What We’re Looking for When Hiring a Mover

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City is almost always looking for movers and drivers to add to our team. As a local franchise we have grown every consecutive quarter since we opened almost ten years ago. Because of this, we recruit regularly, to train new people and have them discover the value of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as an employer. Our movers and drivers are the forefront of our business success. They work directly with customers, and create the positive experience that is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City’s point of pride. The reason we have over a 96% referral rating is because our movers and drivers work hard everyday to exceed the company reputation with quality customer service.

Many people come through the doors of our office looking for a job, with very few or no expectations. Being a professional mover takes skill, endurance, and a commitment to professionalism. We have a strong training program to teach all of our new hires about our core values, how we operate, and the practical skills necessary for this occupation. Some people come from backgrounds in the same business, while others are  new. We accept all skill and experience levels, as long as the applicant has confidence and the ability to work through long days. But the attributes that make a candidate really stand out are:

  • Punctuality – We begin the work day early, so that our customers can optimize their time and schedule. This means that we need our moving and driving teams ready to dispatch between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. Being on time, if not early, is essential to our success. Movers and drivers are expected to be ready for work in the morning – in uniform and ready to leave at the scheduled time. Because our schedules run lean, this is the most important quality we expect from all employees.
  • Interpersonal skills – Movers and drivers work in small teams, so it’s essential that they can cooperate and collaborate on the job. When some is on their first job, they will be partnered with an experienced trainer, who will show them what to do and how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® performs our service. The ability to read others’ feelings and frustrations, along with the ability to deal with personal emotions is essential to this job. We look for candidates who can relate well and work with others in a professional, collaborative manner.
  • Empathy – This job can be tough, especially if you’re working more than eight hours in the heat or have to do an overnight trip. But as hard as it is for us, its even harder sometimes for our customers. They are typically stressed before we arrive, dealing with all sorts of problems that we don’t know about. We expect our movers and drivers to show empathy for our customers’ situations, by beginning and completing the move with a positive attitude. By letting the customer (and your team) see your proactive attitude and empathy for their stress, you create a more productive work environment.
  • Endurance and stamina – Moving furniture is not easy. You spend the day lifting, carrying, and maneuvering in small spaces. Our movers develop great physical stamina, but it helps if candidates are in relatively good shape before they apply. Of course, we do not discriminate based on anyone’s physical stature. Endurance is a mindset more than a metric. If you want to work a little on your strength and endurance before applying, check out this workout video of our movers.
  • Goal orientation – Everyone has some idea of what they would like their future to look like. And at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  we have plenty of opportunities for movers and drivers to advance their career. We have four current office and management team members who started as movers. We like to train our staff internally and develop their careers within the Two men system. So, starting as a mover could mean more opportunity in the future!

If you have these qualities, or believe that working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would empower you to develop these skills, call us and ask about our current job openings. Or, you can visit https://careers.twomenandatruck.com/ and search for your local team.

 

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June is Biggest Month for Business Growth

This month, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City has seen the greatest growth in revenue since our opening in 2006. With more and more people trusting in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® name, we’ve seen consistent growth every month since we opened. Franchisee Sean Wise says, “We’re one of the only franchises that’s never stopped growing. Its because of our commitment to customer service and exceptionally high customer referral rating.”

Nationwide, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has an average 96% customer referral rating, which is remarkable. In Panama City, we were retained a 98% referral rating (4.9 out of 5 stars) by our customers in the month of June. Some of the comments we received on our reply cards recently include:

“Two Men and a Truck is outstanding! Rio and Demetrius make an awesome team. They were very polite and definitely knew how to do their job well. They were very efficient and used their time well to get the job done quickly and professionally. I will recommend Two Men and a Truck and I will definitely use them again. (This was our second time using them.)” – Tina

“My moving experience was far, far better than I ever expected. It was actually enjoyable. The team of James, Wilson and Jay were 100% professional and they were beyond good. We have 100 plus year old antique wood furniture and they took fabulous care of it and everything else. I will be moving again within the year and I will definitely be using Two Men and a Truck. I cannot over emphasize how impressed I was with the moving crew. They were professional, personable and seemed to care about taking care of our belongings. Salute to Two Men and a Truck for a job very well done.” – Bill

With five weekends in July, we expect next month to be even bigger. Summer is the busiest time of the year for our company, as many families take the summer vacation from school as an opportunity to move with children. In Florida, the summer heat can be hard on our moving teams, yet they show up everyday ready to work and dedicated to making the customer experience a positive one.

