Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. has been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

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As an essential industry business, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. Moving and Storage

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and moving crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and moving crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with work gloves to be worn during the moving process and disinfected both during their work and between customers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with appropriate masks (when available) to be worn during the moving process, as circumstances require.
  • Hansen Bros. is limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.
  • Hansen Bros. is offering Virtual Estimate Appointments! For more information, please visit our Virtual Estimate Appointment page or ask about this terrific option when speaking with one of our professional relocation consultants.

Steps We’re Asking Customers To Take Prior To Our Arrival At Your Residence:

  • Please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing.
  • Please use disinfectant/cleaner to wipe down commonly touched surfaces, objects, door handles, etc. at your residence.
  • Please make a sink, hand soap, and paper towels available to your outside salesperson and moving crew for handwashing during their time within your home.
  • Please keep residence and office windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and less potential containment of germs.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. is proud to continue offering our wide range of services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. Whether you or your business will be moving down the street, across the country, or around the world, we are here to make the process seamless & safe for you just as we’ve done for well over a century.

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage

Tips for finding work in Seattle

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    If you’re in the midst of planning a move to Seattle, you probably already have a lot on your plate. You need to plan out your relocation, hire the best movers in Seattle, pack for the move, clean and set up your new home, and more. But in the chaos of figuring out your relocation, you mustn’t forget that there’s a new life waiting for you on the other side. A part of that new life is the promise of a new job. Finding work in Seattle, however, is not always easy. And with the COVID-19 crisis affecting virtually all industries, getting a new job after moving can be especially difficult right now. That’s why you will need all the help you can get before embarking on a job search!

    Start by searching for work in one of the industries the city is famous for

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    Finding a job in Seattle will be easier if you look in the most represented industries.

    Getting a new job in Seattle can be difficult. Although the unemployment rate typically hovers around 4%, it spiked to almost 20% in April. It’s dropped somewhat since then, but it’s still higher than usual. So, it might be a good idea to have a job lined up before looking into shipping companies in Seattle and finalizing your decision. This will be easier if you look for work in the industries that are currently thriving in Seattle:

    • biotechnology and bioinformatics
    • software development, programming, IT
    • genomics
    • environmental engineering
    • military and aircraft manufacturing
    • lumber and wood processing
    • food and service

    General tips for finding work in Seattle after a move

    Looking for a job in Seattle is not that different from looking for work elsewhere. So, regardless of whether you’re looking for moving companies in Redmond WA or Dallas TX, the steps you take to find work after the relocation will be similar. 

    Use all resources available

    If you want to find a job quickly, you have to look everywhere. Even though there are some large databases of job vacancies, relying on just one of them is going to hinder you in your search. Instead, you should compile a list of websites and databases that you check regularly. In Seattle, those are Work Source Seattle/King County, Work Source WA, and the Seattle Public Library, to begin with. But you can easily expand that list with social media. LinkedIn and Facebook in particular are good for networking and finding work offers.

    Make your Resume stand out

    Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see. It’s your one chance to make a good first impression. So, make sure that you have a visually appealing, well-formatted, and informative resume. Adjust your resume for every new application so that it focuses on the experiences and strengths that are relevant to the position you’re interested in.

    Try to include keywords and phrases from the ad to increase your chances of an interview even when applications go through an automatic screening. Finally, remember that employers read hundreds if not thousands of applications. Make yours interesting with an unusual font, a good photo, a pop of color. But above all else, make sure to keep it professional.

    Be confident during interviews

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    Job interviews are your chance to impress.

    Once you make it through the first round, you need to impress at an interview as well. Dress professionally, arrive on time, show a positive attitude, and be confident in how you present yourself. Convince the interviewer that you are the right person for the job. This is, of course, a skill that takes some practice to master. So, try practicing in front of a mirror or with a friend first.

    Show interest in the company

    One of the most difficult parts of a job interview comes when the interviewer inevitably asks you if you have any questions. Even if you’re perfectly clear on the position and the hiring conditions, you should use this time to express your interest in the company. Read up about them before the interview so you can ask specifics or point to certain aspects of their work you were drawn to. This will leave a good impression on the interviewer and increase your chances of getting hired.

    The best tips for finding work in Seattle during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has entered its third wave in the United States. This has also affected Seattle, with rules and restrictions on public movement and gatherings changing constantly. Your job search may look a bit different from what you’re used to because of this.

    Be flexible and keep an open mind

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    Working from home might end up being a better option for you.

    The way we work has changed drastically during this pandemic. Working from home has become much more common, as have flexible hours and freelancing. Of course, if you’re looking for a career in the moving industry, construction, and manufacturing, service, or something similar, you’ll most likely still perform most of your tasks in person. But you should be open to other possibilities. You may get an offer of a remote position or something part-time. Consider these possibilities as they come. Flexibility like this will open you up to more options. And who knows? You might end up with an even better job than you originally expected.

    Become comfortable with networking online

    Due to restrictions on gatherings and meetings, you might have to do your interview over the phone or online. In order to impress in this situation, follow these tips:

    • Dress professionally for your interview even if you’re staying at home
    • Set your camera up in a clean, clutter-free area of the home for video interviews
    • Get familiar with the platform you’re using to avoid any awkward technical issues
    • Test your skills out with someone to make sure your setup works properly

    Learn a new skill

    It’s become a quarantine cliche but using your free time at home to pick up a new skill or improve your proficiency at something you already know is a good idea. There are tons of free resources online from YouTube videos to Discord servers to specialty websites. And many schools are offering online courses too – to learn how to code or start speaking another language, for example. Finding work in Seattle will be easier if you have more to offer. And what better time to beef up your resume than now?

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