5 Tips for Interviewing New Grads

May 23rd, 2017

As Houston staffing experts, Murray Resources knows that interviewing new graduates can be more challenging than veteran candidates. That’s because they’re light on experience, which can make them hard to evaluate. How can you pick out the strongest asset to add to your company roster? Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the process:

Tip #1: Use a checklist when hiring.

Before you begin the interview process, create a checklist of qualifications and traits that you’d most like to see in your new hire. Take a look at the job posting again and think through what it takes for success in that particular job. Once you have a checklist in place, it will be far easier to hone in on the candidates who make the cut and those who don’t.

Tip #2: Set the tone.

The candidates you interview will probably be more nervous than those with experience. After all, they’re most likely used to an academic setting, not a professional one. That’s why it’s important to set the right tone. You want to gain their trust so they open up. At the same time, you want to send the message that you’re a professional organization with high standards.

One good way to begin is with some ice breakers. Ask the candidate about their hobbies or why they chose a certain degree program. Try to find a common ground to keep the conversation flowing and natural. This is a good way to make them more comfortable and also gain more insight into their personalities.

Tip #3: Steer clear of industry jargon.

Remember, you’re not interviewing a candidate with 10 years of experience. So stay away from company or industry jargon they may not be familiar with. If you have to use it, then explain what it is. If you don’t, they’ll assume they should know what it is and will feel more nervous because they don’t. Keep in mind, the more comfortable you make the candidate, the more honest their answers are going to be.

Tip #4: Don’t make snap judgements.

The interviewing process is stressful for even the most experienced candidates. So expect those new to the workforce to be even more anxious. So don’t judge them too harshly over seemingly minor mistakes. Give new graduates a little more leeway than you would to those with years of experience.

Tip #5: Ask behavioral questions.

The candidate might not have work experience to relate. However, they can certainly use academic, volunteer and internship experience when answering behavioral questions. This will help ensure the candidate you ultimately do hire is a good fit for the position and the company.

Need more help with your interviewing and hiring process?

Call in the experts at Murray Resources. As Houston’s top staffing experts, organizations all over the city rely on our expertise to source and retain top talent for hard-to-fill, key positions across a broad range of business disciplines. Contact us today to find out more.

5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them

May 9th, 2017

As top Houston staffing experts, Murray Resources knows a hiring mistake isn’t just a drain on morale and productivity. It can actually cost you up to 30% of the first year’s potential earnings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s why it’s so important to avoid missteps in the first place. To help you in the process, here are some common pitfalls that can lead to hiring mistakes:

1. Vague details.

When it comes to the job description, it’s important to have a clear-cut sense of the duties and responsibilities. Not only that, but it’s also important to have a good understanding of the type of person who will be successful in the role. How many years of experience should they have? What skills and competencies are essential? Before you start searching for the perfect candidate, it’s vital to have these details ironed out first.

2. Skipping steps in the process.

From the phone screen to reference and background checks, every step of the process has a purpose. And if you skip steps during it, then you’re putting yourself at risk. So though it might take some extra time to perform phone screens and call references, it will produce better results in the form of higher quality candidates.

3. Not asking behavioral interview questions.

It’s important to ask the basics in an interview, including “why do you want to work here?” and “what do you know about the position?” But if you want to truly gauge a candidate’s skill level, it’s important to dig deeper with behavioral interview questions. This means asking candidates to give you specific examples of their behaviors, abilities and past accomplishments. When you do, you’ll get a much clearer picture of whether the candidate is right for the role.

4. Not evaluating for cultural fit.

Just because a candidate has the right skills and abilities doesn’t mean they’re a good fit for the job. Keep in mind, you’re hiring the whole person, not simply their hard skills. That’s why it’s so important to check for cultural fit. To do so, ask questions about the environment a candidate most likes working in and talk about what your company’s culture is like. A mismatch between culture and personality, on the other hand, will lead to disengagement and turnover.

5. Going it alone.

In today’s competitive marketplace, hiring the right people can be tough. That’s why it’s important to have a staffing partner that knows where to find talented, hard-working professionals. They can also reduce your time to hire, while improving the quality of those you do bring on board.

