Murray Resources Honored as University of Houston Cougar 100 Company for 3rd Consecutive Year

September 14th, 2016

 

Recognizing the Fastest Growing Houston University of Houston-Owned or Managed Companies in the World

Houston, Texas (September, September 14, 2016) – The University of Houston has recognized Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, as a member of the 2016 Cougar 100, honoring the fastest-growing companies in the world, owned or operated by University of Houston alumni. 2016 marks the third consecutive year Murray Resources has made the list.

Cougar 100 was launched in 2014 by the University of Houston Alumni Association to identify the 100 fastest growing companies that are Cougar-owned or-led. Honorees will be recognized at an Awards Lunch on October 26th at the Bayou City Event Center. The Cougar 100 list will be printed in a special section of the Houston Business Journal on October 28th and will be distributed to the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin markets.

“We are thrilled to once again be recognized as one of the fastest growing University of Houston-led businesses in the world. And to receive the award three years in a row is a testament to the amazing employer and candidates who place their trust in us every day – and the consistent work our team does to match top companies with the very best talent. We thank the University of Houston for this incredible honor,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

About Murray Resources

Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT / technology, light industrial, management / leadership, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. Murray Resources’ 95% Performance Evaluation Score represents one of the highest placement satisfaction rates in the industry. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal.

For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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Murray Resources Named to Inc. 5000 List for Third Time

August 17th, 2016

Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and Inc.com as one of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States.

(Houston, TX – August 17, 2016) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, announced today that it has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States. A three-time Inc. 5000 honoree, Murray Resources has achieved a 40 percent growth rate since 2012.

The Inc. 5000 list ranks private companies according to percentage revenue growth, with the 2016 list based on the % increase in revenue between 2012 and 2015. Past Inc. 5000 companies have included Intuit, LinkedIn, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Dell, Oracle, and hundreds of other notable alumni.

“Being named to the Inc. list for the third time is a true honor, as well as a testament to our team’s unwavering dedication to the dynamic companies and talented candidates with whom they work every day. This recognition would not be possible without our incredible team and the clients and job seekers who trust us to help them make some of the most important decisions in their lives. ” said Marsha Murray, the company’s founder and president.

Ms. Murray started Murray Resources in January 1988 with a $2,000 loan, which she used to purchase a typewriter, business cards, and a brochure. Almost 30 years later, the firm has grown to count over 800 companies as clients, including twelve Fortune™ 1000 organizations. Murray Resources has placed thousands of job seekers in roles ranging from administrative assistants to c-level executives.

“I’m extremely proud of the growth we’ve been able to achieve over the past three years, but I’m even more excited about what the future holds. We’re continuing to enter new geographic markets and staffing verticals, while adding complementary services such as our new career coaching service www.resumespice.com. Our growth translates into more opportunities to achieve our mission of matching dynamic employers with talented candidates.” said Keith Wolf, Murray Resources’ managing director.

Over the last three years, Murray Resources has expanded to The Woodlands, Sugarland, Downtown, Galleria, and Pearland by opening ‘by appointment only’ offices. Austin and Dallas ‘by appointment only’ offices were added in 2015 and later that year Murray Resources completed its first acquisition in the company’s history by purchasing Kingwood Personnel. The acquisition also marked Murray Resources’ first brick and mortar expansion outside of the firm’s main office in West Houston’s Energy Corridor.

The 35th Annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala will be held October 18-20, 2016, at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio. Featured keynote speakers include Tony Robbins, Marvell Technology’s Weili Dai and New Belgium Brewing’s Kim Jordan.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT / technology, management / leadership, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. Murray Resources’ 95% Performance Evaluation Score represents one of the highest placement satisfaction rates in the industry. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

 

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3 Pre-Interview Steps Every Employer Must Take

May 3rd, 2016

As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that conducting effective interviews is part art, part science. The right approach can help you screen out weak candidates and focus on top talent. But the wrong approach can lead you into a world of trouble – in the form of a hiring mistake. To help you in the process, here’s are 3 pre-interview steps you should take before you even schedule your first interview:

Create the team.

Set up a planning meeting to develop the interview teams for both first and second round interviews. The first round interviews might simply be conducted by an HR representative and the hiring manager. The second round of interviews, though, can include other company leaders who would work with the new hire, potential co-workers, internal customers and any other important stakeholders. At this point, you should also plan out the interview and follow-up process with the team.

Develop the questions.

Work with the interview team to develop the first round of screening questions they should ask. These should include more basic questions about each candidates’ background and expertise, such as “Tell us about yourself,” and “Why are you interested in working for this company?”

Also, work out behavior-based questions that interviewers in the second round should ask, like “Tell me about a time you had to handle an angry customer.” In addition, you can include scenarios, role plays, and ask the candidate how they would solve a certain problem or overcome a particular obstacle.

Whatever questions you do come up with, just be sure to ask all candidates the same basic ones so it’s easy to make comparisons later on about each individual.

Train the interviewers.

Each member of the interviewing team should be assessing different aspects of the employee, such as experience, technical skills, cultural fit, communication skills, etc. When you take this approach, the team will be more likely to notice and assess the full spectrum of a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

When assessing a candidate, team members should also be trained to be as specific as possible. For instance, rather than noting a candidate has “weak communication skills,” they should be note the candidate’s lack of eye contact or vague answers. This will make the process of evaluating each candidate and making a final hiring decision far easier.

Would you like to outsource interviewing – or the entire hiring process to the staffing experts? Call Murray Resources. As leading Houston recruiters, we can take the hassle out of hiring  – all so you can focus on other priorities while still gaining access to high quality talent. Contact us today to learn more.

Contractor or Employee? What’s the Difference – and Why It Matters

April 19th, 2016

You know you need to hire. But should you bring a contractor or employee on board? As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows there are pros and cons to both.

For instance, with a contractor, you can save on labor costs and overhead, reduce your liability as an employer, and enjoy more flexibility. In fact, according to some reports, companies can save as much as 30% by avoiding payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation coverage, and benefits normally provided to full-time employees.

On the other hand, sometimes you need a long-term solution and a regular, full-time employee is the answer. Employees are also likely going to be more loyal to your company than a contractor, helping you to achieve and sustain long-term business objectives.

Regardless of what you do decide, it’s important to ensure that you’re classifying these workers correctly – or you can end up in legal hot water.

Misclassification of an employee as a contractor can lead to costly back taxes (income, Social Security and Medicare) along with penalties. In addition, you might also have to reimburse them for the wages that should have been paid to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act, such as overtime and minimum wage.

It’s much easier to classify employees and contractors correctly from the start. And it doesn’t matter what your contract or written agreement with a worker says. Even if you both agree on the terms of the relationship, a worker’s status as an independent contractor rather than an employee is actually determined by several other factors.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, here’s a look at them:

An Independent Contractor:
• Operates under a business name
• Has his/her own employees
• Maintains a separate business checking account
• Advertises his/her business’ services
• Invoices for work completed
• Has more than one client
• Has own tools and sets own hours
• Keeps business records

An Employee:
• Performs duties dictated or controlled by others
• Is given training for work to be done
• Works for only one employer

The IRS currently estimates that approximately 15% of U.S. workers aren’t classified correctly. And, more and more, they’re conducting surprise audits to go after companies for misclassification. It’s up to you to ensure you’re on firm legal ground and properly classify and document each and every person who works for you – whether on a full-time or contract basis.

Do you need help hiring contractors and employees – and ensuring you’re classifying them correctly? Call the experts at Murray Resources. As leading Houston recruiters, we can take the hassle out of hiring  – all so you can focus on other priorities while still gaining access to top quality talent. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.

How to Search for Your Next Job…In Secret

January 26th, 2016

Looking for a new job? Then you probably don’t want your existing employer to find out. However, as experienced Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that in today’s world of social media and online connections, that can certainly be a challenge, especially if you work in a smaller industry. So how can you keep your job search a secret, until you get offered your next great position? Here are 3 quick tips you can put into action:

Quick tip #1: Take care with your LinkedIn profile.

One red flag to your employer that you’re searching for a new job is if all of a sudden you make dramatic changes to your LinkedIn profile. If they’re connected to you via LinkedIn – and get emails about changes to their network’s profiles – then they might assume you’re searching for a new job. The good news is that you can change your settings on your profile to avoid this scenario. Simply visit “Settings” and then select the “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts” under Privacy Controls. That way, you can fly under the radar of your boss and co-workers.

Quick tip #2: Take a planned approach to network.

You probably know that networking is the fastest way to find a new job. But it can be tricky when you’re already employed and don’t want to broadcast your search. That’s why you need to take a more strategic approach to networking. For instance, if you work with someone who knows the hiring manager at the company you want to work for, don’t automatically ask them to connect you. You need to assess your relationship with that person to ensure they are someone you can trust not to leak your job search news.

In general, when you’re in this position, you need to evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis and network only with those you know you can trust to keep your search in the strictest of confidence.

Quick tip #3: Take aim at the right opportunities.

If you don’t like your current job, it’s tempting to apply to any position that sounds ok or to take the first offer that comes your way. But this is a recipe for disaster. Instead, take the time to research opportunities and the employers to ensure the ones you’re applying to are the best fit for you. It’s better to search for job for six months to a year and land the one that’s a great fit and a terrific next step in your career, then get a new job in a month and find out you dislike it soon after.

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees when it comes to keeping your search a secret. No matter how careful you are, your boss still might find out about your hunt. That said, you can greatly reduce the odds of that happening by following the tips above.

Would like you expert help with your Houston job search? Call the Houston recruiters at Murray Resources. When you work with us, you can rest assured that your job search will always be kept completely confidential. At the same time, we can offer you access to a variety of rewarding opportunities that may not be always be advertised. Contact us today to learn more or get started!

Why Outsourcing to Technical Recruiters in Houston Can Save You Money

November 10th, 2015

The economy has changed dramatically in recent years, making recruiting the right technical candidates more challenging than ever. From fierce competition due to skills shortages to ever-evolving business conditions, finding and hiring the right people in this new recruiting environment requires a different approach.

However, when you outsource the task to an expert – in other words, technical recruiters in Houston – you can find the best technical candidates, avoid the risk of hiring mistakes, and save time and money in the process. Here’s how:

Less Time-to-Hire

When you work with technical recruiters in Houston, they have a proven process in place based on years of industry experience and insight. So when you need to fill a position – whether on a contract or full-time basis – they immediately know where to look and may even already have relationships with candidates who would be a good fit. Rather than spending your valuable time searching for strong candidates, you can focus on other priorities and leave the task to the technical recruiting experts.

Increased Access to Candidates With Specialized Skill

Finding technical candidates can be a challenge, but sourcing those with a specialized skill set can be downright impossible…unless, of course, you’ve partnered with reputable technical recruiters in Houston. Recruiters are always doing just that…recruiting. So they come across a wide array of technical talent with various competencies across all levels, including those who may suit your unique needs.

A More Efficient Process

Between advertising fees and time to interview candidates, there are many direct and indirect costs to hiring. And they can add up quickly. But when you work with technical recruiters in Houston, you pay one fixed fee, so you know the expenses walking into the partnership. An experienced recruiter is also far more efficient with the process in terms of both cost and time.

Top Technical Candidates

In many cases, a new hire will quit after just a few months on the job, oftentimes due to lack of fit. However, when you work with a technical recruiter who understands the industry, you can gain access to better fit candidates, make a better hiring decision and avoid the costly risk of a hiring mistake.

Finding the right technical talent for your job opening be both challenging and expensive. But when you outsource the task to a technical recruiter, you can lower costs, gain access to top talent, and reduce the hassles of hiring.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of working with a technical recruiter in Houston, call Murray Resources. As top Houston technical recruiters, we can give you access to the highest quality talent, whether you need a programmer, project manager, or desktop support personnel. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

How to Hire the Right Personalities For Your Team

November 3rd, 2015

When you’re hiring – regardless of whether it’s for a big corporation or a small family business – you need people who are a fit for your company. As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows the best employees go beyond having strong hard skills. They have the soft skills that enable them to adapt well to the company culture and their positions, and are therefore able to perform at their best.

So if you’re ready to hire, or are considering doing so, how can you make sure you recruit those who have the right personality for your team? Before you start, ask these questions:

#1: What kind of personality are you looking for?

For instance, if you’re hiring a receptionist, being friendly and outgoing are significant traits for the job. However, if you’re hiring a bookkeeper, being detail oriented is far more important. So think about the position you’re hiring for – as well as the types of personalities that thrive within your company culture – and make a list of the key traits that you should be looking for in candidates.

#2: What questions will you ask to screen for the traits most important to you?

Once you’ve defined the traits most important to the position, make sure that the hiring and interview process will effectively screen for them. For instance, if you need someone who can think on their feet, ask a curveball question – such as “If Americans were the tallest people in the world, how would you go about proving it?” – when you’re interviewing them.

#3: How will you demonstrate the company’s personality during the interview?

Another way to find candidates with the right fit personality is to make sure you educate each individual about the company’s culture. If you communicate that your culture is laid back and informal, for instance, and a candidate knows they work better in a more structured environment, it’s likely they’ll filter themselves out of the running for the job, or not accept an offer should you extend one.

#4: How will you approach the interview?