 This weekend, the franchise network at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is expected to book 5,400 moves this upcoming weekend, from June 25-26. Not only is our local reputation growing, but our national brand recognition increases every year. People trust TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because we consistently provide the highest level of customer service, and promise to all of our customer that we will treat their belongings with the greatest of care.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is licensed, bonded, and insured, and hires full-time movers and drivers. We don’t employ day laborers. Its in our company mission to exceed in value, from the merit of our employees to the safety standards and precautions we take as a professional moving company.
Visit our website to see why we’re the fastest growing moving franchise nationwide!

 

Social media photo contest kicks off TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s busy move season

All you need is a camera and a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® truck – and maybe a couple movers – to win the summer social media contest, Spot-A-Truck. It’s simple!

Spot a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving truck this summer and snap a photo. Submit the photo on TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City’s Facebook page between now and Sunday, July 31, to win two general admissions tickets to the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. This offer is worth $298, and gets you in for three days of the nation’s best country music stars. When you see our trucks, make sure you seize the photo opportunity!

Get creative! Involve movers, drivers, and even boxes to boost your photo mojo. Entrants can advance by promoting their photos to friends and family and encouraging them to vote. Voting will be open from the end of the contest, July 31. At the end of the contest, the photo with the most likes will declare victory and take the prize. Winners will be announced Monday, August 1.

For official rules, visit our Facebook page!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the largest franchised moving company both in the United States and internationally. Currently there are more than 280 national locations and 1,800 trucks operating in the U.S.; in total, the company operates 311 locations and 1,900 trucks. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has performed more than five million moves since its inception in 1985. Each location is independently owned and operated, and the Panama City location is one of the fastest-growing franchise locations across the nation. For more information about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Panama City, visit our website.

Resources for Moving to Florida

There are endless reasons why Florida is one of the best places to move across the country. It will feel like you’re on vacation everyday when you drive along the beaches, feel the sunshine on your back, and have fresh seafood available at almost any local restaurant within ten minutes of home. Why settle for a just vacation in paradise? The Florida Panhandle has an average low cost of living, an expanding job market, and plenty of small communities that are designed for families. But before you move, we have some resources for you to plan and prepare for your move:

  • Getting Your Florida Driver’s License – To apply for a Florida driver’s license, you’ll need to go to the local DMV, bringing a primary identification, proof of social security, and two proofs of residence. If you currently have a valid driver’s license in another state, then you will only need to pass the vision and hearing tests. For more information on obtaining your license, click here.
  • Finding a New Job – Many people move to Florida for a career opportunity. Our economy is driven by many growing industries, including tourism, agriculture, international trade, aviation, and financial services. But maybe you want to move for other reasons, or you are moving due to a partner or family member’s promotion. If you’re looking for job opportunities, check out the Florida Job Seekers search tool on the State of Florida website. You can search by industry or job title keywords and location. This feature is powered by the popular job listing site, Indeed.com.
  • Florida Real Estate Listings – Maybe you’re not quite ready to move yet, but are looking to find a real estate investment in Florida. You can use Zillow.com to find homes available, categorized by list price, zip code, and date posted. You can also look at this Guide to Florida Real Estate for recommendations.
  • Florida School Information – Moving with children? Maybe you’re planning to start your family life in Florida. Either way you’ll want to have all the information about the Florida school system. At the Florida DOE website, you can look for public, private, and charter schools, and find special programs or information about school choice. There is a resource center for parents available on the home page.
  • Cost of Living Comparisons – Many people hesitate to move to Florida because they worry the cost of living increase will be too high. Surprisingly, Florida is between 5% below and 10% above the U.S. average, depending on the city you choose. Rural areas are usually 5% below, while major metro areas in south Florida like Ft. Lauderdale tend to be on the higher end. You can use this cost of living comparison tool of major cities in Florida.