If you’re ready to outsource your hiring process to professionals, give Murray Resources a call.

As one of Houston’s top staffing experts, organizations all over the city rely on our expertise to source and retain top talent for hard-to-fill, key positions across a broad range of business disciplines. Contact us today to find out more.

5 Signs an Employee is Job Searching

November 15th, 2016

Your employees’ days may be numbered. Just consider a few of these recent statistics: 51% of U.S adults are regularly searching for new jobs, even though they’re currently employed, according to Gallup. Indeed put that number closer to 58%. Either way you look at it, that’s still potentially half of your employees who could be looking for new jobs…today, right now. So how can you tell for sure if an employee has one foot out the door? Here are a few signs:

#1: They’re not motivated.

An employee used to be engaged and excited. They got involved in heated discussions and debates and always showed great initiative. Now they’re doing just enough to get by. They’ve lost that inner drive and they don’t seem happy at work.

#2: They’re taking a lot of sick days.

When you have an employee on staff for a long time, you get a general sense of their attendance. So when an employee starts taking a lot of half days off, or full sick days, it could be a sign they’re interviewing with another company.

#3: They’re not as productive.

As Houston staffing experts, Murray Resources knows a decline in productivity is a clear sign that an employee has lost focus. It could be an indication they have something going on at home – or that they’ve started a job search. When an employee is looking for a new position, or has already found another one and just hasn’t informed you yet, then they might not be putting in as much effort as you’re used to.

#4: They’re updating their LinkedIn profile.

You’re connected on LinkedIn and all of a sudden, you’ve noticed regular updates to an employee’s profile. For instance, they’re adding new skills and accomplishments, along with a portfolio of their work. It could be that they’re polishing it for potential employers.

#5: They come into the office dressed up.

When your culture is casual or business casual, and an employee shows up wearing a business suit for no apparent reason, it could be a sign they’re interviewing. This is even more likely true if they’re taking long lunches, leaving early, or arriving late to the office.

Now you know the signs. But what should you do?

If your employee is already job searching, then it might be too late. However, it’s still worth having a conversation if it’s someone you truly want to retain. During your conversation do more listening then talking to try and get to the bottom of their behavior. It may be due to an issue that you can help overcome, like more flex hours or training and support. Or, you may determine that it is, in fact, time to part ways. Either way, you should gain insight as to how to strengthen your company culture and boost retention in the future.

Do you need more help hiring and retaining top people for your team? Call the experts at Murray Resources. As Houston’s top staffing experts, organizations all over the city rely on our expertise to source and retain top talent for hard-to-fill, key positions across a broad range of business disciplines. Contact us today to find out more.

3 Quick Tips for Finding the Best Houston Staffing Agency

October 4th, 2016

In the past, companies turned to Houston staffing agencies to fill administrative and light industrial roles. Today, though, those same agencies are filling positions ranging from IT and engineering to accounting, legal, healthcare and beyond on a full-time, part-time, contract or temporary basis.

So if your company is facing staffing challenges, you may want to consider partnering with a staffing agency. That way, you can hand off to the experts the task of recruiting, screening, interviewing, and reference checking, while you focus on other core business responsibilities. But with so many staffing agencies to choose from, how can you find one that’s right for you?

Here are 3 quick tips to help you:

Do your homework.

You wouldn’t hire an employee without interviewing and checking references. Likewise, don’t hire a staffing agency without doing the same. You want to ensure the firm you partner with has the experience and proven processes in place to help you, as well as a strong reputation in the recruiting field.

So ask your network for referrals and request references from each staffing agency you’re considering. Also, when you’re evaluating various agencies, keep your eyes and ears open. Visit their offices, assess how you’re treated on the phone when you call, and ask questions that help ensure they’re a good fit for you.

Make sure candidates don’t pay.

Most reputable staffing agencies require the employer pays the fee for the hiring process, not the candidate. Why does this matter? Because if a candidate is required to pay for staffing services, then the top talent is likely going to look elsewhere. After all, who would want to pay in order to apply for jobs? Working with such an agency can therefore limit your ability to attract the highest quality talent.

Put communication first.

