TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®: Not just a job, a career

Written by Claire Schneider

To end our second annual Career Move Month, we will share Nick Popoff’s story of how he made a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® career move. Nick was a driver/trainer at our Lansing, Mich., franchise and recently joined the Home Office team as a field training and development specialist.

When Nick started as a mover at the Lansing franchise he thought it would be a “get by” job. He soon realized it was the start of a major career move. And he was right! In his new role, Nick now visits our more than 240 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the U.S. to help train staff and ensure our teams are safe while exceeding our customers’ expectations with every move.

Nick isn’t alone in discovering the opportunities TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has to offer. In fact, 75% of our management started elsewhere in the company.

The video below was taken a few months prior to Nick’s promotion. Watch this video and see what Nick has learned about the career opportunities and recognition at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Has Nick’s story inspired you? We still have many positions open across the country including movers/drivers, customer service representatives, managers, and much more. Apply today!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®: Hiring quality employees

Written by Claire Schneider

the_shunks_-_fd_site_imageFinding top people with the right attitude is a daily battle for any business owner. Our Career Move Month helps to alleviate this stress and by recruiting talented folks who embody the caring and can-do attitude required to be a part of a big business. Dan and Rene Shunk, franchisees of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Bloomington and Central Ill., know the struggles of finding quality employees. They strive to help their employees not only succeed in their roles but also to grow with the business. See how they move people forward in the following interview:

Q: What are your and Dan’s business backgrounds?

Rene: I have a B. S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois. I worked for over 10 years in research and business development within the agriculture industry. My specialty was research project management and development focused on multi-partner, multi-year research programs with an emphasis on commercialization of new technology.

Dan has a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois and a MBA from Washington University. He worked for over 10 years in the heavy equipment industry in sales and branch management. His focus was on selling a high quality product and then servicing that product with excellent customer service.

Q: How long have the two of you been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Rene: We both started with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in 2008 and haven’t looked back.

Q: What has been your experience with hiring quality employees?

Rene: Hiring quality employees is the biggest challenge in a small business. Anyone first starting out is an unknown in terms of what type of employer they will be. Add to that the inherent difficulty of finding qualified applicants for each open position.

Q: In your eyes, what makes a good team member?

Rene: People usually answer this question with “attitude” and that is the simplest and most honest answer. Work ethic is really significant along with a willingness to work closely with others to see the company succeed. People must be motivated by helping our customers to really enjoy this type of work.

Q: Have you recently promoted someone from within the system? If so, why?

Rene: Yes, we have recently promoted several drivers into both team leader roles and assistant manager positions. They are learning new skills, are helping the business expand, and are providing leadership to new hires. We’re really excited to be able to offer more opportunities for these loyal employees to grow in their careers.

Q: How do you feel TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® allows you to promote from within?

Rene: In the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® culture there is no downside to having customer-facing experience. Each of these team members are viewed as a valuable part of the system, and cultivating a happy team is vital to our success. There are many resources available to encourage promotion including training programs and mentors who have taken those same paths from their start on the front line.

Why do you feel Career Move Month is so important to your business?

Rene: Career Move Month allows us to spotlight the many ways a person could have a terrific career with us, and the initiative allows our potential employees to see the full spectrum of opportunities beyond just viewing us as a small company at the local level. It has enhanced our recruiting efforts, generating more attention to positions which are available at our franchise.

Q: How would you describe the culture at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Rene: Our personal mission has always been to provide not only a great service to our customers but to provide a great place for our employees to work. We chose to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system because of a culture which values our customers, employees, and community.

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

Endless career opportunities present. Apply now!

Written by Lindsay Dow

Brian Stern is the general manager of six Chicago locations and has held almost every franchise position imaginable during his eight years with the company. The proof is there; opportunities are endless at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Brian strives to become a franchisee one day, and it all stemmed from his job as a mover eight years ago. See what else he has to say about his time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Q: When were you hired at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: I’ve been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since January 2006.

Q: What’s your current position and job responsibilities?

Brian: Currently I’m the General Manager. I manage day-to-day operations and sales, manage and maintain our safety program, ensuring compliance with Home Office, DOT, state, and FMCSA rules and regulations, and fleet management.