Of course, when its time to find a moving company, you know to call Two Men and a Truck! We do both local and long-distance moving, and offer full-service packing so you don’t have to lift a single box during the moving process. If you need a moving estimate, you can visit our webpage or call us at (850) 366-6009.

What to Get Your Husband for Father’s Day

Your husband is one incredible man. He’s your support, your friend, and most importantly, the father to your children. And this weekend it the perfect time to show him just how much you and the kids appreciate all that he does for the family. father’s Day may be for the kids, but it’s also a time for you to celebrate a shared parenthood experience. We have just a few ideas for how you can show your husband how much you love him for being “just dad.”

Sometimes your man wants something specific – maybe accessories for the car or tickets to see his favorite ball game. But most of the time, men are hard to shop for. if you ask what they want, they’ll tell you “I don’t know,” or “whatever you get will be fine.” And though that’s true (they really don’t know), it can be difficult to find the right father’s Day gift with no ideas. So, instead of searching for one perfect gift, why not try a father’s Day basket, filled with goodies that will fit your husband’s everyday life.

You can fill this basket with almost anything. But we have a list of ideas to get you started!

  1. A new tie – something dad-related
  2. Cuff links – for the businessman
  3. Gift cards to his favorite store
  4. Flavored popcorn or kettle corn
  5. His favorite candy or other small snacks
  6. A homemade gift card, for things like “free car wash” or “date night to X restaurant”
  7. Tickets to a concert
  8. Homemade cookies
  9. Shower gel
  10. Shaving cream (check out this nice shaving gift set)
  11. Pocket knife or fishing lure
  12. A bottle of wine to share
  13. A new wallet
  14. A new belt
  15. Shoe polishing set

If you have any other ideas, let us know! You can share them on our Facebook page, or contact us by visiting the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK website.

 

 

Movers of the Month for June 2016

This month, we want to recognize two men who have dedicated a combined _ years to our company, as the top rated employees for June. Both received all 5-star reviews from our customers, and we want to recognize them for their hard work and commitment to customer service. James Abbot and John Kelley, the two brothers who we recognize today, stand as a testimony to the kind of integrity we aspire to instill in all of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® staff.

John Kelley has worked here for over four years. After a career in the military he decided to move back to Panama City, working in the place where he and his brother James had lived all their lives. He loves being in a fast-paced environment, and helping customers in times of stress. As a mover, he is helping people who genuinely need it, and says that this is the best company he’s worked for in his years in the industry. 

James, our Mover of the Month for Ft. Walton, has worked at Two Men and a Truck for many years. John, his brother, recommended he apply because he believed it was such a great place to work. James enjoys getting to meet new customers and be active while on the job. Two Men and a Truck is like his second home, a place where he is with family all day. Plus, James says that since working here, he fells healthier and more fit than ever before!

We’re very grateful to have both John and James as part of our team, and hope they continue to love being one of our Movers Who CareThey are leaders in their own way, showing their team members that customer service means more than just getting the job done. They work efficiently, but still take the time to treat every person (their coworkers, their customer, and people in the community), with respect. They lead my example in their character and positive attitude. It’s hard not to be inspired by two men who maintain a great spirit even though they work in one of the toughest jobs available. If James or John are your movers in the future, make sure to tell them thanks!

6 Things to Remember for Your Interview with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is always busiest during the summer. We have many newly hired employees who shined in their interviews, and we’re excited to have them as part of our team! If you’re looking for a summer job,  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great place to start. We offer a living wage to our employees, with opportunity to grow within the company. Four of our current office staff members in Panama City and Destin started as movers, and because of their hard work were promoted to customer service and management positions. That could be you!