It’s important to approach the interview like a conversation, not an interrogation. The more comfortable a candidate feels, the more likely it will be that they will open up and share more details about themselves. As a result, you’ll better be able to assess whether or not they’re a good fit for your opportunity.

Do you need more help hiring candidates that are the fit your organization? Call Murray Resource. As leading Houston recruiters, we can take the hassle out of hiring  – all so you can focus on other priorities while still gaining access to quality talent. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.

Think You Made a Hiring Mistake? Here’s How to Fix It

October 20th, 2015

You’ve screened hundreds of candidates, interviewed dozens and made your final decision. However, now that the employee is on the job, you’re second guessing your choice to hire them. If this sounds familiar, you’re certainly not alone. Every employer has made a hiring mistake at one time or another. The question is – what should you do about it? First, you need to be able to spot a few red flags. They are:

Red flag #1: An inability to learn from mistakes.

Expect new hires to make mistakes. It’s going to happen. However, if your new hire is making the same mistake again and again, there’s a problem. Either they aren’t listening, don’t understand what they’re supposed to be doing, or they simply don’t care.

What to do: When this happens, schedule a casual sit down chat with them. Don’t be harsh or overly critical. Simply state the problem and ask the employee what’s going on. Maybe they’re not clear on their role, or perhaps they need some extra training and support. Whatever the case, it’s important to find out what’s causing the issue so you can properly rectify it.

Red flag #2: There’s an attitude problem.

Your new hire was charming during the hiring process, but now they’re crabby and negative on the job. It could be that you made a hiring mistake, or they simply might be under extreme stress and acting out because of it.

What to do: If this is happening at your company, you need to fix the situation as soon as possible. As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that a toxic attitude can quickly spread like a virus to other employees, negatively impacting morale and your company as a whole. Schedule some time with your new hire to find out what’s going on. Be prepared with specific examples of their attitude and explain the impact it’s having on the team. In many cases, the person may not even realize they are being overly negative.

Red flag #3: They’re acting like a lone wolf.

Some positions require people who can act more independently. However, they still need to collaborate and be a part of the team. If your new hire isn’t making any effort to get to know others or join forces on projects, it could be a sign of a poor cultural fit.

What to do: When this happens, make an effort to get the new hire more involved in activities at the company and with their co-workers. They may simply need a little nudge, as well as more time to adjust. Another option is to pair them up with a company veteran who can act as a buddy and make them feel more comfortable and welcome.

Just because a new hire isn’t producing within the first few weeks on the job doesn’t mean you made a bad hiring decision. However, if you spot the red flags above, it’s a sign that the situation could deteriorate – and it’s up to you to act.

Do you need help replacing a bad hire? If you do, call Murray Resources. As leading Houston recruiters, we can take the hassle out of hiring  – all so you can focus on other priorities while still gaining access to top quality talent. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.

Murray Resources Announces the Launch of its Murray Technical Division

December 26th, 2014

New Business Unit will House the Firm’s Engineering, Information Technology (IT), and Technical Sales Recruiting Services

(Houston, TX – December 26, 2014) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston staffing agency and recruiting firm, today announced it has launched the Murray Technical business unit to house the firm’s Engineering, Information Technology (IT), and Technical Sales Recruiting Services. The company will continue to fill roles on a temporary, contract, contract to hire, and direct hire basis in all three areas.

“While Murray Resources has been successively placing Engineering, IT, and Technical Sales professionals for almost fifteen years, we felt that our firm’s substantial growth in those areas over the last 36 months necessitated the launch of a standalone business unit that focuses specifically on those lines of business,” said Keith Wolf, Managing Director of Murray Resources.

The launch of Murray Technical coincides with the hiring of Jeremy Tyler, who joined the firm’s business development team in October, and who will lead the Murray Technical sales team. Jeremy brings over fifteen years of technical recruiting industry experience to Murray Resources, with a specific focus on IT / Technical staffing for Fortune 1000 and mid-market clients.

Murray Resources will continue to place Accounting/Finance, Manufacturing/Operations, Sales/Marketing, Human Resources, Customer Service, and Administrative professionals from within its Murray Professional division. The Murray Technical and Murray Professional divisions will both have distinct teams of recruiters who focus on matching talent within their specializations.

“The launch of Murray Technical is an exciting and significant milestone in our firm’s evolution. Fifteen years ago several of our longtime clients requested that we help them find technical talent. That piece of our business has continued to grow and today, Engineering, IT, and Technical Sales is a significant portion of our firm’s business. It was the right time to officially launch the Murray Technical brand,” said Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. In 2014 the company was named by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s top 25 largest direct hire firms. In 2013 the firm was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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5 Quick Tips for Making a Great Job Offer

November 18th, 2014

You’ve found the perfect candidate. Your job is done, right? Wrong. As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows if you haven’t made the offer yet, then you’ve still got some work to do. After all, how you present it could be the difference between an exceptional candidate accepting your offer – and rejecting it for something better.

To ensure you get the candidate you want, follow these tips:

Tip #1: Move Quickly

When it comes to making an offer, don’t drag your feet. The best candidates are in demand – and you don’t want to lose one to your competition simply because you waited a few days too long. If you know you want to extend an offer, then don’t wait.

Tip #2: Do Your Homework

Hiring is expensive. But low-balling candidates will cost you in the long run. The best candidates know what they’re worth. And if you’re not offering fair market value for their skill set, then they’re going to look elsewhere for a better opportunity. Before you make the offer, make sure you conduct enough research to ensure it’s on target – or better than your competition’s.

Tip #3: Present Your Offer Verbally First

Either call the candidate or get them into the office to present your offer. When you’re going over it with them, make sure you promote the perks and benefits, such as health insurance, retirement matching programs, flex schedules, and tuition reimbursement. You want to get the candidate excited about the opportunity so it’s their first choice when making a decision.

Tip #4: Get It in Writing

Even when a candidate verbally accepts the job offer your presented, it’s critical that you get everything in writing in an offer letter or contract. You’ll also want your company’s legal counsel to review the documents to ensure you’ve got your bases covered. Don’t forget to include details such as job title, start date, agreed upon salary and benefits, and full or part-time status.

Also, it’s vital that you include any contingencies, such as signing a confidentiality agreement or passing a background check.

Tip #5: Give the Candidate Some Time

Be glad that a candidate asks for a little time to review the document. One that signs on the dotted line without asking questions or thinking about it may be a little desperate. On the flip side, the best candidates will want some time to weigh the pros and cons of the offer before accepting it. Simply let them know a date by which you need a decision.

If you need more help with the hiring process, call Murray Resources. As leading Houston recruiters, we can take the hassle out of hiring  – all so you can focus on other priorities while still gaining access to quality talent. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.

Houston Recruiting Firm – Murray Resources – Announces Key Addition to IT Staffing Team

November 12th, 2014

(Houston, TX – November 12, 2014) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston staffing agency and recruiting firm, today announced that Jeremy Tyler has joined the firm’s business development team as Senior Business Development Manager.

Jeremy brings over ten years of recruiting industry experience to Murray Resources, with a specific focus on IT / technical staffing for Fortune 1000 and mid-market clients. With an extensive IT recruiting, sales, and sales management background, Jeremy offers a unique and well-rounded perspective to his client’s businesses, helping them fill some of their company’s most critical and time-sensitive positions.

In his most recent role, Jeremy served as the Business Development Director at Itsa Energy, an oilfield services company. Before joining Itsa, Jeremy held Director of Client Development and Manager of Strategic Sourcing positions at Triad Resources, an IT staffing firm.

“We are thrilled to have Jeremy join the Murray Resources team. His deep IT staffing experience will be an asset to our clients and his consultative, high-touch approach fits perfectly with our firm’s dedication to providing the very best employer and candidate hiring experience,” said Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. In 2013 the firm was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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Murray Resources Honored as a Cougar 100 Company

November 6th, 2014

Recognizing the Fastest Growing Houston Cougar-Owned or Managed Companies in the World

Houston, Texas (Monday, November 6, 2014) – The University of Houston has recognized Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, as a member of the 2014 Cougar 100, honoring the fastest-growing companies in the world, owned or operated by University of Houston alumni.

Cougar 100 was launched this year by the University of Houston Alumni Association to identify and rank the top 100 fastest growing companies that are Cougar-owned or-led. The idea behind the Cougar 100 is to not only celebrate alumni success, but to also provide a forum to pass lessons to the next generation of Cougar entrepreneurs.

The Cougar 100 list will be printed in a special section of the Houston Business Journal on Nov. 7. Honorees will also be recognized at an Awards Lunch during the university’s homecoming week at the Bayou City Event Center.

“It’s a true honor to be recognized as one the fastest growing University of Houston-led businesses in the world. I started Murray Resources here in Houston over 26 years ago – and both the University and the city of Houston have been instrumental in our growth and success. We thank the University for this incredible honor, as well as our amazing and dedicated team, clients, and the Houston community,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. The firm was also recently named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America.

For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com

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Murray Resources President Marsha Murray Named to Who’s Who in Energy For Fourth Consecutive Year

October 3rd, 2014

(Houston, TX – October 3, 2014) – Today, Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, was named to the Houston Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Energy” for the fourth consecutive year.

The list recognizes the top 100 leaders in the world’s energy capital and includes energy leaders in eight different markets, including Austin, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Pittsburgh. Selections are based on a combination of open nominations, industry outreach, and internal research by the business journals in each market.

“It’s an incredible honor to have our firm’s work in the energy industry recognized with such a prestigious award. This honor is particularly special because we’ve been at this for over 26 years and I know how much pride our team takes in placing talent at many of Houston’s leading energy companies,” said Ms. Murray.

Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. The firm was also recently named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America.

Ms. Murray and the other Who’s Who in Energy honorees will be recognized at a VIP reception hosted by the Houston Business Journal.

For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com

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Surviving a Killer Houston Commute

September 23rd, 2014

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average daily commute one way for U.S. employees is 25.5 minutes. However, for many Houstonians, a 25-minute commute would be a dream.

In fact, according to a study from Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Houston ranks 6th among the 10 most congested cities in the nation. In addition, the average Houstonian wastes 23 gallons of gas sitting in traffic. The study also found that drivers in our area waste more than two days a year on average in traffic congestion, costing nearly $1,100 in lost time and gas.

If you’re one of those workers trying to survive Houston traffic each day, here are some tips for making your commute a little less painful:

Think about timing.

As Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that timing is everything, especially when it comes to morning and afternoon traffic. If you were to leave 15 minutes earlier, or later in the morning, would you be able to head off some of the traffic? Traffic tends to go in waves, so leaving just a few minutes earlier can seriously cut down on your commute time. Try leaving your house at different times of the day and check out the traffic patterns so you can optimize your commute.

Use public transportation.

If public transportation is available to you, consider using it. That way you can read, check email or get work done on your commute – making the time you spend traveling to and from work at least somewhat productive. If public transportation isn’t an option, check whether other co-workers live nearby so you can take turns carpooling.

Telecommute one or two days a week.

If you truly have a killer commute – and you’re not willing to or can’t afford to move, find out if you can telecommute one or two days a week. While you’ll certainly want some face time in the office, there may be certain days of the week you know are slower or quieter, and therefore ideal for you to be working from home. You’ll also cut down on your commuting expenses and stress level in the process.

Ask for support.

If you’re married, have kids and pets all vying for your attention the second you walk through the door after a miserable commute, it can be especially stressful. Communicate with your family about how you’d like to be greeted – whether you want immediate hugs or need two minutes to decompress.

Find a job closer to home.

Of course, if your commute is truly onerous – and you really don’t love your job anyway – then it may be the perfect time to polish your resume and start your job search. Now that you know what a long commute is like, you can add “shorter commute” to your list of non-negotiables in a new job.

Need more help in your job search? Contact Murray Resources. As Houston recruiters, we will work to get to know you, your background, skills and personality – all so we can match you with job opportunities that are a terrific fit for you. Contact us today to learn more.

Houston Recruiting Firm – Murray Resources – Announces Key Addition

March 5th, 2014

(Houston, TX – March 5, 2014) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston staffing agency and recruiting firm, today announced that Kara DiCarlo has joined the firm’s business development team.

Kara brings over seven years of recruiting industry experience from her previous roles with Brooke Staffing, where she worked in both recruiting and sales positions. In her most recent role, Kara led a team of salespeople, recruiters, and account managers to meet the recruiting needs of a wide range of Houston-area clients. Kara will work with Murray Resources’ recruiting team to ensure that the firm continues to provide “best in class” recruiting services to its clients.

“We are thrilled to have Kara join our team. She brings with her a stellar reputation in the industry and her high-touch approach fits perfectly with our firm’s mission of providing the very best employer and candidate hiring experience,” said Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. In 2013 the firm was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

 

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Houston Recruiting Firm – Murray Resources – Announces Two Key Additions

December 23rd, 2013

(Houston, TX – December 23, 2013) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston staffing agency and recruiting firm, today announced that it has made two key additions to the company’s recruiting and business development teams.

The company announced that John Konis has joined the firm as a recruiter in the firm’s professional division, with a focus on placing engineering and IT talent in the greater Houston market. John brings an extensive background in technical recruiting from Randstad in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked with such clients as McGraw Hill, Emerson Power, Limited Brands, JP Morgan Chase, and Safe Auto Insurance.

