Sunday Spotlight is a weekly publication highlighting individual Bekins employees, agents and drivers and the unique talents, interests and hobbies each has.
Every year, the Bekins corporate office welcomes temporary staff to help with the increase in moves that occur during the busy summer months. In her own words, read on to hear about working at Bekins Van Lines from the Sales & Marketing’s summer help, Brittan Leonardo.
I’m no expert in the moving industry. This is my first “big kid job”. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous on my first day at Bekins. I tried to ease my nerves by reminding myself that I’m not completely foreign to the concept of moving. After all, I have moved five times and lived in four different states, so maybe working at the company won’t be much different? As I walking into the doors of the office, I didn’t know anyone or have any idea of what to expect. As I was led to the Sales & Marketing department the nerves only grew. At that moment though, I saw my very own cubicle where one of my co workers had written “Welcome Brittan!” on my whiteboard. I immediately relaxed and realized, just as promised, that everyone who works here is friendly and welcoming.
I was instantly thrown into the thick of things and assigned several projects to aid the Sales & Marketing teams. One of my first projects, and one of the biggest, was updating our agent’s web listings on our company Web site. In order to do this, I had to go through each and every page and contact every agent that didn’t have personalized information and get them to fill out a form. There were A LOT of agents (370 to be exact!) and convincing them to fill out a form during busy season is not as easy as you might think. After a few weeks of emailing, calling, and having to repeat my name a million times, the responses started to roll in. After uploading the information, the Web site is slowly but surely being updated.
My favorite project that I was assigned was researching all the major cities in the United States. I was responsible for finding the city’s social media sites, traveler’s information sites and researching fun facts about the city. This information was then used for the This Is Moving: America series on the Bekins blog site written by Online Content Development Specialist, Meredith Slavens.
The summer is coming to a close though and my time as an employee at Bekins is slowly coming to an end. I still have the “Welcome Brittan!” written on my whiteboard, as if it’s still my first day. I’m also still as busy as ever with new projects and tasks to complete. Looking back, this position has definitely challenged me, and has also introduced me to some really great people. I can only hope that I have another summer ahead of me working at Bekins Van Lines.
Brittan is a sophomore at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. and is studying Social Studies Education. Her dream job would be teaching high school AP Government or AP US History in a high school. She is very active on campus through her sorority, Phi Mu as well as Purdue’s new student orientation program, Boiler Gold Rush. In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin and doing anything outdoors.