Jumpstart your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Hannah Conlin

Just as last year’s Career Move Month illustrated tremendous success, which garnered more than 550 employees to the system, this year’s campaign will no doubt show even more hiring growth. Although a company founded on moving others’ belongings, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knows a thing or two about moving people forward professionally as well. We have a history of promoting from within the system, making it so employees have careers within the company, not just jobs. Our franchises take special interest in the growth and development of their team members.

BertKolzBert Kolz, president of the entrepreneurial company, Black Wolf Group, is a major advocate for hiring from within. There are six general managers throughout the various locations the Black Wolf Group oversees, and they all started out at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as movers and drivers. Here is what Bert had to say about his experience within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and the potential he sees in each employee.

Q: Explain your position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®:

Bert: I’m currently president of Black Wolf Group, an entity which owns eight TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise locations within Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota.

Q: What is your career background?

Bert: I started my career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen. I then moved into general business and have held management positions at the Rust-Oleum company, Ben Franklin retail stores, Lands’ End, and W.W. Grainger.

Q: Why do you think it is important to promote from within?

Bert: Promoting from within allows us to retain our knowledge base. We also believe that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has the best trained employees in the industry, so our best candidates are already in the system. It’s very important to invest in our employees and provide them with a career path.

Q: Is there someone you’ve recently promoted from within the system?

Bert: Yes, we recently promoted Robby Pennell from operations manager in our Mesa office to general manager in our Tucson office. Robby showed the maturity, drive, and desire as an operations manager. It was a great opportunity to give Robby a chance to run his own location, and moving him from Mesa to Tucson gave a fresh set of eyes to Tucson. Robby is off to a great start!

Q: How does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® allow you to promote from within?

Bert: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® provides the training at each level for our employees to grow and succeed. They also offer opportunities for our managers to network with other managers from different locations such as during Annual Meeting (our yearly conference) and trips to the corporate office for training. Finally, the culture of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® helps people to grow and succeed. We truly move people forward.

Whether you start out as a mover, driver, or even a general manager, you can advance anywhere within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. Throughout March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will be seeking applications nationwide to secure 1,000 new hires into the system, ranging from movers to CSRs to managers.

Apply now to be a part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and begin your career!

Moving careers forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

CMM_FBgraphic_2014The second annual Career Move Month is almost upon us! We had amazing success with last April’s Career Move Month efforts which produced more than 550 employees to our growing system. This crop of talent filled a host of positions including movers, drivers, managers, marketing and sales coordinators, and customer service representatives. This year throughout the month of March, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will be recruiting across the country with a goal of 10,000 online applicants, resulting in 1,000 new hires throughout the system. If the goal is met TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® / INTERNATIONAL, Inc. will donate $5,000 to five Dress for Success chapters across the country. Dress for Success is an organization which promotes economic independence for underprivileged women, providing them with the attire necessary as they seek steady employment. Funds are also used for training and other efforts which support and sustain employment and career advancement.

“The objective of Career Move Month is to raise awareness about the opportunities which exist within our ever-expanding network of locations and a growing corporate office. We want people to recognize how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® truly moves people forward by offering diverse opportunities for steady employment, career advancement, and franchising.” – Sara Bennett, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® human resources director

We know interviewing for a new position can be a nerve-wracking experience. It can even feel unnatural to talk about yourself for a long period of time. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, our core purpose is to move people forward, including helping you land that job you really want!

Seventy five percent of our managers started out as frontline employees and were able to seamlessly transition into management roles with a little time and training. Do you have the desire to make the move from your current position to something more fulfilling? Apply now and get a head start on the interview process! To officially kick off Career Move Month, here is a video full of entertaining but truly tangible tips on how NOT to act in an interview and some helpful advice to assist you with landing the position you’re coveting.

Congratulations to our winners of the Talent from the Truck contest!

TFT_FBphotoOur Talent from the Truck contest has come to an end and we could not be happier with the results! Out of our 9 talent video entries we received more than 3,650 votes.

A big congratulations are in order for Jackie Kelly from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Macomb who received more than 1,500 votes for her rendition of the national anthem. Jackie is going home with the grand prize of $500. Jackie has been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for 5 years and is a marketing coordinator and CSR. Along with her volunteering her voice for University of Detroit sports, she sings with a band and is an avid karaoke lover!