Brooke Lindsey has joined the firm as senior business development manager, bringing extensive sales experience from her previous roles with ProStaff and Employer Flexible. Brooke will work with Murray Resources’ recruiting team to ensure that the firm continues to provide “best in class” recruiting services to its clients.

“Our team is thrilled to have John and Brooke aboard. This year was a watermark year for the company, as we added a record number of client accounts and were named to Inc.’s list of the fastest growing private companies in America for the first time in our company’s 25 year history. Adding two industry veterans of John’s and Brooke’s caliber ensures that we’re going to be able to continue to offer our clients and candidates the highest-quality of service they’ve come to expect from Murray Resources,” said Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. In 2013 the firm was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

 

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Murray Resources President Marsha Murray Named to Who’s Who in Energy For Third Consecutive Year

November 15th, 2013

(Houston, TX – November 15, 2013) – Today, Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, was named to the Houston Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Energy” for the third consecutive year.

The list recognizes the top 100 leaders in the world’s energy capital and was expanded this year to include energy leaders in eight different markets, including Austin, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Pittsburgh. Selections are based on a combination of open nominations, industry outreach, and internal research by the business journals in each market.

“There are so many talented executives in Houston’s energy market – to even be considered for this list is truly humbling. After 25 years of recruiting, it’s as fun and rewarding as it’s ever been to place talent at so many companies that are at the forefront of the energy industry,” said Ms. Murray.

Ms. Murray and the other top 100 Houston recipients will be recognized at a VIP reception as part of the Total Energy USA conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center on November 20th, 2013.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. The firm was also recently named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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Houston Recruiters on How to Make Sure Recruiters Can Find You

September 19th, 2013

Houston recruiters, such as Murray Resources, are busier than ever and are constantly on the search for qualified candidates. So it pays to do everything in your power to ensure you’re the candidate they find. But first, you need to be THE candidate. The one who recruiters find. The one who gets the interviews. And gets the job. Have you made sure you’ve left no stones unturned? Here’s how to find out:

1. Make sure recruiters can find you

You may be the perfect candidate for that hot position recruiters need to fill now, but if they can’t find you, it’s like you don’t exist. Don’t waste time thinking it’s a recruiter’s job to find you. It’s your job to make sure they do.

2. Use keywords
One of the key ways to “get found” is by using keywords. They’re the words used most by people searching online for what they’re looking for. In this case, those people are recruiters and you are the perfect candidate.

So, do you know the words most used in your industry? Have you baked the words most commonly referring to your profession into your online resume? Did you ensure you’ve used them multiple times (but not too many to be considered “keyword stuffing”)? If not, now’s the time to do so. Think of keywords as breadcrumbs that lead recruiters to your door.

Not sure where to start? Check the major search engines like Google and Bing for advice and tools on finding and using keywords.

3. Brush up your bio

Quick, describe what you do in 30 seconds. Now, do it in 140 characters. You need to be able to show who you are and what you do in a variety of online accounts. And show professionalism and value while doing it. Make sure you’re standing out and showcasing your personality, both professionally and personally, in all those places where your bio appears.

4. Keep your information updated

If you haven’t updated your Twitter or LinkedIn accounts since you first created them months or years ago, it’s time for some housekeeping. Make sure you’re adding important professional and personal changes and updates (you can skip what you had for lunch unless you’re in food services). Review your job descriptions and make sure they’re current and accurate. And share relevant content to not only show you know what’s going on in the industry you’re in, but also to keep yourself top of mind.

5. Make your presence known

Being found online these days means taking an active part in online communities. So be sure to post to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts when you have something professionally relevant to share. And it wouldn’t hurt to put your resume up on your Pinterest account along with images that reflect the kind of work you do and who you are as a professional.

Along those lines, if there are photos on your Facebook profile that show you at less than your best, it’s a good idea to remove them. You wouldn’t want anyone to judge you based on that long weekend in Cabo you can’t remember most of anyway.

The net takeaway? To ensure you don’t get overlooked during your job search, play the part of a recruiter trying to find qualified candidates. Does your name come up in all the right places using all the right words? Do you look like the one to talk to about the job that needs to be filled? If not, take the time to ensure that it does and help recruiters find the candidate they’re looking for—namely, you.

Need More Help Getting Noticed By Hiring Managers?

If you do, give Murray Resources a call. As one of the leading Houston, TX staffing agencies, we take your career success personally. Not only will we work one-on-one with you to learn about your background and personality, but we can also connect you with exciting and rewarding opportunities at some of the top employers in the area! Contact us today to learn more.

Murray Resources Named to 2013 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

August 21st, 2013

Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and Inc.com as one of the fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States.

(Houston, TX – August 21, 2013) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, announced today that it has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States.

The Inc. 5000 list ranks private companies according to percentage revenue growth, with the 2013 list based on the % increase in revenue between 2009 and 2012. According to Inc.’s editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg, the list “was harder to get into this year than ever in its [32 year] history.” Past Inc. 5000 companies have included Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Pandora, Oracle, and hundreds of other notable alumni.

“Being part of such an impressive group of companies is a true honor.  It’s a testament, not only to our team and the dedication they bring to work every day, but also a reflection of the success and longevity of our clients. Many of them have been with us since we first opened our doors in 1988,” said Marsha Murray, the company’s founder and president.

Ms. Murray started Murray Resources in January 1988 with a $2,000 loan, which she used to purchase a typewriter, business cards, and a brochure. 25 years later, the firm has grown to count over 800 companies as clients, including eleven Fortune™ 1000 organizations. To date, Murray Resources has placed thousands of job seekers in roles ranging from administrative assistants to c-level executives.

The company was among the first recruiting firms to utilize employee assessments to evaluate position/candidate match. Other notable initiatives have included building one of the industry’s most active job seeker blogs, launching a series of ‘Career Guider’ workshops to help job seekers with their search, hosting the ‘Hot Topics in HR’ seminar series to address issues relevant to HR professionals, and launching a mobile website to assist job seekers on the go.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. Murray Resources’ 95% Performance Evaluation Score represents one of the highest placement satisfaction rates in the industry. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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5 Tips for Using Social Media to Recruit for Your Houston Company

May 14th, 2013

More than half of today’s job candidates are using some form of social media to search for jobs. So as leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources can tell you that if your organization doesn’t have a social media recruiting strategy, then you could get left behind in terms of sourcing the best talent.

To help ensure you’re leveraging the power of social media in your recruiting process, here are 5 tips to get you started:

Tip #1: Start with a strategy.

Just as with any new endeavor, having a plan in place will make execution a lot easier. So identify which social media outlets you’re going to use and why you’re going to use them. For instance, if you’re looking for a veteran candidate in accounting, then think LinkedIn rather than Twitter.

Tip #2: Consistency is key.

As Houston recruiters, we often see hiring managers create a LinkedIn profile page or start a Twitter account, only to let it fall by the wayside after a few weeks. Or, they will post one or two job openings, not get a good response, and assume social media is a waste of time.

However, to use social media to your full advantage, consistency is key. You need to be posting informative and interesting content on a regular basis.

Tip #3: Engage, don’t advertise.

Your social media activities shouldn’t revolve simply around blasting out job openings. Instead, they should be focused on building your employer brand – and building relationships with active and passive job candidates. Also, avoid “corporate talk” in your social media posts; have conversations instead.

Tip #4: Monitor results.

Ok, so you’re posting on social media sites and actively seeking to build relationships with candidates. But all those efforts will go to waste if you’re not monitoring and tracking their effectiveness.

In other words, are there certain sites where the best quality candidates are coming from or where you’ve hired the most number of candidates from? Or are there sites that are delivering disappointing results? Whatever the case, you should be tracking results and adjusting your social media recruiting strategy accordingly.

Tip #5: Be patient.

It will take some time to see positive results from your social media activities. Keep in mind that your efforts are about building awareness and relationships; that’s certainly something that doesn’t happen overnight.

Don’t Have Time to Recruit Using Social Media?

If you need to hire, but simply don’t have the time, let Murray Resources know. As leading Houston recruiters, we can take the hassle out of hiring – using both high tech and traditional means – all so you can focus on other priorities while still gaining access to quality talent. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.

 

Should I Put Short-Term Jobs on My Resume?

April 16th, 2013

You lost your job a year ago and in the meantime, have taken on a couple short-term jobs to pay the bills.

The question is: should you include those filler gigs on your resume? Or skip them?

On the one hand, if you don’t include them, it might look like you’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing while unemployed. On the other hand, if you do include them – and they’re not relevant to the position you’re applying for – it could detract from your chances of landing an interview.

So what should you do?

First, stop sweating it so much. As Houston recruiters, Murray Resources can tell you that hiring managers know the past few years have been ugly, even for the most talented among us. And, as a result, they’re more judicious than they were in the past when it comes to short-term jobs and resume gaps.

In addition, if you’ve had a stable work history up until the economic collapse, than you’re simply a victim of circumstances. Your short-term jobs are a blip in an overall steady background. If you’re really good at what you do, a hiring manager will see that.

That said, if you’ve held a half dozen temporary jobs or short-term jobs in the last year, you may not want to list every single one. Their sheer number will overshadow all that great experience you accumulated in the past.

So rather than listing all the short-term jobs you’ve held and looking like a job-hopper, choose one or two to promote. Select the ones that are most relevant to the positions you’re applying. The ones you list may be different, depending on the job opening, but that’s fine. You’ll want to tailor your resume for each position you apply to anyway.

Also, when it comes to short-term work, you may want to avoid listing the months and years of your tenure in your work history and list the years only. This will give you a little wiggle room.

And finally, when you do get an interview, be prepared to answer questions about your spotty work history over the past year. Just let the hiring manager know you’ve been taking short-term work to pay the bills, but didn’t include it all on your resume because it was outside your area of expertise. There’s nothing wrong with taking a less-than-ideal job to support yourself in tough times; in fact, the hiring manager may respect you more for it.

Want More Job Search Help from the Experts?

Let Murray Resources know. As Houston recruiters, we will work to get to know you, your background, skills and personality – all so we can match you with job opportunities that are a terrific fit. Contact us today to learn more.

 

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Not One But Two! Tips for Handling Multiple Job Offers

March 19th, 2013

You’ve sent out countless resumes, networked at event after event, and interviewed your heart out. Finally – all that hard work paid off. You got a job offer!

But just when you’re about to accept it, another offer comes in – one that you’re equally interested in. You weren’t expecting this situation. What should you do?

Here are some tips to help you:

Delay the decision.

As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources understands that when multiple employers call to extend job offers, it can be an overwhelming experience. You don’t want to make a decision right away. Instead, take some time to think about the situation and to decide which position is right for you. To delay them, simply say something like “I’m really excited about this opportunity, but I need a few days to talk it over with my family. I’ll get back to you on Monday.”

Take stock of the situation.

Take some time to really think about each company and each position. Ask yourself if you have a preference toward a certain position and what it is. If you’re not sure, then make a list of the pros and cons of each position. Don’t just think about the actual work you’ll be doing, also look at compensation, location, culture, size, room for advancement, and other elements important to your career and your life.

If making a list isn’t working for you, then close your eyes and visualize yourself in each position. Then ask yourself this, “where do you think you’d be happiest?”

Actually talk it over with your family or someone you trust.

When trying to make a difficult decision, it can feel like you’re spinning your wheels. But when you articulate the pros and cons of each opportunity out loud – to someone you trust, it may become much clearer which one’s really right for you.

Say “no” in a professional and timely manner.

Saying “yes” to the position you decide to take is easy; however, saying “no” to the other employer can be awkward. But the faster you get it over with, the better you’ll feel. So give them a call and simply say something along the lines of:

“I appreciate the offer, but I’ve decided to accept a different position that’s more in line with my goals and vision for my career. I just want to say, though, how impressed I was with your company and your team. It was great meeting you.”

Are You a Qualified Professional Looking to Land Just One Job Offer?

Let Murray Resources know. Whether you are looking to move up the corporate ladder, re-enter the workforce, get more experience, or just gain more control over your schedule, our Houston recruiters can help you locate the position that best matches your skills and interests. Contact us today or search our Houston jobs now.

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5 Ways to Hurt Your Reputation in a New Job

February 19th, 2013

As Houston recruiters, Murray Resources can tell you that when you’re starting out on the job, your goal should be to “wow” your boss. But sometimes, things can get in the way of your very best efforts. Some of them aren’t in your control – but others certainly are. Below is a look at 5 ways you could hurt your reputation in those first, very important few days of the job.

1. You’re late.

Adhering to the basics of office etiquette is critical when you’re just starting out. And getting there on time is one of those basics. So don’t let a traffic jam, or construction get in your way of making a great first impression. Start off well ahead of schedule on your first few days so you can get a sense of how heavy traffic is and if there are any additional delays you’ll need to factor in.

2. You’re overly assertive at meetings.

You want to develop a reputation as a contributor and “go getter.” But at this stage of the game, you may not have a whole lot to contribute. So instead of asserting yourself and looking foolish in a meeting, ask lots of questions so you can get up to speed faster – then offer opinions and ideas of value.