Q: What positions have you held in the company?

Brian: I started out as a driver but I’ve had many jobs during my years at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.  I then worked my way up and became a driver, trainer, customer service representative, in-home consultant, operations manager, and general manager.

Q: What interested you about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: The atmosphere and people I work with daily.

Q: How do you see yourself progressing at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Brian: I’d love to one day open my own franchise and continue to be a leader in our franchise system.

Q: So far, what’s your favorite memory of working in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system?

Brian: When I was given the opportunity to open our Chicago locations as general manager. I was able to see a startup location grow from two trucks to over 40 in four to five years. It has been the most gratifying accomplishment thus far in my career. Not so much due to the number of trucks we put on the road every day, but more so the amount of peoples’ lives we provide our great service to daily.

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

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Frontline MVP award winner Trista Roland

CMM2014_FBCoverDuring Career Move Month we’re sharing stories about our incredible team members across the nation. Today we feature Trista Roland’s story!

Trista is a customer service representative at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Flint location and has shown tremendous drive and passion, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. She recently won the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Frontline MVP Award and was recognized at the company’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this week. Unlike traditional MVP awards, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® MVP award represents Mission, Values, and Purpose, and seeks to recognize those who are committed to the foundation of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Watch this video to see Trista’s story!

Check out how you can become part of the team on our careers website!

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.

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Written by Claire Schneider

Before I began working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., I was one of the many people who thought the company only consists of movers, drivers and customer service representatives. When I first heard TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. was hiring, I wasn’t interested because I knew I could not move heavy furniture. My husband then urged me to just see what types of positions they were looking for, so I did. I had heard of the company before, but I thought it was just a local business and didn’t realize, until I began looking at the positions, that it was actually something much greater.

Claire SchneiderI am now the Social Media Specialist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. and, unlike a lot of my friends, I am actually working in the field I got my college degree in and I love it! I have learned so much about this great company and feel really proud to be part of all it stands for.

Part of my job as Social Media Specialist is to work with the franchises on how to improve their social media presence. With Career Move Month approaching, there was one conversation that really stuck out to me and that was with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Troy’s Nicole Trice.

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Nicole Trice

Nicole moved to Michigan last September from Nashville, Tennessee and has a communications degree from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is now working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Troy as a Customer Service Representative and manages their social media. I loved how eager Nicole was to learn how she could improve their social media presence. So when I was thinking of ideas to showcase Career Move month, I decided to ask Nicole to answer some questions for me for a blog post to show how there are so many opportunities and different positions at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

What was the position you applied for?

I applied for the Customer Service Representative position, which is the marketing one as well.

What made you decide to apply for a position at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I decided to apply at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because the position would give me an opportunity to apply the experience that I learned from years of customer service and to gain experience associated with my Communications degree.

How are you balancing both positions?

I like to think that I am a very organized person. I make a list each day of the tasks that I want to accomplish by the end of the day. As I go through the day, I mark the items off. I start the day off as a CSR and I do the social media aspect throughout the day.

What things do you like about being a CSR? And what have you learned?

Honestly, I was a server for 5 years and being a CSR is very similar. I have learned that there is a different approach when speaking to a customer over the phone compared to in person. I like that I don’t have to serve food to people!

What do you like about being in charge of social media? And what have you learned?

I like getting to expand our reach to people. I can let people see that we are real people that care about how we move the customer. I like that I get to see other people’s ideas and I learn something new every day. I have learned how important a Facebook and Twitter are to the business world today. I am learning how to manage websites, blogs and all aspects of social media.

 What are some challenges you have been faced with having both positions?

It does get tough balancing both positions. I do wish I had a little bit more time to focus on conquering the social media aspect.

 Is there anything else that you think people would like to know about how it is to work at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

We get to help one of the most stressful moments in a person’s life!

There are so many positions like mine and Nicole’s at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and now with Career Move Month, we are looking to accomplish our goal of 10,000 applications during the month of April. If we reach our goal we will donate $5,000 to Dress for Success. Take a look at our new Career website for positions in your area!

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