No matter where you go, you’ll want to prepare for the interview in advance. You can only make one good first impression, and these guidelines will help the interview go smoothly. If you want to impress your future boss, follow these six tips:

  • Read the company mission statement and recent news. To you, this may be just the next job. But to your interviewer, this company is integral to their career. Businesses want to know that you can follow the spirit of their brand, and will fit in with the company culture. If you don’t even know what that means to them, you won’t be able to show why you’re the right fit for the job. Be well-informed about the company history, their recent successes, and what their business is all about.
  • Refine your resume. You should ideally have two resumes – one that is a comprehensive list of your past experiences and educational achievements, and the other which you specifically tailor to the job for which you’re applying. An employer doesn’t need to know about every job you’ve had in the last five years (unless you’ve only had one or two); they want to learn about relevant experience to the position you want at their business. Make your resume personalized to highlight your qualifications and skills related to the position or industry.
  • Be personable, and be a listener. People hire those who they like, not necessarily those who are qualified. This is because social and human relations skills are more important than pure knowledge in most jobs. A company wants to know that you can relate to customers, and can work with the team that’s already in place. Don’t talk about yourself too much; just let them ask questions and when you answer, follow up with an educated question about the company. Remember, you’re also interviewing the company, to see if they offer the kind of work that meets your skills and goals.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. The last thing you want is to be rushed, flustered, or anxious during an interview. Leave the house with plenty of time to be early, step into the office, and take a few minutes to calm your nerves. You should take a moment to breathe and prepare your most confident self. And remind yourself that you are 100% qualified to be there, and to be their next employee.
  • Present yourself professionally. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we don’t expect our movers to show up to work in dress pants or collared shirts everyday. But we do expect that they show up to work clean, mentally prepared, and that they leave any negative emotions at the door. This is exactly what you should do at your interview. You don’t have to look your best (because a decent employer will be more impressed with your experience and demeanor than your clothes), but take some time to pick clean and professional business attire, have a polished appearance, and present your resume and cover letter in a way that’s neat and easy to read.
  • Be exceptional. his last one is the easiest, yet the most difficult to understand. You know what makes you exceptional – everyone does. Everyone has one trait, or a set of skills that makes them stand out among others. You may not be the best (you may not even think you’re fully qualified for this job), but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn! So make the effort to show your interviewer that you are more than a job application. You are the best that their company can have. Just show it!

If you’re currently looking for a job, check out the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Careers website. It’s constantly updated with opportunities for people to launch their careers at the fastest growing moving company in the U.S. Join our team today!

 

#SpotATruck Contest 2016!

It’s summer time!

Which means that our trucks are everywhere. So we’ve designed a way that our community can get involved this summer with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City by sponsoring a free photo contest. This campaign supports the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, where every year we volunteer our services. We want the community to get involved, and  have some fun spotting our trucks as we help more people move forward in Panama City. All you have to do is upload a picture of one our trucks around Panama City, and get your friends to vote for your photo!

Here’s what you do.

To enter, you must spot a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® truck and take a picture of it, submit your accurate contact information on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® promotion page, and upload your photo of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® truck from your computer, Facebook, or Instagram. Participants may submit photos starting June 3 through July 31.

Prizes

The grand prize winner who receives the most votes will receive two general admission tickets to the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. The winner will be announced August 1.

Get Involved.

Now is the time to take that creative picture, while we are in our busiest season. We chose these next two months to run this photo contest, because everyday we are booked to max capacity for our moves. We know you’ll see a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team in your neighborhood at least once this summer. So keep your phones out, and be ready to take the photo that could win you two tickets to Panama City’s biggest music festival!

Click here to enter.

De-Stress on the Day of Your Move

We all know moving is stressful. In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 adults showed that 62% reported moving as the most stressful life event they’ve ever experienced. It topped both divorce and starting a new job – we didn’t expect that!