3. You kiss up to your boss.

It’s important to have a healthy, productive relationship with your boss. However, if you think getting there involves kissing up, you may want to think again. Not only will your boss lose respect for you, but your new co-workers will, as well.

4. You spend time gossiping.

It’s only natural to want to connect with your co-workers as quickly as possible. However, gossiping isn’t the way to get there. Not only will you develop a reputation as having a big mouth, but gossiping about co-workers – before you really get to know them – will cloud your judgment of them. It’s not fair to your co-workers and could harm your ability to develop long-term, productive relationships with them.

5. You make comments on Facebook about how much you hate your new job.

Remember, whatever you post on a social media site like Facebook is never private, even if you have your account set to private. And a fast way to fall out of favor with your new boss is to be lamenting to all your friends about your boss, co-workers, or new job. It’s best to keep it zipped; if, after some time on the job, there are some things you don’t like or that are unexpected, then talk to your boss directly about them. Don’t post them on Facebook first.

Need Help Finding a New Houston Job?

If you do, let Murray Resources know. Whether you are looking to move up the corporate ladder, re-enter the workforce, get more experience, or just gain more control over your schedule, our Houston recruiters can help you locate the position that best matches your skills and interests. Contact us today or search our Houston jobs now.

 

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How to Find the Right Recruiter

January 25th, 2013

It’s not difficult to find a recruiter. Some estimates put the total number of recruiters in the U.S. at over a million. Finding a recruiter that fits with your career goals and work-style – that’s a bit more challenging. Recruiters come in various forms, from independents working out of their homes to public corporations employing thousands of recruiters. How can you find one that works for you? Here are some tips.

Have a clear idea of the position you are seeking.

It’s important to start with a good understanding of the type of position(s) you’re targeting. Calling a recruiter and offering to take any job is not an effective approach. (yes, this happens…a lot). While flexibility is not a bad thing, not having any idea about the type of job you’re seeking will come across as undisciplined and unfocused – two traits that don’t excite a busy recruiter.

Do your research

Recruiters tend to specialize by industry and/or function. Some basic Google searching can help you identify recruiters in your area who work in the industry or function you’re targeting. Are you an engineer in Houston? Search “Engineering Recruiters in Houston” and you’ll get results for several local firms that work with engineers. For example, for Murray Resources, you’ll be directed to a page dedicated to Houston engineers. If the types of jobs they have listed match what you’re looking for, contact the firm and set up a meeting with a recruiter. The same approach works for Houston accountants, Houston administrative assistants, or any position.

LinkedIn is another great tool for identifying recruiters who match up well with your target position. You can use the site to browse jobs, many of which are published by recruiters. If a job matches what you’re looking for, seek out the recruiting firm that posted it and start following them on LinkedIn. Chances are they’ll post similar jobs in the future. Murray Resources uses our LinkedIn profile to post jobs, job seeker advice, and interviewing tips.

Look for a track record of success.

Your ideal recruiting agency has strong relationships with a range of hiring organizations within your target market, as well as a track record of placing top-notch talent in positions like the one you’re seeking.

How do you research that information? Start with the recruiter’s own website. Do they have a blog? If so, read through it and learn more about the firm before you contact them. Check the Better Business Bureau  – do they have a number of unresolved complaints? You should be able to learn the following online:

  • How long has the recruiting firm been in business?
  • What types of companies do they work with?
  • Do they have testimonials or case studies on their website that you can browse through?

Set up an introductory interview.

Any reputable recruiting firm will want to meet with you (in person, if possible) before presenting you to a client. This is also your chance to find out more about them. Ask about the types of jobs they work on and if someone with your experience and background fits well with the types of positions they place. Treat the meeting as you would any job interview. If you show up in a t-shirt and torn jeans, the interviewer will likely assume that’s how you’re going to represent the firm to their client. Dress appropriately and be prepared to discuss your experience and what type of position you’re seeking.

Ask for referrals.

If, after meeting with a recruiter, you determine that your goals and their recruiting sweet spot are not a match, ask if they can refer you to another agency that would be a better fit. The recruiting world, while large in numbers, is an small one. They should be able to refer you to another firm that can help.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?
As top Houston recruiters, Murray Resources can help you explore your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

Increase Your Odds of Getting “Found” by a Recruiter

January 22nd, 2013

Companies are still hiring, despite high unemployment. And one of the best ways to get your foot in the door with them is through a recruiter. That said, many recruiters tend to focus their efforts on sourcing passive candidates, those who are already employed.

But don’t despair.

Even if you are unemployed, there are strategies you can use that could put you on the radar of top Houston recruiters.

Here’s a look at 4 of them:

Get Active on LinkedIn.

More and more Houston recruiters are turning to LinkedIn to search for good quality candidates for their job openings. So if you’re not on LinkedIn, now’s the time to create a profile and get active on the site. Join industry groups, ask and answer questions in the “Answers” section, and regularly update your profile with relevant information, content, and keywords.

Get Active on Twitter.

To get on a recruiter’s radar using Twitter, you have to find the right ones first. So research Houston recruiters that recruit in your field, such as “IT recruiters” or “accounting recruiters.” Once you’ve found some good possibilities, follow their postings, comment back, and re-tweet their tweets that you find interesting or helpful. Also be sure that important keywords relevant to your field are included in your bio so recruiters can find you when they’re looking for someone with your skill set.

Ask for LinkedIn Recommendations.

When a recruiter comes upon your LinkedIn profile, and you have multiple recommendations from credible sources, it will only serve to paint you in a positive light. So think about a list of former bosses, colleagues and connections who would offer good recommendations, then reach out to them and ask for one.

Make Your Voice Heard.

Whether you decide to start your own blog, or pen an editorial for a local business publication, start generating content that will raise your profile. Make sure your name’s on whatever is published, along with your job title.

Public speaking is another way to put yourself out there and build your personal brand. Start off small; for instance, if you’re a member of a local non-profit organization, offer to give a talk in your area of expertise. This will give you an opportunity to hone your message. Once you feel more comfortable, try to book larger venues – such as conferences and trade shows – and be sure to promote the upcoming event via LinkedIn and Twitter.

Let Murray Resources Help You Find Your Next Great Opportunity!

As leading Houston recruiters, we can connect you with top employers and rewarding opportunities that aren’t always advertised. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

 

5 Tips for Being a Dynamic Thinker at Work

January 15th, 2013

When it comes to the workplace, those who are the most dynamic thinkers are generally the ones who get the attention, the accolades, and the promotions.

But what if you’re just not that dynamic of a thinker?

Not to worry. Most people aren’t born full of ideas and creative energy. It’s a skill they’ve learned and honed over the years.

And, as leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows it’s a skill you can likely learn, too.

So what’s the secret to being a dynamic thinker at work – and leveraging its power in the form of promotion and advancement? Here’s a look:

Tip #1: Watch.

Are there super-star performers around you? People who come to meetings brimming with ideas and enthusiasm? Those are the ones to watch.

Observe how they work; how they go about solving problems and contributing ideas. Take it one step further and actually ask them what their process is for developing ideas and solutions.

Tip #2: Read.

Reading industry publications is great; but don’t stop there.

Read fiction books to enlighten you about the personalities of others; read biographies to learn about great business or political leaders; read poetry for interesting perspectives on different topics. Read about diverse issues and in different genres to help inspire and motivate you.

Tip #3: Question.

People generally aren’t that good at asking questions; most are too caught up doing the talking. But great insight and learning comes from asking the right questions and listening carefully to the answers.

So whether in a meeting, at a tradeshow, or on a conference call, don’t be afraid to ask questions; to be direct; and to request clarification if a response is vague.

Tip #4: Challenge.

Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Policies that worked for one generation may not be as effective with the next. So identify and challenge company conventions. Ask “why”or “why not” things are being done or aren’t being done a certain way and propose newer, faster, better ways of doing business.

Tip #5: Dabble

Explore areas, topics, knowledge, and skills that are completely unrelated to your job. Take a music class, learn to ballroom dance, hone your public speaking skills, join a photography club. In the process, you’ll likely learn some lessons and fresh perspectives you can apply in the workplace.

Are You a Dynamic Thinker Looking for a New Job?

If you are, give Murray Resources a call. As leading Houston recruiters, we can connect you with opportunities – many of which aren’t advertised – at some of Houston’s top employers. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

 

Murray Resources Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary

January 8th, 2013

(Houston, TX – January 8, 2013) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, announced a milestone anniversary today, with January 8th, 2013 marking the company’s 25th year in business. Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is one of Houston’s longest tenured recruiting and staffing firms.

“Being able to celebrate our 25th anniversary milestone is a wonderful achievement for our team, as it symbolizes the hard work and dedication they bring to work every day. It’s also a testament to the success and longevity of our clients, many of whom have been with us since we first opened our doors in 1988,” said Marsha Murray, the company’s founder and president.

Ms. Murray started Murray Resources in January 1988 with a $2,000 loan, which she used to purchase a typewriter, business cards, and a brochure. 25 years later, the firm has grown to count over 800 companies as clients, including eleven Fortune™ 1000 organizations. To date, Murray Resources has placed thousands of job seekers in roles ranging from administrative assistants to c-level executives.

“Our philosophy when I started the company was simple –to treat both employers and job seekers with honesty, integrity, and transparency throughout the recruiting process. If we couldn’t help a candidate, we let them know”, said Ms. Murray. “But we also committed to never letting them walk away without resources, ideas, or maybe even a lead. I’m proud that our original vision has endured for 25 years. It’s a large part of what’s made us successful.”

The company was among the first recruiting firms to utilize employee assessments to evaluate position/candidate match. Other notable initiatives have included building one of the industry’s most active job seeker blogs, launching a series of ‘Career Guider’ workshops to help job seekers with their search, hosting the ‘Hot Topics in HR’ seminar series to address issues relevant to HR professionals, and launching a mobile website to assist job seekers on the go.

Significant company milestones:

  • 1988 – Marsha Murray founds Murray Resources under its original name – Memorial City Personnel
  • 1988 – Murray Resources places its first job candidate at a public energy company. The company remains one of Murray Resources’ clients
  • 1995 – Murray Resources hires its first internal employee
  • 1999 – The company moves into its current offices in Memorial City
  • 2005 – Murray Resources receives the Economic Development Star Award for contributions to the growth and vitality of West Houston
  • 2007 – The company is named the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Industry Category by the Houston Business Journal
  • 2008 – Murray Resources is recognized as a ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Houston Business Journal
  • 2011 – Murray Resources expands its Professional Recruiting Division to meet growing client demand
  • 2011 – Marsha Murray named ‘Who’s Who in Energy’ by the Houston Business Journal
  • 2012 – Murray Resources launches ‘Career Guider’ workshops for job seekers and ‘Hot Topics in HR’ seminar series for Human Resources executives and business leaders

To help commemorate its 25th anniversary, Murray Resources unveiled its new 25th anniversary logo and will honor employees and clients with an appreciation reception in the spring.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. Murray Resources’ 95% Performance Evaluation Score represents one of the highest placement satisfaction rates in the industry. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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Murray Resources Adds Veteran Accounting and Finance Recruiter to Firm’s Professional Division

January 2nd, 2013

(Houston, TX – January 2, 2013) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, today announced that the company has added veteran accounting and finance recruiter, Melissa Campbell, to the firm’s Professional Division recruiting team. Ms. Campbell’s hiring helps address Murray Resources’ growing client demand for accounting and finance talent.

Ms. Campbell joins Murray Resources with over 10 years of experience placing Houston accounting and finance talent in a variety of roles, including: controller, assistant controller, CFO, senior accountant, senior internal audit, staff internal audit, senior external audit, treasury, staff accountant, accounting manager, financial analyst, bookkeeper, tax manager, financial analyst, payroll manager, accounts payable manager, credit manager, accounts receivable, and collections.

“We’re excited to have Melissa join our team, as she is one of the most experienced and well-respected accounting and finance recruiters in Houston. Her track record of success recruiting top financial talent will provide tremendous value to our clients,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

Already strong demand for Houston accounting professionals is expected to increase going into 2013 and beyond as national firms continue to expand and relocate to Houston to take advantage of the region’s rapid economic growth. Employers who are interested in working with Murray Resources to recruit Houston accounting talent, are advised to visit the company’s website at www.murrayresources.com or call 713.935.0009.

Talented accounting and financial professionals may view and apply to current job opportunities by visiting Murray Resource’s job board at jobs.murrayresources.com.

About Murray Resources

Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales.  Murray Resources’ 95% Performance Evaluation Score represents one of the highest placement satisfaction rates in the industry. The company has won numerous awards, including being named “One of the Top 25 Recruitment Firms”, “Best Places to Work”, and “#1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category” by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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Why You Need to Be on LinkedIn – Even if You’re Not Job Hunting

December 18th, 2012

You’re not looking for a new job. So why waste time creating a LinkedIn profile, right?

Wrong.

As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that LinkedIn isn’t just for job candidates; it’s a networking tool. And it can offer a variety of important benefits to all professionals, whether you’re happy where you are or looking to jump ship.

So what are some specific reasons you need to be on LinkedIn?

Reason #1: You can build a big network.

