture, and I really appreciate the charitable efforts that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® makes for the community. I think it’s important to be a company that works toward a good cause. My favorite cause this company participates in is Movers for Moms because it’s amazing to see the positive impact that we can have on local women in need. In 2016 alone, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was able to donate more than 285,000 items to local women’s and family shelters.

What is your favorite aspect of this internship? What surprised you most?

I really like the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® business model and what they stand for here, it’s an awesome concept. It’s a great work environment, too, although I have never worked in an office setting like this before so that part is a new experience for me. I was surprised to see a lot of familiar faces here; I know a lot of the interns and employees so that’s a fun experience.

What do you still hope to accomplish this summer?

I’m working on finishing our payroll playbook, I am excited to get the project finished and distribute it to the franchises so they can keep up with our best practices for payroll.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon, I was one for Halloween one year and people would say, “oh you’re a doctor?” and I corrected them and said, “no I’m a pediatric surgeon”. And now I can’t even be near blood.

If you could have any job at Home Office, what would you want to do?

I would want Liz’s job as marketing intern, because she sits across from Avery, who I would get to talk to every day. Avery and I have known each other for a really long time so it would be fun to collaborate with her in a work setting.

Although Liz and Hannah attend rival Michigan colleges, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is happy to have their teamwork skills, positive attitudes, and great work ethics as part of our 2016 summer intern program. We appreciate all the work you two have done and look forward to seeing more from you in the last few weeks!

Are you looking to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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