Moving is so stressful because there is never enough time, enough space, or enough boxes to pack everything. So how you you unwind when the pre-move To Do List keeps surmounting? We have a few ideas that you can try, in the weeks and days before the final moving day.

  1. Plan with our Moving Checklist. We recommend you use this, not just because we use it, but because it was created by the very people who deal with moving every single day. Our team wrote this moving guide based on experiences reported from our customers over the years. It will take you through the steps of moving, an entire month before the final day.
  2. Streamline the process with technology. Most people reported that the most stressful moments of their move involved redirecting mail, updating contacts, and planning for travel time. But, today there are apps for everything out there. You can use websites that will update addresses and mail for you, can help you plan routes that avoid interstates and have rest stops (especially important for moving with children), and send emails to your friends to let them know you’re new address.
  3. Pack your bags. We don’t mean your moving boxes. Set aside a travel bag that has your essentials – electronics, chargers, snacks, music, written directions, and everything else you would pack as if you were going on vacation. This will help you as you’re travelling, so you don’t have to dig or be inconvenienced if you left something in your packing boxes.
  4. Take the kids out of the house. On the day of the move, see if you can find a babysitter or a friend who can take your kids out while the movers are packing. The kids will either be grumpy or very excited. You need to focus on the preparation, while still making sure the family gets through the process smoothly.

If you need more help, check out this post on 6 Things People Do To Complicate Their Move. It can help you in the planning process, to make sure you don’t add on the stress as you get ready for the big day. And if you’re ready to start looking for a moving service, contact our office for more details.  We want to help you de-stress on your moving day!

Things to Know Before Moving to Florida

Florida has made it on the Top Ten list of states to live in the U.S. We live on a peninsula, which means beach access no matter where you live. You can expect mild weather, plenty of attractions to visit, and small towns that are great places to live and raise a family. We know everything that’s both good and bad about living in Florida, and want to share with you some things to consider when preparing to move:

  1. We have no seasons. Its a running joke to Floridians that we wear flip-flops and shorts all year long; yes, even on Christmas! Summer experiences the greatest change in temperature, but for the rest of the year Florida stays around 70 degrees, with a slight breeze and fair humidity. We’ve only had snow in Panama City once – its nice to know you won’t have to worry about packing long winter coats when you move! Just prepare for the summer heat, and you’ll adapt just fine.
  2. Everything is casual. Since you can wear flip-flops and shorts all year long, most people do! Beachside restaurants and entertainment venues almost always have a casual dress code, even ones with 5-star ratings. Of course business casual is the same in Florida as it would be in any other state, but when you’re out on the town, don’t worry too much about your outfit. No matter what you  wear, you’ll fit right in.
  3. Your hair will get lighter, and your skin will get tanner. Yep, you’ll be spending a lot of time outside. Many businesses are based outdoors, and Florida’s ecotourism is widely popular no matter what area you live in. It’s actually best if you wear sunscreen at all times during the summer, not just on beach days.
  4. You’ll never want seafood from anywhere else. Florida locals know that the seafood we get on the Gulf is better than anything shipped from other states. Once you move to Florida, you will understand the difference between fresh and frozen, especially when you see the boats in the morning, unloading the day’s fresh catch and taking them to the various local restaurants around town.
  5. Hot and humid are not the same thing. It gets hot in summer all around the country. But the  difference between heat in Arizona and heat in Florida is significant, because if the high humidity that we experience. When so close to the coastline, the air is moist and heavy. Typically there is not breeze. 80 degrees with humidity will feel like 120 degrees anywhere else. This doesn’t make a Florida summer day any less enjoyable, but it will take you by surprise if you’re from a dry climate.

Keep these little nuances in mind, as you prepare to move to the world’s most beautiful beaches! When you get closer to the day of the move, call Two Man and a Truck to receive a free estimate. We look forward to serving you!