Even though you may not be searching for a new job now, you likely will be someday. And if you only have a handful of people in your network, it’s not going to get you very far. Likewise, if you only reach out to people when you need something – in this case, a job – then they’ll be suspicious. It’s better to build a robust network, so it’s there when you need it.

Reason #2: You can join industry groups.

Not only can you join groups dedicated to your industry or profession, but you can also make connections with like-minded professionals. Through those connections, you can share best practices, learn from diverse discussions about topics pertaining to your industry, identify partnership opportunities, and build relationships that may benefit you in the future.

Reason #3: You could be tapped for an exciting opportunity.

Many of today’s hiring managers use LinkedIn as a source to recruit passive candidates. So even if you’re not looking for a new job, a Houston recruiter or hiring manager may find you through your LinkedIn profile and come to you with an exciting job offer. And if you aren’t on LinkedIn, you’re closing the door on these kinds of career opportunities.

Reason #4: You can keep your resume up-to-date easily.

Your LinkedIn profile page is basically like your online resume. And it’s easy to keep up-to-date as you move forward in your career, whether you land a promotion or enhance your skill set. As a result, when it is time to look for a new job, you won’t have to start from scratch.

Reason #5: You can build your reputation.

When you join industry groups and participate in the “Answers” sections of LinkedIn, you can build a name for yourself by offering insightful tips and advice to others. And doing so can help you advance your career in a positive direction.

Need Help Finding a New Job?

If you’re an active job seeker, instead of a passive one, and you’d like some help finding a new job, let us know. As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources can connect you with top employers – and top jobs – in the area. Contact us today to learn more.

 

5 Creative Conversation Starters for the Company Holiday Party

December 7th, 2012

With holiday party season underway, it’s a perfect opportunity to get to know your co-workers in a less formal setting. To help break the ice, the recruiters at leading Houston staffing agency Murray Resources thought we would offer some ideas for all important conversation starters.

1. “I don’t think we’ve met before, I’m <name>.”

While this first one seems elementary, you’d be surprised at how many people are afraid to break out of their comfort zone and meet someone new at company get-togethers. Why miss out on the chance to make a new lunch buddy just because you don’t want to initiate contact with someone who doesn’t work on your floor? Having the poise to walk over and confidently introduce yourself starts off the conversation with a positive, inviting tone.

2. “How did you get your start with our company?”

This question is a great transition line to move past the inevitable what do you do/which floor do you work on/how long have you been working here banter. Your conversational partner may have come here from another company where you have a mutual acquaintance, or may have been hired through the use of a Houston staffing agency like Murray Resources; perhaps they’ll explain how they got their start in the industry, or maybe they’ll tell you about what they studied in college that made them want to be in this line of work. This kind of question is very open to interpretation, and its answers therefore usually contain a wealth of jumping-off points for your conversation.

3. “Have you been to one of these before? This is my first one.”

If it’s your first year with the company and your first holiday party with them, there’s no shame in admitting it! Everyone was a new kid on the block at one point, and will likely have some funny stories about their early days with the company. And if it turns out your conversational partner is a newbie like you, then you two already have something in common to talk about!

4. “What did you do over Thanksgiving?” or “Do you have any plans for the upcoming holidays?

This kind of question appropriately bridges the gap between personal and professional life, and can afford some nice insights about someone’s home life that people often don’t get the chance to discuss during the average workday. Most everyone has stories about holiday traditions and family get-togethers that are fun to share during this time of year.

5. “What do you love to do outside of work?”

This is perhaps our favorite get-to-know-you question to use at the annual company party, because it allows you to really learn something about your new acquaintance’s personality. Conversation flows smoothly when people are talking about their passion, and the most genuine connections are made when common interests are discovered and shared.

Successful networking, by definition the creation of meaningful relationships, begins with meaningful interactions. So instead of wasting your time in boring conversations at the upcoming company Christmas party, use some of these unique openers to create conversational situations that will allow you to learn more about your colleagues and what they’re passionate about.

Are you a talented Houston professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to Murray Resources, one of the leading Houston staffing agencies, for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

Houston Accounting Professionals Job Outlook

December 3rd, 2012

This is an excellent time for Houston accounting professionals in search of challenging, new opportunities. While some industries and functions have experienced a decline in the recent economic downturn, the demand for accounting professionals is strong and predicted to continue to increase well into 2014. CFO’s, controllers, accountants, AP managers, payroll managers, and bookkeepers are all in high demand.

This increase in demand means that accounting professionals can generally enjoy better work environments, salaries, and opportunities for career advancement. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks was $34,030 in 2010, with job growth of 14% expected by 2020. The median annual salary for accountants and auditors was $61,690, with job growth of 16% expected by 2020.

According to Yahoo! Education, financial analysts and financial advisors can expect a 38.8% increase in available jobs in the next few years. As older generations begin retiring, this will open up new opportunities in many different organizations across multiple industries. New financial regulations and an increase in financial management processes within corporations are also driving demand.

Murray Resources works with Houston accounting professionals to match them with employment opportunities that fit their skill-set and work-style preferences. We work with employers in various industries that are actively seeking accounting professionals. If you are considering a transition in your career, then now is the right time to contact us.

Are you a talented Houston accounting professional looking for your next career move?

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Holiday Networking Do’s and Don’ts

November 30th, 2012

With ample parties, gift-giving opportunities, and old-fashioned goodwill, the holidays just might be the perfect time to expand your professional network. Our recruiting team at Houston staffing agency Murray Resources has compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for you to keep in mind as you enjoy your holidays – and build your network:

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Do- Attend as many holiday parties as you can bear. If you’re serious about expanding your network, the more highly-populated events you attend, the better your chances are to make connections with fellow partygoers. If you’re new to town and don’t know anyone throwing holiday soirees, check your local paper and local networking social media accounts to find out about events hosted for the public.

Don’t Overcommit. Notice in the above tip how we said to attend as many holiday parties as you can handle? It means don’t wear out your holiday cheer. If you really can only have fun at one or two events max, that’s fine; and if you can handle 5 booked weekends full of festivities, then more power to you. Bottom line, no one wants a Grinch at their party who spends the whole time griping about how many holiday parties they have to go to. Remember, you’re at a celebration- have a good time!

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Do- Enjoy yourself at holiday events. Even if you’re goal is to capitalize on an event’s networking potential, remember that it’s still a party! People will naturally gravitate towards you if you’re exuding positive energy, so have fun!

Don’t Get egg-snockered. While everyone enjoys holiday spirits, Houston staffing agency Murray Resources would like to remind you that there is a limit. Too much of a good thing can often lead to embarrassment and regret the next day; don’t step on your own goals by driving away potential connections with crass or unruly behavior.

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Do- Send gifts. While normally this might be construed as sucking-up throughout other points in the year, the holidays give you the perfect excuse to stand out in the eyes of a desired contact by sending them a little something to show your appreciation of or admiration for them. A thoughtful gift that caters to the recipient’s interests is a small gesture that can go a long way when it comes to making a genuine connection.

Don’t- Splurge on gifts for people you don’t know. While you may think sending Mark Zuckerberg a $300 bottle of wine for Channukah might get you a job at Facebook, chances are things probably won’t work out that way. Sending a stranger an expensive or extremely valuable gift can be very off-putting for the recipient- it makes them feel awkward or unjustifiably indebted to someone who they don’t know. Like we said before, a simple and thoughtful gift is the best route to go if contacting a stranger.

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Do- Follow up with the contacts you made at holiday events. Don’t let offers to meet for coffee or to discuss a business proposition become unrealized party-talk. Send a follow-up email a day or two after the event to your new contact proposing a concrete time to meet and follow through with the plans you discussed. The prospect of a new year always brings with it an air of opportunity and new beginnings- capitalize on that energy by presenting your ideas as fresh and innovative.

Don’t- Harass a new connection. If a new contact fails to respond to your follow-up correspondence immediately, wait a week before reaching out again. The holidays are an extremely busy time of year, so be patient and flexible when it comes to respecting others’ schedules.

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By sticking to these do’s and don’ts, you’ll be sure to have a merry holiday season while expanding your professional network!

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to Murray Resources, award-winning Houston staffing agency, for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

Tips for Working with Houston Accounting Recruiters

November 29th, 2012

One of the best ways for Houston accounting professionals to discover new job opportunities is to work with a recruiting firm.  For candidates who have not worked with Houston accounting recruiters before, the team at Murray Resources has put together some tips that we believe will help you with the process.

Our process varies depending on the position, but here are some of the services you can expect when you work with us:

  • Resume Feedback
  • We help our candidates fine-tune their resumes to give them the best chance at making an excellent first impression.
  • Detailed Style and Skill Assessments
  • We believe that these assessments are vital steps to take in order to match job seekers with the right positions. We evaluate each individual’s work style and skills so that we can identify core strengths and areas that may need improvement.
  • Exclusive Job Access
  • We have relationships with many different employers, allowing us to present our candidates with unique opportunities.
  • In-Depth Interviews
  • We interview all of our potential candidates so that we can determine who might be the right fit for each position.
  • Salary Consultation
  • We have experience working in multiple industries and have placed countless candidates, affording us a thorough understanding of salary ranges in the job market today.

All of the organizations that we work with have very specific requirements when it comes to candidate qualifications. All of our candidates need to be able to perform all of the job responsibilities that are specified with each position and be a good fit for the unique company culture of each organization.

If you are considering working with Houston accounting recruiters, you should follow these key guidelines:

  • – Be honest about your skills.
  • – Apply for positions for which you are qualified.
  • – Be professional and dress professionally – Treat your meeting with your recruiter as you would an interview.
  • – Refer your contacts to positions that may be a good fit.

Working with a recruiter is an excellent way to find the right job that fits your professional needs. At Murray Resources, we take pride in our excellent track-record for placing job candidates with the right organizations.

Are you a talented Houston accounting professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to Murray Resources, one of the leading Houston accounting recruiters for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

Relieve Stress with Office Meditation

November 28th, 2012

Thanksgiving now behind us and Christmas-themed commercials abundant, it’s safe to say that the holidays are officially in full swing. But with gifts to buy, festivities to attend, and relatives not to offend, we at Murray Resources, one of the premier staffing agencies in Houston, understand that this time of year can get pretty stressful in both your personal and professional life.

In the spirit of keeping your holidays merry and bright, try these stress-relieving meditation techniques next time you begin feeling overwhelmed at home or in the workplace:

The Inner Smile

Often used in Taoist and Buddhist circles to relax before meditation, this technique helps to loosen the facial muscles that tend to unconsciously tense up as your stress level builds. Close your eyes and imagine yourself smiling with your forehead, exuding positive energy and releasing tension. Once you feel the muscles begin to relax in the areas you’re concentrating on, apply it to other parts of your face such as your temples, cheek bones, and jaw.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing has a calming effect on both mind and body, as the physical act of releasing a breath is associated with the mental release of negativity and stress. Breathe in through the nose, imagining your abdomen as a balloon filling with air. Push your diaphragm down and out as you inhale so as to make as much space as possible for the balloon to expand. Once you have no more room to expand, exhale through the mouth just as deeply, envisioning all of your tension draining out of you with each release. Attempt to match the duration of your exhale to that of your inhale to create a measured, even pattern of deep breathing.

Body Scan Meditation

This technique attempts to relax your entire body by concentrating on certain body parts piece by piece. Close your eyes and clear your mind. Imagine you are being lowered ever so slowly into a warm, glowing hot spring. Concentrate on the sensation of warmth first in your toes, and let it slowly move up your body. If you’re pressed for time, you may only be able to focus on relaxing one or two parts of your body (i.e. shoulders and neck). If you have a little more time, however, slowly guide the warmth through your feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, lower back, spine, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, back of the head, and finally forehead.

We at Murray Resources, one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, understand that holiday cheer comes with holiday responsibilities, which are often a source of stress at both home and the office. Keep this time of year from becoming overwhelming with these stress-relieving meditation techniques you can practice throughout your day!

For more detailed descriptions of each of these techniques, as well as even more types of meditation, check out the “12 Meditation Techniques for the Office” piece that inspired this post.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston– Murray Resources – for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

The Best Time to Ask for a Raise

November 27th, 2012

So you have proven yourself as a valuable employee and put in countless hours on the job. Your supervisors have taken note of your excellent performance and you have been commended for your accomplishments. In light of all this positive reinforcement, you rightfully may be wondering, ‘Is it time to ask for a raise?’

The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources will all agree that timing is everything when it comes to this issue. Following these tips about knowing when to ask for a raise will put you in the best possible position to successfully negotiate your desired salary:

Do Your Research

Before you set up a meeting with your boss, you should do plenty of research about typical compensation for your particular position. There are a number of websites available that can give you a general baseline. For many positions, our Houston recruiters can give you a good idea of what the industry standard is. If you are being paid below the market rate for your position, then you may be more likely to receive a raise if you ask for one.

Consider the Economy

It’s no secret that we are currently experiencing a sluggish economy. With so many people facing layoffs and pay cuts, you may be hesitant to ask for an increase in your salary. Conditions are certainly better for you when the economy is stronger. If things are slower at your company and departments are facing cutbacks, you should probably wait at least one or two quarters to reevaluate things before approaching your supervisor for a pay raise.