We also want to congratulate Tasha from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Huntsville is our second place winner of $250 with more than 1,300 votes for her acoustic performance. Tasha has been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team for 9 years and is the Office/Sales Manager. She received her first guitar when she was 13 and has been playing at local venues for 10 years now. Tasha is joined by the other members of her band “Redheaded Stepchild” in this video.

The randomly chosen voter  is Judy Wolf winning $250!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values and what they mean to us

Written by Claire Schneider

“We’ve learned … that the soft stuff and the hard stuff are becoming increasingly intertwined. A company’s values – what it stands for, what its people believe in – are crucial to its competitive success. Indeed, values drive the business.”   -Robert Haas, Chairman & CEO of Levi Strauss & Company

Today we’re seeing more and more companies draft their own set of core values by which they follow and run their operations. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® the core values aren’t just hung on the office walls, rather they are lived by each team member day in and day out.

Below are just a few great examples of how our franchises nationwide bring these values to life.

Giving back to the community

Tornado reliefGiving back to the community is such a large part of who we are as a company, and our franchises never hesitate to lend a helping hand. We saw this especially last year when Oklahoma City was struck by a tragic tornado. Within a few hours, our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Oklahoma City franchise was out in their community assisting with disaster relief efforts utilizing movers and trucks to transport supplies to the devastated area.

THE GRANDMA RULE®: To treat everyone the way you would want your Grandma to be treated.

This rule was inspired by our company’s first grandma, Grandma Eb, who played an integral role in the early days of the company. There have been many remarkably heartwarming illustrations in which the GRANDMA RULE® was invoked, where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members went above and beyond their duties as movers to minimize the impact the moving experience with their customers. Here’s one of our favorites:

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team moved an elderly woman with cancer who had recently lost her husband. Her moving team sensed something when they observed the woman sitting among her boxes in her new home on the verge of tears as she considered the daunting prospect of unpacking. After completing the move and returning to the office, the lead mover asked permission to go back on his own time to unpack her belongings. Another mover who just returned from another job overheard the situation and immediately volunteered his time as well. After the move and unpack, the customer sent the following letter to the franchise operator:

Dear Mr. Connolly,

I am writing this letter to tell you of two of your outstanding employees, Eric S. and Chris M. I moved from Florida back to Delaware and was sitting here in the middle of boxes to be unpacked. Your employees who had moved some furniture locally for me saw my frustration about unpacking and came back after the move and helped me unpack and dispose of the empty boxes by carrying them four flights down to the dumpster. These young men were a wonderful help to me since I have a prosthesis on my left leg and do not move easily. I hope you will give them a commendation of some kind, since I feel they are very unusual, kind men who wanted nothing more than to help me.

Very truly yours,

Dolores 

Care: To have compassion for family, customers, co-workers, and community.

Care is essential to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. It’s the foundation of what we do every day. It’s so important we decided to include it in our tagline, “Movers Who Care®”.

Pedro  Carl“Two Palm Beach movers, Pedro A. and Carl P., were on an overnight, long distance move to Tallahassee in Northern Florida. They were pulling off the highway for the evening during a powerful rainstorm when they noticed an SUV had gone off the road and landed in a ditch filled with water. They ran over, waded into the thigh-deep water, and pulled the family (husband, wife, and two children) from the vehicle. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, so they waited until the authorities arrived, then continued on their way.”

Be your best and have fun: To be the best professionally and personally while enjoying life and having fun.

CadeWe couldn’t think of a better example for this core value than a boy’s first moving experience. Cade, the six-year-old boy who was the inspiration of our national commercial last year, was very nervous about moving from his life-long home in Atlanta. The movers took notice and to help ease his worries, and they named him “Boss for a Day.” As boss, Cade was able to have a role in the moving process, make a connection with the movers, and observe the movers taking care of his favorite belongings. The movers truly made Cade and his family’s moving experience stress-free and fun. Watch this video to learn more about Cade and his family’s moving experience.

Inclusion: To welcome people from all backgrounds in the workplace and the community.

