-Written by Erik Sargent
The basis of our business is providing the best moving services possible to as many customers as we can, and this starts by hiring the best staff possible at each of our franchise locations.
Our franchisees take this very seriously, and each March, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family embarks on our Career Move Month campaign, which is designed to bring in a wave of new hires at every level of the company as we prepare for our busiest season – summertime.
Kicking off the sixth annual campaign on March 1, all of our more than 350 franchise locations across the country will put on a full-court press of hiring in order to bring on new hires to our frontline positions, management positions, and also at our Home Office location in Lansing, Mich.
“We always feel like Career Move Month is the starting line of race,” said Brian Stern, multi-unit franchisee with locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. “We hire constantly, 12 months out of the year, to account for growth and expansion, but we also never want to miss out on a top candidate. Once Career Move Month hits, we know it’s go-time, and the fun is just starting!”
It’s “go-time” indeed, and although it’s important to have a strong staff year-round for our franchise locations, statistics show the busiest months of moving nationwide occur from May through September. As leaders in the moving industry, we pride ourselves on being as prepared as possible to handle this, and we’re ready to tackle 2018 with our strongest push ever.
As a brand, our goal is to receive 15,000 applications throughout all levels of the company, and we plan on making 1,500 hires through our applicant tracking system during the month of March alone. These are lofty expectations, but we know this is a goal that can be attained given the vast opportunities our system presents.
“Career Move Month is a unique program to help frontline people keep a focus on hiring when they already have many other aspects of the business to focus on,” said Pete Ruffing, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee with locations in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL. “It creates a focus for us all at a time when we need to be as ready as possible before the busy season.”
So just what are our franchisees looking for when they make new hires for Career Move Month? Hard workers, passion, and a commitment to the team!
“Moving in the Northeast is not for the faint of heart,” Stern said. “We are always looking for the right candidates to fill roles in our organization. The right candidates usually have high levels of energy and competency to accompany a heavy customer service mindset.”
Along with finding people who fit the mold of “hard work”, it’s crucial for future team members to match what our company is all about, too. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we live by a detailed set of Core Values, something that is preached and practiced at every level. We encourage our employees and team members to live by these core values, and it’s something that is strongly considered during interviews.
“We look at the prospects’ background and work history, and compare it to the successful movers and drivers currently on our team,” Ruffing said. “If we find an employee who might have a shared background or work experience, we might have better luck retaining them for an extended period of time.”
To see what we are all about as a company, check out this video below!
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