Market Yourself

Many people make the mistake of failing to sell their manager on why they deserve a raise. Your supervisor may be aware of some of your accomplishments, but if you want a higher salary than you will need to be prepared to highlight many different ways that you have proven yourself as an asset to the company. Selling yourself the right way makes it much easier for your employer to consider you for a pay increase.

Consider a Change in Your Position

This long-term strategy puts you in a great position to ask for a raise when the time comes. First, ask your supervisor if you can transfer to a position with more responsibility. If you move to a new position that produces more value for the company, then you can leverage this as a reason to justify asking for a raise. Just make sure that you time your request appropriately and not when the company or your current department is short-staffed.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to the top Houston recruiters at Murray Resources for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

What to Do When You’ve Got Everything a Job Opening Requires…but the MBA

November 27th, 2012

Picture it:

You come across a job opening that sounds right up your alley. The more you read on, the more excited you get. And then you get to the end, where it says “MBA required.”

You don’t have an MBA, but you have all the other skills and experience required for the position. Plus, you just know you could do the job and that you’d be a great fit for the position.

So should you ignore the requirements and apply anyway?

As top Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that hiring managers typically use requirements to avoid being deluged by dozens, or hundreds of unqualified candidates. They hope that by including an “MBA required” statement, that they’ll reduce the number of unqualified candidates applying for the position.

But, if you truly meet all the other requirements and have a great fit background for the position, then you should apply anyway.

That said, you’re already facing a significant hurdle with that lack of degree. As a result, you’re going to need to make an extra effort to stand out. Here’s how:

Be Relevant.

Come up with a list of as many skills and accomplishments that are relevant to the particular position. Then weave those points into your cover letter and resume. You need to showcase that despite your lack of an MBA, you have the background to do the job – and be successful at it.

Be Savvy.

Do you know someone who already works at the company who could refer you? Hiring managers are much more open to candidates that are referred to them by trusted sources.

Also, if you do know someone, ask him or her for tips on getting hired. They may be able to give you the scoop on what types of accomplishments or experience are particularly important to the hiring manager.

Be Confident.

Don’t let your lack of an MBA undermine your confidence in an interview. If anything, it’s even more important for you to project confidence and showcase your professionalism and proven track record. However, if you feel defensive and nervous, it will come through in your interview answers.

Be Open.

Perhaps your lack of MBA will hold you back in getting the offer. However, if you impress the hiring manager with your background, then they may offer you a different opportunity or information about an upcoming position. Even if it’s not the job you originally wanted, be open to these kinds of opportunities. You never know where they might lead.

Want More Job Search Help?

If you do, give Murray Resources a call. As top Houston recruiters, we partner with leading employers in the area – and can give you access to a variety of rewarding jobs in your field. Contact us today to learn more!

 

5 Tactics to Stand Out as a Job Applicant

November 26th, 2012

We at Murray Resources, leading Houston recruiting firm, know it’s a tough job market out there in this economy. We’re committed to helping people become their best candidate possible when it comes to applying for a position, and we’ve acquired some tricks over the years that can help a candidate get that extra edge necessary to land an interview. Intrigued? Then check out our list of 5 techniques that will help you to stand out as a job applicant below:

Snail mail:

In addition to electronically submitting your application, cover letter and resume for a job opening, surprise someone in HR by mailing a hard copy directly to the reviewer. While some bloggers have written this tactic off as superfluous or outdated, we know firsthand that when wading through a sea of electronic submissions, it’s refreshing to receive the personal touch of a hand addressed letter containing a thoughtful cover letter and resume. Just be sure to follow all instructions in the application when doing so, and indicate in your cover letter that you’ve also submitted an electronic copy for their review.

Leverage Your Connections:

As we’ve stressed every week on this blog, networking is a huge part of landing your dream job. If you’re fortunate enough to know someone who already works at the company you’re interested in, or who is in the same industry as your ideal employer, see if they can help you get your foot in the door. Meet up with your connection for lunch or coffee and politely ask if they’d be willing to write you a recommendation or make an introduction for you. A good word from someone in the business can go a long way in a reviewer’s eyes.

Utilize Social Media:

More and more companies are turning to social media platforms to engage with customers as well as job seekers. Take advantage of these direct lines of connection with a target employer by interacting with them on their social media profiles. Liking their Facebook page, commenting on their LinkedIn posts, and following them on Twitter are all great ways to learn more about the company, its culture, and upcoming events and opportunities. As an award-winning Houston recruiting firm, Murray Resources is constantly using social media to share new job openings, career advice, and recent successes with clients and candidates who follow us.

Strategic Resume Naming:

We’ve touched on the topic of common resume blunders in some of our previous posts, but we think one of them in particular is worth revisiting. As the job application process becomes increasingly digital, reviewers are swamped with more and more generically named resumes, i.e. “John Smith Resume,” “Smith Resume 2012,” or worst of all, simply “Resume.” Your resume file name provides one of the first opportunities to convey your creativity and enthusiasm for the position you’re seeking to a potential employer. Don’t waste the opportunity to stand out by using a generic title to save your resume that you’re uploading to an electronic application. Name your resume document something specific to the job you’re applying for that will catch a reviewer’s eye, i.e. “John Smith- Coca Cola, Inc. Financial Analyst Resume.”

Show Your Appreciation:

If our first four tips helped get you through the first round of the application process and landed you an interview, congratulations! But you’re not finished just yet. If you really want to stand out as a job applicant, after your interview, always always ALWAYS (did we mention always?) send a personalized thank you note to your interviewer. Email is obviously the quickest and easiest way to do this, but handwritten letters are pretty rare these days and add a personalized touch to an already nice gesture. Aside from thanking your interviewer for their time, there are a number of other topics you can mention in your note: reemphasize something you and your interviewer discussed during your time together, congratulate the company on a recent success, or even include an article that may be pertinent to the industry if you think your contact would find it interesting.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to Murray Resources, award-winning Houston recruiting firm, for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

6 of the Best Online Networking Resources For Job Seekers

November 23rd, 2012

It’s no secret that networking online can lead to real life opportunities. The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources have compiled a list of six  networking websites that do a particularly good job of facilitating the transition from on-screen compatibility to in-person connections.

If you’re a job hunter and trying to broaden your network, consider using these sites to find networking events and other opportunities in your area:

1. MeetUp.com

MeetUp.com is an excellent resource for anyone looking to make new contacts. Free to join, this website allows you to connect with people of similar interests and to find a wide variety of networking events in your area. Rather than having to keep up with specific businesses, MeetUp lists all of your local events in one convenient spot, so you’ll never miss a networking opportunity.

2. LunchMeet

As the name implies, LunchMeet is a smart-phone app that allows users to setup lunch meetings with members of the LinkedIn network. Users can download the app for free and then post their availability. The app will then search for professionals in their area who may be able to meet you for lunch. The app is a great resource for making new contacts, learning about different industries, and perhaps even finding out who may be hiring in your area.

3. Ryze.com

With over 600,000 users, Ryze is a site that allows users to build a networking-oriented profile that showcases their talents and connects them with professionals from all over the country. Users must apply through Ryze’s website to become a member, theoretically ensuring that only top talent will be found on their site. If you work in a high-tech industry, this site is a particularly powerful networking resource.

4. BrazenCareerist.com

Brazen Careerist was originally created for college students and others just starting out in business. The site is run by a popular blogger who posts helpful content about working and finding work in today’s economy. The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources have linked to articles from the site from our own company blog.

5. BranchOut

BranchOut is a smart-phone app that visitors to Facebook can use to look for potential job listings at companies where their friends work. The app can help users find out whom they know that can put a good word in for them at the hiring company.

6. Meteor

Meteor is another app that uses social networking platforms to search for networking opportunities. The app connects to a user’s Facebook or LinkedIn account and gives them recommendations based on their network and interests.

With online networking being such a significant part of today’s job search, we hope these websites are useful in expanding your networking opportunities while helping you bridge the gap between the web and the real world.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to the top Houston recruiters at Murray Resources for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

Annual Performance Review Myths BUSTED

November 21st, 2012

There are three words that, when combined in a certain order, have the power to raise the collective blood pressure of an entire office: Annual. Performance. Review.

The recruiters at Murray Resources, the award-winning Houston staffing agency, are constantly receiving questions about annual appraisals from employees, and we think it’s high time to de-bunk some of the myths that make the concept of an annual performance review so daunting.

MYTH#1:

An annual performance review is your boss’s chance to rehash every little mistake you’ve made as an employee over the past year.

Why This Myth Exists:

Employers often don’t do a good enough job setting proper expectations for performance reviews. The purpose, the process, and the possible outcomes are typically under-communicated, creating unnecessary anxiety going into the review.

The Truth:

An annual performance review is really an opportunity for an employer and employee to step back and assess how well the employee met their work objectives for the year, to learn from past mistakes and, to set new goals for the future.

MYTH #2:

An annual performance review is a waste of an employer’s and employee’s time since it covers past projects instead of looking forward.

Why This Myth Exists:

Reviewing a year’s-worth of accumulated work can be an overwhelming notion, with employees assuming they’ll have to review the difficult-to-recall minutiae of past projects.

The Truth:

Annual performance reviews are just that: the review of an individual’s ANNUAL performance. While individual projects likely received specific feedback, an annual performance review gives employers and employees the opportunity to review projects at a higher level and to identify / discuss general work patterns that may have formed over the past year.

MYTH #3:

The annual performance review is the only time when serious feedback can be offered and discussed with employees.

Why This Myth Exists:

As a leading Houston staffing agency with a client base of over 800 companies, we get it: work days can get hectic. With deadlines to meet and tasks to be accomplished, it’s easy for managers to get wrapped up in the day-to-day responsibilities of their position and to feel that they don’t have time for a formal meeting with an employee to discuss their work habits.

The Truth:

While annual performance reviews are indeed an important part of keeping employees on track to meet their goals, they shouldn’t be the only time feedback is given. Quarterly or even monthly one-on-one meetings with employees are a great way to ensure short-term goals are being achieved and small issues don’t grow into big ones over the course of a year. Frequent feedback in a comfortable, more informal environment lessens the anxiety of a pending annual performance review.

We hope that with these three common myths busted, you’ll be able to walk into your next annual performance review less anxious and more prepared.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

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How You Know When It’s Time to Change Jobs

November 17th, 2012

Afraid of the uncertainties that changing jobs can entail, many people try to convince themselves that it’s normal for a job to be a source of unhappiness and undue stress. If you find yourself dreading your morning commute and feeling miserable throughout the day, it’s probably time to start looking for a different position. We spend the majority of our adult lives working, so it’s important that we enjoy what we do!

For all those people trying to convince themselves otherwise, premier Houston staffing agency Murray Resources has put together a list of signs that say it’s time to find a new fit:

You Spend a Lot of Time Staring at the Clock

Unfortunately, we cannot speed up time no matter how often we look at the clock. If you find yourself checking the time excessively throughout the day, disappointed when you find that not as much time has passed as you hoped, chances are you’re bored with your day-to-day activities and should start looking for a more stimulating environment.

You Want to Progress, but the Advancement Opportunities are Unappealing

You know that you would like to take on new responsibilities and move forward with your career, but what your boss or his boss does on a daily basis simply does not interest you. If this is the case, you may consider contacting our Houston staffing agency to help you find a company with better advancement opportunities and room for your own personal growth.

You Come Home Stressed Almost Every Day

Stress from work can really take its toll on our private lives. If you come home stressed all of the time, it can be almost impossible to enjoy your time off. Your personal relationships and even your physical health may suffer. While small levels of stress at work can help motivate you to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks, excessive stress from your job shouldn’t be spilling into your home life. The professionals at Murray Resources, award-winning Houston staffing agency, have hundreds of candidates whose lives changed for the better after leaving leaving an excessively stressful job.

You Dread Waking Up and Going to Work

If you find yourself hitting the snooze button more often than usual, it may not be due to lack of sleep. It is hard for anyone to be excited about waking up and going to work if they do not enjoy what they do everyday. You should strive to find a position that provides you with engaging challenges that will keep you motivated and energized everyday.

Another Career Sounds More Interesting to You

Sometimes we can find ourselves working a job that really does not match our personalities. If there is another career out there that you’ve always wanted to explore, there is no better time than the present to start pursuing it.

You Don’t Enjoy Talking About Your Job

Have you ever been having a conversation with your friends or loved ones and found yourself reluctant to discuss your job? This can be a sign that you are not really fulfilled by your current position- if you love what you do, you’d want to share your experiences with those whom you love.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Your job shouldn’t feel like a grind, and if it does, then it’s time to make a change. Murray Resources is an award-winning Houston staffing agency that specializes in finding job hunters the right position to fit their individual needs. If you are ready to start exploring more rewarding career options, then Contact Murray Resources today.

 

How to Deal with a Disruptive Colleague

November 16th, 2012

When working in an office environment, you’re exposed to a number of different personality types, some of which you’ve never encountered before, and not all of which are going to be easy to work with. The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources have put together a list of the best ways to deal with disruptive personality types commonly found around the office.