Fatima Kacapor spent time at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. during the summer of 2013 to shadow and observe work culture in the United Sates. Fatima is a college student from the southeastern European country, Bosnia, studying communications. She is part of the Jericho Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to restoring HOPE (healthcare, opportunity, personal relations, and education) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Fatima wrote a blog post detailing her positive experience while shadowing at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International, Inc. Her experienced left her feeling that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was indeed a company who put inclusion at the forefront of its culture.

Integrity: To always conduct oneself with honesty and fairness.

We take pride in how our company is committed to living lives full of integrity. Team members from our corporate office in Lansing to those in our nearly 300 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and U.K., we understand what it means to be part of a company which celebrates commitment and follow-through. These are the cornerstones of integrity, and our principles are emphasized and upheld in every aspect of our business. We treat people with respect.

This core value is demonstrated daily throughout our company and we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations each and every time we perform a move. Many of our mover dispatch areas feature a poster which declares, “Prove it every move.” And we do! That’s why we’re very proud of our 96 percent customer referral rate.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Planning a move with kids? 5 ideas to turn packing into a game

Guest blog written by Marlena Stoddard

Moving with KidsMoving is a grueling process, especially when little ones are involved. Abrupt changes might make them feel unsettled, so it’s important to create a seamless transition. To accomplish a smooth shift, simply transform packing into a series of engaging games. You and your kids will remember moving as a fun and special time spent together by infusing fun into the process. The five ideas below can rapidly streamline a family relocation.

“I Spy”

This verbal identification game is an effective method for taking stock of possessions. It is also an opportunity to hone communicative descriptions, and it allows kids to keep tabs on the evolving situation. Furthermore, it can be used to keep track of what has been packed and what hasn’t, which is particularly useful for the next activity.

Scavenger hunt

Distracted children can become diligent assistants in no time. Kids will benefit when their parents orchestrate a treasure hunt, and everything they collect strikes an item off the packing list. If played directly after I Spy, the child will have a memory of each item’s location. Just remember to hide all hazardous objects before letting them roam around.

Hide and Seek

Turn excess clutter into a game. The entertainment aspect of hide and seek can provide much-needed quiet time to assess each stage of moving. Make sure only safe compartments are accessible, and then let the kids show off their ability to remain invisible. Remember to keep the game fun and exciting by not having them hide for long periods of time.

Basketball

Non-perishable items can be quickly rounded up with a make-shift game of basketball. For example, a laundry basket can collect any clothing that might be lingering. In the same fashion, stuffed animals can also be swiftly thrown into a suitcase. This game can rapidly clear out a home, and it is a perfect way to prepare boxes to be put in an extra storage space unit.

2 minute race

Avoid a traumatic upheaval by packing a separate overnight bag with all of the kid’s sentimentally essential belongings. A child knows best what he or she needs, so devise a fast-paced game to encourage a quick collection of the child’s favorite toys. Observing the selections can provide invaluable insight into the interests of your kids, and the task can efficiently maintain basic comforts while adjusting to the new home.

With the previously mentioned games, any wise parent can reduce the struggles of moving. These five games will calm any child and impart lasting security to usher them through the busy change in location.

About the Author: Marlena Stoddard writes on organization and decor. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn’t spending time with her family or writing, Marlena enjoys running, cooking, and reading.  For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.

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5 simple DIY Halloween costumes

Written by Claire Schneider

Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to pick out this year’s costume! Here are five simple DIY Halloween costumes to help you use up those old moving boxes.

Barbie Box

Barbie themes are timeless and popular Halloween costume options. Why not take it a step further and create a Barbie box costume? You can scale it for an adult or child with the perfect Barbie clothes such as a cocktail dress, prom dress, or, our favorite, red cowgirl boots. For this costume you’ll need:

BarbieBoxCostume• A dish pack box (or wardrobe box for adults)
• Pink spray paint
• Printed Mattel & Barbie logos
• Decorative construction paper
• Tape
• Rope
• Box cutter
• Ruler
• Pencil

Step 1: Tape the top of the box. This will make it easier to cut out the front design.
Step 2: Sketch out the box design. Make sure to leave designated areas for the Mattel and Barbie logos.
Step 3: Use the box cutter to cut out the design and bottom box flaps.
Step 4: Take the box to a well-ventilated area to spray paint.
Step 5: Tape the Mattel and Barbie logos in their designated spaces.
Step 6: Line the inside of the box with decorative construction paper.
Step 7: Use rope to create straps to hold up the costume.