Just like any business relationship, communication is key. If you’re not clear with a staffing agency about your needs, challenges and the role you’re trying to fill, they’re not going to be able to provide you with the best candidates. So always make communication a priority. If your recruiter reaches out to you with questions or concerns, get back to them with answers in a timely manner. That way, they can do their job efficiently and effectively – which benefits you in the long run.

Interested in learning more about how partnering with a staffing agency can help you? Call Murray Resources. As one of Houston’s top staffing agencies, we’re committed to providing the best recruiting services to both companies and job seekers, while delivering the highest quality experience for everyone we work with. Contact us to learn more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits (Part 2)

December 13th, 2012

If you’ve read part one of our two blog series on How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits, you’ve done your homework and are feeling confident about negotiating your salary and benefits. It’s now time to embark on the part two the process: execution.

Prove You’re Worth It
Katherine McGinn, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, explains that during the negotiation, “you have to be creative about demonstrating the value you’ll bring to the company.” Much like you’ve been doing throughout the interview process, you need to really drive home why you’re the perfect person to fill the specific job: unique skills, culminated experience, and a personality that fits with the organization’s culture are a few examples of good reasons to emphasize. “In a time of full employment, employers are looking for a person who can do the work,” she says. “In a time of unemployment, they are looking for the absolute best person to do the job.“ Be aware of the impression you’re giving off to the hiring manager, and focus on coming up with compromises and solutions throughout the negotiation that meet the needs of both you and the organization.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Word ‘No’
Sometimes, there are aspects of a new contract that are simply non-negotiable. The company may be on a budget and might not have the financial resources to fulfill a request; or they may simply have policies that they’re unwilling to compromise because they’ve become part of the organization’s culture. Whatever the reason, don’t be embarrassed or overly discouraged if your prospective employer has some issues on which they simply won’t budge. You’ll never know until you ask, and as long as you approach the negotiation politely and professionally, you will not do damage to your future working relationship.

What to Say When the Offer is Too Low
As with any negotiation, the possibility exists that you will not be satisfied with the offer. A couple of things NOT to do: don’t panic, and don’t take it personally. The organization is not trying to devalue you, nor are they trying to insinuate that the work you would be doing for them is unimportant. McGinn suggests that if you have grounds to do so (which, since you’ve done your research, you likely do), respectfully disagree with the figure they’ve put forth. One potential approach: “I don’t think I’ve done an adequate job of conveying the value I believe I can bring to your organization.” Take a minute here to discuss a few key points and then provide a counter offer backed up by research.

Ask For Help
Finally, negotiating a new compensation package is one of those areas in a job search where recruiting firms can add tremendous value. Many candidates, especially in today’s job market, are understandably uncomfortable with entering into these kinds of negotiations, as they’re reluctant to sound unappreciative of the career opportunity. Murray Resources and other Houston staffing and recruiting firms serve as the middle man in these kinds of situations, working to appease the mutual interests of both employers and candidates. While a new hire would be hesitant to broach the topic of salary or benefits negotiation with a prospective employer, the recruiting firm typically has an established rapport and proven track-record with them, as well as extensive knowledge of typical compensation plans.

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

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

 

How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits (Part 1)

December 12th, 2012

One of the most frequent questions we at Murray Resources, one of the top Houston staffing firms, receive from job-seekers is whether or not it’s appropriate to negotiate the salary and benefits when offered a job.

The Short Answer is Yes
Depending on the type of position, level within the organization, and the leverage you bring to the table, candidates should consider negotiating their salary/benefits when offered a job. In some cases a negotiation is expected, as this step provides the first opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills of persuasion, professionalism, and contract analysis to your new employer. For example, if you have been offered a senior sales position and accept the first offer extended, your future employer make question your ability to negotiate with potential customers. They also may question how much value you place on your own credentials.