1. The Terrible Phone Talker

This person is always on the phone, and not solely for business-related matters. Not only does it sound like they are yelling every time they’re on a call, but also their personal conversations are distracting you from concentrating on your tasks at hand. Here’s how to handle the situation:

  • Politely ask your neighbor to speak more quietly when they are on the phone because it disrupts your workflow. Also, suggest that they might want to make their personal calls in a more private area, as the workstations aren’t sound-proof and they probably don’t want all of their colleagues knowing the intimate details of their personal affairs.
  • If their behavior persists, you can ask your supervisor to move either the Talker or you to another workspace, citing an inability to focus and hindered productivity as problems stemming from your current location.

 

2. The Imprudent Inspector

You and your colleagues spend most of your waking hours at work, so it’s nice to know a little bit about each others’ interests and lives outside of the office. Sometimes, however, you encounter a colleague who consistently takes the “we’re all friends here” mentality a little too far. They constantly cross the line and ask intrusive personal questions. It’s important to nip this behavior in the bud to ensure your time at work is spent in a pleasant, productive atmosphere, not dreading personal invasions of privacy. Some solutions:

  • The Imprudent Inspector often isn’t intentionally trying to make people uncomfortable with their intrusive inquiries. They usually just don’t understand the boundaries of socially acceptable conversation. Be direct when they broach an inappropriate topic by saying something like, “I really don’t think that’s an appropriate subject to discuss at work,” or “I don’t feel comfortable sharing that information from my personal life.”
  • If the behavior persists, talk to someone in your company’s HR department about some office sensitivity training. A refresher course on appropriate and inappropriate office banter can help him or her be more cognizant of and deliberate with the kinds of conversation they create.

 

3. The Desktop Drummer

This person is a close relative of the Toe Tapper, Squeaky Chair Spinner, and Gum Smacker. All of these nervous habits are usually ones that someone performs unconsciously, but are nonetheless still distracting to the people around them. Our Houston recruiters recommend using these two tactful methods to approach the subject:

  • Approach your co-worker amicably by asking if they’ve been under a lot of stress recently; you’ve noticed that they seem to be fidgeting a lot. If so, see if there’s anyway you can help them out.
  • If that doesn’t help, politely suggest that they express the habit in a way that doesn’t prove distracting to those around them. If they drum their pen on the desk, ask that they do it on a surface that will mute the sound (i.e. their leg or a mousepad). If they tap their foot, suggest they cross their legs and do it mid-air instead of on the floor.

The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources recommend that it’s best to approach a disruptive colleague directly, and remain polite but firm when voicing your grievances. Alerting HR of more personal issues is always a good idea as well, as they have been trained to handle these kinds of situations and can do so in a way that doesn’t affect your relationship with an otherwise agreeable co-worker. If the distracting behavior persists after you’ve exhausted these aforementioned avenues, only then should you consider speaking with your supervisor about the problem. We do maintain however that enlisting a supervisor’s interference should be a last resort. By using these tactful techniques to approach a disruptive personality in the workplace, you can ensure that you and your colleagues are able to produce your best quality work in a pleasant, conflict-free environment.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to the top Houston recruiters at Murray Resources for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

10 Most Common Mistakes Job Seekers Make

November 15th, 2012

At Murray Resources, leading Houston staffing agency, we strive to help job seekers find employment more efficiently and effectively. With almost twenty-five years of experience in the recruiting industry, we’ve amassed a working knowledge of techniques that prove advantageous on the job hunt, and others that fall flat.

We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most common mistakes job seekers make with the hopes that you’ll avoid this slip-ups when preparing your own applications:

1) Not Following Application Instructions

This mistake can end your chances at landing an interview before the race has even begun. Employers often will include specific instructions on their applications to see how well candidates pay attention to detail. When you are filling out an application, thoroughly read through the material and make note of any special instructions or requirements. Once you think you’ve completed an application, be sure to double check everything before submitting it.

2) Giving Up Too Soon

Especially in times of economic duress, this is a mistake we see happen far too often. Tired from what has felt like a long and laborious job search, candidates will throw in the towel before the application process is complete. You may be the perfect candidate for a job but if you give up too early in the game you’ll never know it. Persistence is crucial in any job search, and ultimately will pay off when you find the company that’s just the right fit.

3) Keeping a Job Search Too Narrow

Flexibility is important when you’re trying to find a position that meets your needs. In a competitive job marked, consider broadening your search to include other positions you may not have considered before. For example, if you have experience as a copywriter for an advertising agency, you may also consider marketing or media buying positions as well. Think outside the box when it comes to transferable skills you’ve acquired throughout your life.

4) Focusing On Salary

It’s tempting to try to find a job that pays the highest salary, but there are a number of other factors that are crucial to ensuring your success with a company. While compensation is important, you should also consider the company culture, your coworkers, the company’s history and growth opportunities within the organization as well. Your salary should not be the only deciding factor when it comes to choosing the right company to work for.

5) Submitting a Bad Resume

If there’s one thing this Houston staffing agency can’t stress enough on this blog, it’s that your resume is IMPORTANT. Your resume will be your first point of contact with a potential employer, your chance to make the right impression from the very beginning. Grammatical errors, formatting inconsistencies and confusing language can all be huge turnoffs. Before you submit your resume to any organization, you should tailor it to the position you are applying for and double-check for any mistakes. If you want more resume help, check out our past post about 6 common resume typos to avoid.

6) Lacking Accountability

Looking for a job is often said to be a full time job in and of itself. In order to keep yourself on track, enlist someone that can hold you accountable for meeting deadlines and submitting applications throughout your job search. Having a friend, loved one or fellow job searcher to keep you accountable is a great way to make sure you make progress in your search.

7) Listing Out-of-Date Contacts

When you list references on your resume, these contacts should be up-to-date. Nothing says that you are unprepared as clearly as poor job references. Before you add these people to your resume, contact them and let them know that you are looking for a new job and ask them if they will provide you with a good reference.

8) Adding “Filler” Content to Your Resume

When job seekers start feeling like they’re getting nowhere with all of the applications they’ve submitted, resumes began to fill up with more adjectives than accomplishments in an attempt to make a candidate seem more qualified. We know it’s hard, but avoid adding filler content to your resume at all costs. Fluff only weakens your first impression, and makes it look like you’re making excuses rather than presenting yourself as a qualified applicant. Focus the content of your resume on measurable results that will be relevant to the position you are applying for.

9) Neglecting Social Media

Social media has created fantastic opportunities for modern job seekers. In fact, many employers will list an available position on their Twitter feed or Facebook page before they move on to other job search sites. Take advantage of these avenues of direct communication with a prospective employer by closely following and engaging with their social media platforms.

10) Going It Alone

When it comes to your job search, you want to give yourself the best chance at finding your ideal position. To do this more effectively, consider working with a Houston staffing agency who has experience in your industry. Murray Resources has an unparalleled track record of success when it comes to placing candidates in the right positions, and we have the experience and resources that can help set any job seeker up for success.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to premier Houston staffing agency Murray Resources for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

Houston Recruitment Firm Offers 5 Ways to Relax and De-Stress at the Office

November 14th, 2012

Impending deadlines, increased workloads and demanding managers are just a few of the variables that can start to make you feel overwhelmed with responsibilities throughout your workday. The key to success in these types of situations is knowing how to manage this stress and not let it negatively affect you. We at Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruitment firm, have compiled a list of 5 techniques to help you relax and unwind at work.

1. Remember to Breathe

Studies show that when we are stressed or anxious, we tend to take shorter breaths. While it may not sound like a big deal at first, did you know that this irregular pattern of breathing can lead to light-headedness or headaches? Deep breathing is an excellent technique for calming the nerves and clearing the mind. Here’s how to do it:

  • In order to take long, deep breaths that fill your lungs with air, allow your diaphragm to push out and down as you breathe in slowly. As you exhale, pull your diaphragm in slightly.
  • Inhale through your nose for a slow five count, and exhale through your mouth for a slow five count. With each exhale, envision all of your tension, stress, and negative energy leaving your body.
  • Continue breathing in this fashion for one to two minutes.
  • Repeat this process at least three times throughout your day, more frequently in times of heightened stress.

2. Listen to Classical Music

Studies have also shown that classical music and piano compositions can help people relax by engaging their brain in a different kind of analysis. By focusing on the intricacies and complexities woven throughout a piece, the mind works to place and predict each note, while you can let your other worries dissipate. If classical music isn’t to your liking, there are a number of other soothing styles of music that can help to lower your stress levels through the same process of mental distraction: jam bands like Explosions in the Sky compose lyricless ephemeral music; instrumental cuts of bluesy electric guitar riffs from Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughn can be relaxing; there are even soothing electronic pieces in genres like trance or dubstep that can help to ease your stress levels. Rather than starting your day listening to the morning news in your car, try listening to the relaxing music of your choice instead. You can even bring your iPod to work and listen to a track or two on your lunch break.

3. Massage Your Neck

Mounting stress can manifest itself in the form of tense muscles in the neck and shoulders, leading to headaches and general discomfort. Counteract these negative side-effects by stretching and massaging your neck and upper back muscles while at your desk. At least three times a day, use one or both of your hands to massage your neck muscles for about 60 seconds. If things are really tight, consider getting a massage every two weeks or so to relieve built-up tension.

4. Take a Walk

The professionals at our Houston recruitment firm will tell you that this is one of the best ways to relax in the middle of a stressful workday. Spending hours on end sitting in the same position staring at a computer screen is neither healthy nor productive. When you have the chance to take a break or go to lunch, go for a brief walk (music optional) to clear your mind. If possible, get outside for some fresh air. Going for a leisurely stroll helps to relax muscle tension and get your blood pumping, making you feel more alert and energized.

5. Laugh

You’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, researchers agree that taking a moment to laugh is a great way to keep stress at bay. Take a break in your day to swap stories with your office neighbors about something funny that happened over the weekend. Or, if you’re feeling a little anti-social, the Internet is a great place to find a quick laugh. There are tons of websites that post funny images (Imgur and Buzzfeed) or satirical articles (The Onion and Cracked) that can lighten your mood, or you can always browse through the millions of cute kitten videos on YouTube!

Regardless of your position in a company, chances are you’re going to encounter stress at work. Our five tips offer ways to cope with that stress while maintaining your own productivity and mental focus, proving to yourself and those around you that you can perform under pressure.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to Murray Resources, the top Houston recruitment firm for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

How to Set Up a Successful Informational Interview

November 13th, 2012

As one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, TX, Murray Resources has seen informational interviews work well for job seekers looking to enter a new industry or job function. A well-executed informational interview can provide job leads, opportunities for industry-related introductions, and a more focused search for candidates looking to break into a particular sector.

Below we’ve compiled a list of five crucial steps for conducting a successful informational interview:

1)      Target Your Search — Prepare a detailed list of intriguing industries and types of companies in which you would potentially want to work. Be sure to narrow your list to a few industries that are not only interesting to you, but also are practical for your abilities and an environment in which you could achieve success. From this list of industries and companies, compile a list of any personal contacts you might know in this sphere.

2)      Make Contact and Be Specific – After you’ve highlighted the people you know in your target industries and related companies, reach out to your contacts to set up an official appointment. It is extremely important that from the onset you convey to your potential interviewee that you are not looking for a job. Be specific in explaining the true purpose of your proposed informational interview- that you are looking for career advice and insights about that particular industry from someone who knows it well. Also, while it may be tempting to try and set up an informal meet-up to learn about an industry via casual conversation, this is a business interview and should be conducted as such. A professional atmosphere helps to ensure that both parties stay on topic, and you glean the specific information you’re looking for.

3)      Be Flexible – Remember, this contact is taking time out of their day to meet with you. Be flexible and understanding when it comes to working around their busy schedule. Someone who has agreed to participate in an informational interview has done so because they are passionate about their career and want to share their insights with an interested audience; the advice they have to offer is well worth the hoops you may have to jump through to accommodate them.

4)      Create An Agenda – Of all the steps, this is the one in which you get to showcase your professionalism as well as your creativity. When coming up with a list of questions for the interview, do some research on the industry/company of your informational interviewee. Thorough research gives you a foundation of knowledge from which you can create insightful and specific questions, and also shows your interviewee that you’re dedicated and committed to put in the time and effort to learn about their industry.

5)      Show Your Appreciation – After the meeting, make sure your interviewee knows just how appreciative you are of their time and insights that they shared with you. Send them a thank you email or handwritten note as soon as you get home expressing your gratitude for their willingness to take time out of their schedule to help you. It’s also a nice gesture to send them an update later on down the road if you end up acting upon a piece of advice they’ve given you, or landing a job in their industry. If they cared enough to meet with you, they likely want to hear about your progress and success!

Sticking to these five simple steps will ensure that you conduct a productive and successful informational interview. Armed with valuable knowledge about your career interests, staffing agencies in Houston, TX like Murray Resources can better help you take the next step of landing that dream job!

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

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Five Ways to Prepare for Your First Day on the Job

November 12th, 2012

It’s a great feeling when Houston staffing agencies like Murray Resources set you up with an employment opportunity that turns into an actual job. But how can you ensure that your first day will be the lasting, positive impression that you want it to be?