For a visual, watch our instructional video.

Airplane

Your child will be zooming all around the neighborhood in this action-oriented airplane costume! With the addition of a hat and goggles, they will take on the look of a real pilot. There are many different airplane designs you can create, but we decided to go with the classic double fin model.  For this costume you will need the following:

AirplaneCostume• 1 small and 1 large cardboard box
• Spray paint
• 4 wooden dowels
• Box cutter
• Tape
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Aluminum foil
• Rope

Step 1: Remove the flaps of the small box.
Step 2: Cut out two panels of the large box. Then you will need to trace an opening in the middle of both sections. Make sure the opening is a couple inches smaller than the small box. These are your wings.
Step 3: Take the remaining panels of your large box to trace and cut out your propellers. I decided to make mine with rounded edges.
Step 4: Take the box sections to a well-ventilated area to spray paint your desired color.
Step 5: Wrap your wooden dowels and propellers in aluminum foil for a cool metallic touch.
Step 6: Attach each piece using packing tape.
Step 7: Using the rope, create two straps that will hold up the costume.

This costume has a bit more detail. Watch our instructional video for help.

Dice Couple

Pair-o-diceNeed a cute and clever couples costume? Here is a duo dressed as a Pair’o’dice living in Paradise. It’s simple to make and will catch everyone’s attention, especially as you roll down the street.

Supplies:

• 2 large boxes
• White spray paint or fabric
• Black felt
• Fun paradise themed decorations such as a grass skirt, flower lays, flowers, etc.

Frosted Flakes box

Want to coordinate costumes with your little one? Check out what this clever mom created for herself and her little tiger!

Frosted FlakesSupplies:

• Tiger costume
• Large cardboard box
• Baby carrier
• Black, orange, red, blue yellow and white felt
• Box cutter
• Letter stencils
• Rubber cement or glue

 

 

 

iPod

Is your kid a music fanatic? With a little paint, some artistic talent, and a few supplies found around your home, you can easily create an iPod costume for your budding musician.

iPodSupplies:

• Medium-sized cardboard box
• Red and gray paint
• Box cutter
• Poster board
• Rubber cement or glue
• Plastic wrap
• Tape

 

 

 

Make it a shared ensemble and create giant head phones for an elaborate family costume like this dad did with his two sons.

Aple-iPods-with-giant-headphones-kids-and-adult-costume

For more box inspiration, follow us on Pinterest!

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The upside to college internships: Part 7

Hayley Kosloski – Customer Care

Hayley is the second intern I met prior to being hired at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Hayley and I grew up dancing together when we were young.  She is the Customer Care intern and is, and has been since our dancer days, a people person.  Her noticeable ability to communicate effectively and connect with anyone through a conversation is an asset to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s customer service department.  Here is what Hayley had to say about her internship.

HayleyQ: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

A:  I grew up in the Haslett/East Lansing area. I now am attending Michigan State University and will be starting my junior year there in the fall. I currently have two other jobs in addition to my internship; I’m a waitress and a dance teacher.

Q: What made you apply for an internship with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

A: I have been looking to gain experience in a more business focused position, and so when my aunt told me that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was looking for interns, I decided to give it a try.

Q: Can you please briefly describe your usual day-to-day tasks at the office?

A:  When I get to work the first thing I do is listen to the How’s My Driving voicemails and read through all of the Customer Care emails – that takes a while. After that I set aside time to audit job sheets. Lastly I go to the front desk to answer the phones and assist with other reception tasks.

Q: What has been the most valuable thing you have learned here so far?

A:  The most valuable thing I have learned so far is how to manage my time and get everything accomplished.  I work with Customer Care, the FBCs, Training and Development, and Human Resources, so sometimes it is a challenge to make time for everyone and everything.

Q:  Who would you say has been your best teacher or mentor here and why?