Do Your Research
The first phase of a successful negotiation begins well in advance: preparation. Put yourself in the best possible position to have your demands met by entering into the discussion with well-researched facts and information to substantiate your claims. Explore the typical range of compensation within the industry for the type of position you’ve just been offered, and be sure to get your information from more than one source. There are a number of websites, including Salary.com, Vault.com, and Payscale.com. It’s also always a good idea to have trusted members of your own network weigh in on the issue, particularly if they’re involved in a similar industry. While you may be uncomfortable asking a friend in a similar position how much they make, try phrasing the question in a way that less directly addresses their own earnings: “How much do you think this company would be willing to pay someone in the position I’ve been offered?” Houston staffing firms such as Murray Resources are also good sources of market salary data.

Set Your Goals
Aside from just doing your research, the other crucial aspect of preparing for a negotiation of salary and benefits is determining what you personally want. Jack Chapman, career coach and author of Negotiating Your Salary, How to Make $1000 a Minute, advises to have an ideal number, a satisfactory number, and a no-go number set in your mind before you enter into the negotiation – and the same applies for your benefits package. Your ideal number represents the amount you would want to make in your perfect situation (within reason of your position’s typical compensation). The satisfactory number is one that’s based more on research and your own worth- what value you can bring to the company. And your no-go number, arguably the most important, is the figure over which you’d walk away from the offer. Having this number set firmly in your mind will prevent you from accepting a low ball offer and compromising your own worth. Remember to keep in mind that you are negotiating a compensation package, not just a salary.

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

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

 

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.

 

How “Saving” Money Now on Understaffing Costs You Later

September 7th, 2012

Leverage. Optimization. Streamline. Lean and mean. Do more with less. Maximize resources. Right size. Over the past decade, the challenging economic times have driven some of the most commonly-used corporate phrases into becoming actual management strategies.

While quality improvement, re-engineering, and right-sizing initiatives have resulted in unparalleled gains for American businesses, the long-term effects of cutting too deep and staying understaffed are often hidden. In many instances, understaffing has become a real threat to future prosperity.

Below are just a few of the hidden costs of understaffing:

Stressed employees – Understaffing virtually ensures employees are stretched beyond the limits of what they can sustain over extended periods. The result is a stressful environment, where employees battle to get the same (or more) amount of work done with less help. In this environment, workers are generally concerned with just getting through day. Value-added initiatives typically stall, while teamwork and morale often suffer.

Higher personnel costs – Years of research supports that stressed employees are much more likely to get sick, stay home, and require workers’ compensation. In addition to the related hard costs, tending to personnel issues can be a significant drain on management resources.

Mistakes – When organizations try to produce more work using a constrained workforce, attention to detail will inevitably suffer. Whether it’s paying an engineer rework a project or replacing incorrect orders, those mistakes cost money.

Missed deadlines – How much do you have to pay for late deliveries or projects that aren’t completed on time? Empty desks (that need to be filled) mean the rest of the workforce pushes products out the door later than you (and your clients) will want.

Unhappy customers – Customers notice when we’re one day (or hour) late with a promised product. They also notice when the product isn’t perfect. Unhappy customers do not result in repeat business. How much would it cost you per year to lose even one of your best customers? Chances are, it’s more than the cost of the extra assistant your staff needs.

Missed opportunities – One of the most commonly overlooked consequences of stretching your staff too thin is missing new business, partnership, and related opportunities. Networking lunches, ‘thank you’ dinners with top customers, and breakfasts with prospects tend to take a back seat to the more pressing issues, such as getting orders out the door and satisfying current clients. Yet reductions in business development activities will eventually take a toll on the new business flow for an organization, ultimately costly your company significant revenue.

Employee turnover – Even if you continue to pay your current workforce well and offer the same benefits you always have, burned-out employees will not stick around indefinitely. Chances are, there is another company offering similar benefits while maintaining a well-equipped staff.

Disadvantage against competition – Compound all of the above repercussions of a too-lean staff, and it’s obvious why competitors will enjoy another company’s  “cost-cutting” methods. While the cost-cutting company stretches the remaining employees too thin, competitors will jump at the opportunity to produce quality products, on time, and with a smile on their faces.

Yes, running lean can save money in the short term, but don’t underestimate the costs associated with lost business, reduced productivity, and increased workplace stress.  A well-staffed business not only allows your employees to do their best work, but it also gives you the best chance of remaining successful in today’s competitive marketplace.

What’s your take on understaffing? Have you experienced it? How did it go?

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