Below we’ve compiled a list of important details to keep in mind when preparing for a successful first day:

1)      Look up the office address and parking situation – There are few worse feelings in the world than showing up late to an important event, especially in an unfamiliar environment. Running late to work on a normal day is stressful enough, but spending an unplanned extra 15 minutes of your commute driving around lost on unfamiliar roads or turned around in the parking garage on your first day at a new job puts you in a frenzied, negative mindset that can ruin what was supposed to be an exciting and fresh start. Many times, interviews are conducted by Houston staffing agencies or at a company’s corporate office and not the actual location where you will be working, so be sure to double check the address and directions to where your actual office is.

2)      Dress to impress – In any unfamiliar professional setting, especially on your first day at a new job, it’s always better to err on the side of overdressed rather than under. The first impression you make often happens before you even open your mouth, so wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident within the boundaries of professionalism. Something you would wear to church or a nice dinner with your grandparents is always a safe bet for an office environment.

3)      Did you bring your papers? – Most of the time, your first day will be spent filling out paperwork, signing forms, and watching training videos. This new employee paperwork usually requires certain kinds of official documents to prove your identity, citizenship, proof of residence, etc. Get in contact with an HR representative or the new hire advisor at the company who can tell you what documents to bring on your first day so you can get all of the necessary paperwork out of the way. Commonly requested official documents include driver’s license or State issued Identification Card, Social Security Card, Passport, Birth Certificate, or Right to Work permits.

4)      Get to know your company – As we’ve already touched on, an unfamiliar environment can easily feel intimidating and overwhelming. A great way to curb these anxieties is to conduct some research about the company you’re starting with so that you’re more familiar with what to expect upon your arrival. Learning about your new employer’s industry, recent news, and corporate policies and values is usually just a matter of browsing through the company website. Showing up well-informed on your first day leaves a great first impression on colleagues and supervisors when they see how much you care about your new position and are willing and eager to learn.

5)      Connect with fellow co-workers – Utilizing social networking sites such as LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people you’ll be working with before you even step foot in the office. Engaging your soon-to-be-colleagues in conversations about shared interests or even just questions about the company can greatly help lessen the stress of feeling alone when you first arrive, and you can learn a lot more about a person through their social media profiles than in that 15-second introductory break room conversation.

Your first day on the job plays a major role in determining your attitude towards your new company and setting the tone for your time with them. These five helpful hints will help you to start off on the right foot for what’s sure to be a new and exciting journey!

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to one of the top Houston staffing agencies – Murray Resources – for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

Top 5 New Manager Mistakes

November 11th, 2012

Just promoted into a management role? Congratulations…now the real work begins. And if you’re like most new managers, you’ll likely make some mistakes during the transition process. However, by being aware of what the most common ones are ahead of time, you can certainly take steps to avoid them, minimizing the impact on your new team.

So what are they? Here’s a look at five new manager mistakes:

Mistake #1: Looking Over Everyone’s Shoulders…All the Time.

As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that a new management role is stressful. Enthusiastic about your new position, it’s no surprise that you’ll want to be in on every meeting, phone call, and decision. However, micro-managing is annoying and it says to your new staff that you don’t trust them. So rather than looking over their shoulders at all times, communicate your goals and expectations to each employee…and then give them the freedom to deliver.

Mistake #2: Not Defining Goals and Expectations.

Speaking of communication, a lack of it is also a problem, particularly when it means you’re not clearly communicating goals and expectations to your team. So meet with each team member individually and discuss what you expect from them and how success will be measured. Also, be sure to ask questions so you know they understand what you’re trying to communicate to them.

Mistake #3: Making Too Many Changes, Too Fast.

Sure you’ve got great ideas and a strong track record…that’s how you landed the promotion in the first place. However, if you have lots of ideas and plans for your new team, take your time in implementing them. Understand that your staff is still adjusting to a new boss and making many radical changes on top of that will be hard for them to accept. So take your time…and invest your efforts in building trust and a rapport first.

Mistake #4: Letting the Promotion Go to Your Head.

You’ve been promoted, that’s great. But that doesn’t mean you can treat people with disrespect. If you do, then that’s a fast path to unhappy employees…not a good position to be in considering that your success depends upon their productivity and results.

Mistake #5: Avoiding Advice.

Don’t think that just because you’re a manager that you know it all. In fact, the best leaders in the world got their because they heeded wise counsel and know that they STILL don’t know it all. And if you’re a new manager, you’re going to be expected to make tough decisions just as well as veteran managers. So seek out advice and insight from trusted colleagues and mentors, as well as your own team members.

Need Help Hiring?

You’re the boss – and now you have to wear a lot more hats. If one of them is hiring, Murray Resources can help you along the way. As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, TX, we can source, screen, interview, test, and verify backgrounds, all so you can focus on managing your new team, while gaining access to top talent. Contact Murray Resources today to learn more.

 

How Can Starbucks Advance Your Career? The Best Networking Tip for Job Seekers

November 9th, 2012

At Murray Resources, our Houston recruiters are always looking for new ways to help people find methods to improve their job search. When it comes to finding and capitalizing on new opportunities, there is no better technique than effective networking. The number one tip we always recommend to our candidates is to plan your meals as networking opportunities.

In his breakthrough book about networking, Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi discusses how important it is to set up business lunches with new contacts. The author cites several examples where success in business and politics is the result of personal relationships. He claims that reaching out to other people for help and looking for ways you can be generous is the best way to find a path to success.

Ferrazzi recommends that you set up new business lunches and networking opportunities as often as you can. By widening your network, you have the chance to meet new individuals and offer your services. Many people are more than happy to help out if you are sincere and ask for help.

Start out by making a list of people you would like to meet with in your industry. This can be accomplished executives, human resource managers or professors at business schools in your area. Houston recruiters recommend that you send each individual a short and personalized e-mail and offer to buy him or her lunch. Be sure to include your intentions for the meeting, such as asking the person questions about their industry or finding out about ways you can volunteer your services.

And since buying a new person lunch everyday can become expensive, offering to meet someone for coffee is just as effective. Many people are happy to sit down and talk about their work over a latte—especially when someone else is buying! Remember that you are asking someone else to volunteer their time to sit down with you; be flexible when it comes to accommodating his or her schedule.

Our Houston recruiters will all agree that sharing a meal with someone is one of the best ways to expand your personal network and find out about new opportunities that may be available. Keep in mind that you should always be looking for ways to provide value to these people before you ask for any favors. If you follow these steps then you will be surprised at how many new doors may open up for you.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

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10 Tips for Making Yourself Indispensable at Work

November 5th, 2012

As Houston recruiters, professionals look to us for help in finding a job. Those who are really thinking ahead ask “what can I do to make myself more valuable to my employer?” With the idea of life time employment being a thing of the past for most employees, making yourself indispensable at work is today’s version of job security. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 ways to ensure that you become – and remain – invaluable to your employer.

1. Keep Your Skills Up To Date

Does your company provide ongoing training? Is there new software your department is testing? Provide value by staying on the leading edge of current technology and always be furthering your skills. Be among the first to volunteer to adopt new technologies. You may soon find that you’re training others and becoming the “go-to” person when others in your department have questions.

2. Be a Leader

The most valuable employees do not limit themselves to the projects they’re assigned. Volunteer to do more. Always be eager to tackle new problems and take on new responsibilities if you can. Find unique ways to solve problems that are vexing your department.

3. Make a Connection

Be eager to make new contacts at your company. Find out what you can do to help make your colleagues’ work lives easier. You are part of a team and the more people who understand that they can rely on you, the better.

4. Develop Your Language Skills

In a global economy, there will continue to be demand for professionals who can communicate in multiple languages. Consider taking an evening course in another language or brushing up on the one you studied in school. If a new opportunity opens up at your company, a second language may be seen as a valuable asset for the position.

5. Further Your Education

Industries change very rapidly; stay ahead of the curve by continuing to learn and perfect your craft. Your employer may have a reimbursement program for some certifications and degrees – it’s worth asking.

6. Speak Up

Don’t be afraid to speak up and propose new solutions to your manager or supervisor. If you don’t offer solutions, your manager may think you don’t have any. As Houston recruiters, Murray Resources advises our candidates to feel comfortable expressing themselves, both in interviews and on the job.

7. Put in the Extra Hours

One of the best ways to stand out in a company is to show enthusiasm for your work. Show up early and stay late when you can add extra value to a project. The extra work and dedication will typically pay off.

8. Develop Your Writing Skills

Many people overlook the value of the written word at their jobs. You may consider writing for an industry publication or contributing to your company’s newsletter. When you can provide valuable content, you’re more likely to establish yourself as a thought leader within your industry.

9.  Request Feedback

View performance evaluations as an opportunity to solicit feedback from your manager. What can you do to provide more value to the company? How can you make your manager’s life easier? Demonstrate that you are eager to adjust your work to accommodate their highest priority tasks.

10. Stay Positive

It’s easy to be upbeat when the business is going well and projects are hitting on all cylinders, but stay positive when the going gets tough. Positive energy is contagious and perhaps even subconsciously, your workers will be drawn to your optimism.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to the top Houston recruiters at Murray Resources for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

The Importance of Personal Branding for Your Career

October 29th, 2012

As a leading Houston recruiting firm, Murray Resources has placed thousands of job candidates with over 800 clients throughout our 25 year tenure. One developing trend that we don’t see waning is the growth of personal branding.

When we or other Houston recruiting firms are looking through hundreds of applicants to fill a job order, only those qualified candidates who have a strong, unique personal brand are going  jump out. In order to stand out from the pack, the value you can add to an employer needs to be clear.

Author Rebecca Rapple discusses the importance of having a unique personal brand, and outlines a number of ways to differentiate yourself and increase your competitiveness in the job market.  As she says in the opening of her piece, “In order to get to a place you want to go, you need to act the way that you would when you get there.”

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/your-personal-brand-normal-is-not-enough/

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to a leading Houston recruiting firm – Murray Resources – for help in exploring your next career opportunity.  Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

7 Top Job Seeker Tools and Apps

October 27th, 2012

In recent years, new technologies and online resources have changed the job search game. While looking for the perfect job still requires research and effort, professionals looking to make a change have access to more jobs than ever. Murray Resources – one of the leading Houston staffing agencies—looked beyond the more commonly known job search tools such as Monster, Careerbuilder, and Craigslist to compile a list of 7 top job search tools.

1) LinkedIn

You’re likely already aware of LinkedIn, the widely used social network for professionals. Most people are aware of its networking and status update functions, but it’s also a powerful job search tool. You can use LinkedIn to create an online resume, as well as search and apply for jobs by keywords, job title, location, and even salary level. The paid job seeker premium tool allows users to see who has been viewing their profile, which could be a source of job leads. It also allows you to send personalized InMails to hiring managers and recruiters, where normally you would need to have a connection.

2) Indeed.com App

If you have a smart phone, the Indeed app is worth a download. Indeed is essentially a job board aggregator – a one-stop (free) shop where you can view most jobs posted online. For example, if Houston staffing agencies such as Murray Resources post a new job on their website, it’s likely that the position will show up on Indeed’s app. You can use the app to search, save, and e-mail job postings. The app will also show new jobs added since your last search, a great time saver.

3) Job Compass App

Another useful smart phone app, Job Compass uses satellite technology to map potential jobs within a specific radius of your location. If you are looking for a short commute to your next job, this app could be a great place to start.

4) Twit Job Search

Twitter is one of the fastest social networks where users can follow other users’ updates for entertainment, news, and discussion purposes. Because of the enormous amount of twitter traffic, recruiters and employers are increasingly posting job openings on the site. Twit Job Search is a third party site that will search Twitter for keywords related to your job search. This can be an excellent way to find out about jobs that you may not find on your usual job search sites.

5) JobServe Connect App

JobServe was formed in 1993 and bills itself as the world’s first internet recruitment service. With headquarters in the UK, it serves the United Kingdom, US, Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, Canada, Thailand, and the UAE. The company’s app allows you to search job postings on the JobServe web site. The Jobserve app uses the GPS technology in your smart phone to search for postings near you with an easy-to-use interface.

6) iPQ Career Planner App

More of a career planner than a job search tool, the iPQ Career Planner app can help you identify the type of job that’s most likely to be a match. The app provides a detailed questionnaire and will analyze the results to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a job candidate. It will then suggest jobs and career tracks to pursue based on your profile. This tool allows you to be more specific with your job search, which may help you find your ideal job more efficiently.

7) LunchMeet

LunchMeet is a networking app that can help you find people in your area who are interested in meeting up for coffee or lunch. All you need to do is enter your location and the times you are available and it will match you with potential contacts. The concept behind the app is to build your networking base – potentially leading to industry contacts and job opportunities you may not have otherwise known about.

Thanks to evolving technology, job hunters have many new resources to help them locate their dream job. It’s a good idea to try multiple tools to maximize your exposure to new opportunities.

 

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to one of the top Houston staffing agencies – Murray Resources – for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

Also, if you’re in the Houston area, be sure to attend the  Murray Resources “Resume and Cover Letter Tips and Techniques” workshop November 8! Receive individualized feedback and advice on how to craft an effective cover letter and resume that will successfully convey your interest to prospective employers.

Advance tickets are being sold for $25 through November 7th, and tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $35. Purchase your tickets online with a friend and receive a 20% discount for the both of you!

 

Can’t wait until next Saturday for more tips on how to utilize online job search tools? Check out our last Social Media Saturday post to stay plugged in to the most innovative ways to use the web.

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