A: I have learned a lot of things from a lot of people here, but I would say that my best mentor/teacher has been Denise Drosha (Quality Control Manager).  She always goes out of her way to make sure I know exactly what to do and is always coming up with new projects and tasks for me.

Q: How do you think you will be able to apply what you learn this summer to school, future interviews/jobs or life in general?

A:  The things that I have learned so far will apply to all aspects of my life. I have learned so much about customer service and interacting with people. Being able to communicate and understand peoples’ needs is one of the most important skills to have and will help me a lot in the future.  I have also learned better time management which will help me with school, and lastly I’ve learned a lot about the way all departments work together in a successful business. This knowledge will help me with pretty much any job I get in the future.

Q:  Has your internship taught you anything about your field of study that surprised you?

A: I was surprised to find out that there are so many different departments, people, and aspects to running a successful company. The complex organization was something I was not previously familiar with.

Q: What do you believe is the best aspect of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a large international company?

A:  I believe the best aspect of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is that it started as a family company.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is now a large company, but it has strong core values, and considers them when making any and all decisions, and I think that is due to the family-feel that is still apparent throughout the company.

Q: What is one goal you hope to accomplish this summer/what do you hope to take away from your internship?

A:  I hope to walk away from this internship with a basic knowledge of what it takes to run a successful company since I hope to open one of my own someday.

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

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The upside to college internships: Part 6

Orlando Gillespie – Franchising Development

Coincidentally, Orlando and I attended the same high school and college, and we are now working in the same internship program. But until witnessing Orlando in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® environment, I had not seen the impressive confidence and professionalism which he displays at the office.  When I sat down with Orlando for this interview, I noticed he had a well-spoken manner  about him which will prove to be a valuable asset to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer. Here is what Orlando had to say about his internship:

OrlandoQ: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

A:  I am from East Lansing, Michigan, (woo woo!) and am graduating in December from Michigan State with a supply chain management degree and a minor in philosophy and law. I love sports, hockey and playing some roller hockey, watching sports, spending time on the computer, and reading.

Q: What made you apply for an internship with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

A: I have known the company since I was a kid but recently I met CEO Brig Sorber through a mutual connection, and really liked what he had to say about the company.  He told me a lot about the core values and how they like to treat everyone and it made me really want to pursue the internship.

Q: Can you please briefly describe your usual day-to-day tasks at the office?

A:  I sit in a lot of meetings with both franchisees and the corporate franchising team.  We often discuss whether or not a potential franchisee would be a good match and make decisions. I also often do research on other companies’ franchising strategies and write up a report to share with the team.

Q: What has been the most valuable thing you have learned here so far?

A:  Probably how I have been able to learn many various aspects of business, not just franchising.

Q:  Who would you say has been your best teacher or mentor here and why?

A: I would probably have to say Tom Parks, (Business Developer) because he is always providing real life examples when explaining things to me.  I like how he doesn’t glorify everything, he just tells me straight and to the point.

Q: How do you think you will be able to apply what you learn this summer to school, future interviews/jobs or life in general?

A:   I would have to just say the business skills and general knowledge I’m getting here will help me in the future, no matter what path I take.

Q:  Has your internship taught you anything about your field of study that surprised you?

A: It has taught me how important logistics and the backhaul to a system is and how much money it can save in real life situations if done right.

Q: What do you believe is the best aspect of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a large international company?

A:  The core values are really important; they have a great set of values that I relate to personally.  Also the value the company puts into customer service and how much all of the employees really value their work.

Q: What is one goal you hope to accomplish this summer/what do you hope to take away from your internship?

A:  A goal I have is to bring an idea to the table that will update a systematic process and that the company will continue to use my idea for years to come.

If you are interested in working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit our careers website.

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Making senior moves smooth and simple

Senior CoupleDeciding to move is often the most difficult step in the moving process for seniors. In some instances, they are leaving the home in which they spent a better part of their lives and where they watched their family grow. From Sally taking her first steps to Joe graduating high school, their home symbolizes their past, and leaving that behind can be emotional. However, there are many reasons for seniors to consider moving including retirement, warmer climates, changes in lifestyle, and to be closer to family and friends.

Here are a few tips to guarantee a smooth experience for seniors.

Prepare for your move:

• Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before moving day.

• Start packing several weeks in advance. Pack early to avoid being overwhelmed as moving day draws near.

• For large appliances, check the owner’s manuals to take note of any special instructions for moving.

• As you disassemble furniture and other items, tape all parts to the main base.

• Schedule disconnect times for about a week before you move, including cable, Internet and utilities.

Pack smart

• Always use packing paper. When wrapping fine china and precious items, the ink from printed newsprint can bleed onto your valuables.

• Always stack dishes upward when packing.

• Wrap small items in colored paper. This prevents items such as knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out.

• Use custom boxes designed for the items you are packing. Use dish pack boxes for dishes, wardrobe boxes for clothing.

• Pack all electronic equipment in original boxes. Otherwise use low-static bubble wrap as an alternative.

• Label boxes on top and sides. Mark boxes as they’re packed, labeling boxes containing breakable or sentimental items “fragile.”

• Pack important and sentimental documents separately for easy access, including children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums.

• Keep in mind: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.

• Always tape boxes; don’t interlock the tops.

Pare down expenses:

• Assure packing is done before the day of your move.

• Minimize move time by putting all boxes in a central location – living room or garage are great areas.

• Disassemble furniture such as beds, tables and desks prior to the mover’s arrival.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we realize moving needs are unique for every customer, so we’re ready to customize a move to ensure the best moving experience. Our uniformed movers and drivers undergo extensive training; they are permanent employees and undergo background checks and are subject to random drug testing. They are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed efficiently to keep your moving costs affordable.

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The upside to college internships: Part 5

Emily Wesley – Accounting

Emily is one of two accounting interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc.  My interview with her for this blog was my first opportunity to really sit down and chat with her, but with family in the company, Emily has TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in her blood. She is truly a representation of the company she grew up around.  I sat down with Emily to chat about herself and her experience here.

EmilyQ: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?

A:  I’m from Okemos, Michigan, and went to Okemos High School. I am now going into my junior year at Michigan State University studying accounting in the Eli Broad College. In my free time I enjoy running, shopping, spending time with friends, and playing golf.

Q: What made you apply for an internship with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

A: I got connected to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® through my dad’s position and worked here for a few previous summers.  I was told about the internship program through those connections and decided it would be a great opportunity to get experience in the accounting field.

Q: Can you please briefly describe your usual day to day tasks at the office?

A: I have spent most of my time preparing for ause tax audit, which means going through old payables searching for any possible times where we didn’t pay taxes which we should have, so that we can get them taken care of.

Q: What has been the most valuable thing you have learned here so far?

A:  Seeing how modern companies use computer software to perform their accounting is a valuable skill I didn’t learn in school books.  Having learned how to use this software will be a major plus for my resume, in class, and on future jobs.

Q:  Who would you say has been your best teacher or mentor here and why?

A: As far as a mentor, I would say my dad has been a great influence. He knows a lot about finance and has always been a great help to me.  The most helpful teacher I have had though would probably be Dena Omer, (Quality Control Manager).  She always helps guide me through things and is great about answering any questions I have.

Q: How do you think you will be able to apply what you learn this summer to school, future interviews/jobs or life in general?

A:   I’m yet to have a tax class at Michigan State, so learning hands on about real life tax problems will be a great help to me with future tax classes, as well as future jobs I might get, and talking about what I have learned to interviewers might help me land one.

Q:  Has your internship taught you anything about Accounting that surprised you?

A:  Before my internship I didn’t realize how much of a business’s accounting is done on computers. It was surprising to see how automated a lot of it is, when in school they often teach manual accounting.

Q: What do you believe is the best aspect of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a large international company?

A:  I love the people. Everyone is so friendly and collaborative. It is nice how there is an atmosphere that welcomes collaboration not only between team members but between departments as well.

Q: What is one goal you hope to accomplish this summer/what do you hope to take away from your internship?

A:  One goal I have is to have some of my suggestions on ways to better the accounting systems taken into account. Often times I notice little things that could be changed and I’d like to get them altered by the time I leave. Also I just want to take away a better understanding of all the different aspects and all that goes into the accounting process.

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