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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Dealing With a Passive Aggressive Employee

June 21st, 2016

Have an employee who’s hostile and hard to work with? They may be passive aggressive.

According to Merriam Webster, passive aggression is defined as: “Being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination and stubbornness).”

People who are passive aggressive tend to act out in covert ways to sabotage others. That’s why, when you have someone on your team who is passive aggressive in nature, you need to deal with it head on. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows if you don’t, it could seriously impact your culture, productivity and bottom line.

So how can you properly handle a passive aggressive person at work? Here are a few tips:

Be clear.

Dealing with this type of behavior can be challenging. After all, the reason someone is passive aggressive is because they aren’t confrontational in the first place. They might instead mumble comments under their breath or purposely miss a deadline to hurt another team member.

That’s why, when you’re confronting a passive aggressive employee, you have to be clear about the behavior you’re seeing. Document specific examples of the issue so you can talk to your employee about them.

Be calm.

It can be easy to get angry at a passive aggressive employee. However, you need to stay calm and collected when dealing with the situation. If you over-react or attack the person, it’s going to make the situation worse. A passive aggressive personality does not respond well to attacks. They’ll simply shut down and become more problematic going forward.

Be practical.

This is someone’s personality you’re dealing with – which can be difficult to change. Oftentimes, these types of behavioral patterns are deeply rooted in a person and it’s their way of coping with stress and insecurities. However, if you create a company culture that encourages communication, support and openness, it can quiet down negative behaviors like passive aggressiveness before they take root.

A passive-aggressive employee can cause a great deal of stress for you and your other employees. So if you have a passive aggressive team member, it’s important to confront them about their behavior. But it’s just as important to ensure you have a culture built on trust and communication to prevent feelings of passive aggressiveness in the first place.

Do you need help hiring people with a positive attitude and great work experience for your team? Call the recruiting experts at Murray Resources. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, we can assist you with the entire search process – from sourcing and screening to hiring and retaining top talent. Contact us today to get started.

6 Career-Killing Mistakes People Make on LinkedIn

March 8th, 2016

If you’re like most professionals, you’re on LinkedIn. That’s great. However, did you know that you could be making some common mistakes that could be hurting your reputation and professional brand? To help ensure you put your best foot forward on LinkedIn and other career social media sites, here are a few blunders to avoid:

Mistake #1: Posting an unprofessional image.

You don’t need to spend hundreds on a professional headshot. However, that doesn’t mean the picture taken of you at a backyard barbecue will be appropriate either. Make sure whatever photo of yourself you do post, it’s professional looking and only of you…not you and your three kids.

Mistake #2: Using too much hyperbole.

Skip the adjectives and stick to the facts, just as you would on a resume. That means avoiding words like “expert,” “guru” and “charismatic leader.” Even if those statements are true about you, you should demonstrate it through your accomplishments and testimonials. Let other people do the praising.

Mistake #3: Exaggerating your experience.

If you put information on your LinkedIn profile that simply isn’t true, your boss and co-workers will be able to see it easily enough. They will know you’re lying, which will destroy your credibility and chances of getting promoted. Stay honest instead.

Mistake #4: Sending out generic connection requests.

If you’re looking to connect with someone on LinkedIn, don’t send them a generic request. Instead, it’s smarter to personalize your message and remind them of how you two know each other. You’ll make a better impression and increase your odds of a successful connection.

Mistake #5: Asking for recommendations from those you barely know.

With LinkedIn, you might have a lot of connections – especially 2nd and 3rd degree ones – that you don’t know very well. When that’s the case, don’t ask them to refer you for a job opening or write a recommendation. Asking for a recommendation is equivalent to saying that have direct experience with you and can vouch for your abilities. So when you ask for recommendations from those you barely know, it places them in an awkward spot.

Mistake #6: Overdoing the endorsements.

Anyone can endorse you for anything at anytime. As a result, endorsements via LinkedIn don’t carry much weight with a lot of people. So don’t let your profile get crowded by these “endorsements” for skill sets you may not even have.

Do you need help sharpening your LinkedIn profile so you get noticed by hiring managers? Murray Resources can help. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, we can assist you with the entire job search process – from crafting a strong resume to preparing for interviews to finding Houston job opportunities that are a great fit for your skills and background. Contact us today to get started.

5 Tips for Climbing the Career Ladder

February 23rd, 2016

If you’re ready to make a career move, you may be wondering what you can do to speed up the process. While you can’t jump into a new position and get promoted within a month, there are some steps you can take that – over time – will increase your odds of getting ahead. To help you in your quest for success, here are a few tips to keep in mind that will help you climb the career ladder:

1. Get to know your boss.

As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that bosses want to promote those they know and like to work with. So learn how your boss prefers to communicate. Figure out how to make his or her job easier. Try to anticipate any potential problems or pitfalls and make suggestions for avoiding them. Show your boss that you’re on their side and work hard to gain their respect.

2. Keep tabs on your accomplishments.

Your boss is busy and likely doesn’t monitor everything you’ve accomplished throughout the year. It’s up to you to keep tabs on your achievements and promote them to your boss when the time is right. For instance, if you receive a positive email from a happy customer, forward it to your boss along with a short note. A win for you is also a win for your boss.

3. Step up.

You can’t expect to do the bare minimum and get promoted at work. You have to step up – and step beyond your role in order to get noticed. That means getting to work early, arriving to meetings on time and well prepared, and volunteering for extra work during peak periods, all while getting your work done on time or ahead of schedule.

4. Stay in the know.

Today’s workplace is evolving rapidly. To be successful, you have to remain flexible. That means staying abreast of the latest industry trends and technology so you’re not blindsided by upcoming issues. It also means becoming a resource and the go-to person at your company for a hot topic. You should also strive to grow your expert status and credibility within your field, not just within your job.

5. Show your gratitude.

Show your gratitude and appreciation for any guidance or opportunities from higher ups at your company. Also, be generous with the praise and credit you give to others. Showing gratitude and sharing credit will truly make you stand out in the workplace.

If you’re seeking a promotion, then the steps above will help you get there. Even if you get passed over once, if you keep working at it, your manager will eventually take notice – and reward you as a result.

If you’re ready to get promoted into a new job with a different company, call Murray Resources. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, we can assist you with the entire job search process – from crafting a strong resume to preparing for interviews to finding Houston job opportunities that are a great fit for your skills and background. Contact us today to get started.

How to Spot a Bad Candidate

July 7th, 2015

As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows it’s every employers worst nightmare to hire a candidate who performed well during an interview, only to find out they’re not a good fit for the job. Whether they don’t have the right skills, personality or attitude is irrelevant; it’s still going to cost you. The good news is that there are some red flags to look be on the out for – before you make a hiring decision – that can help you avoid a bad hire. What are they? Here’s a look:

They offer unclear answers.

When you ask for specifics, and the candidate can’t give them, that’s a clear sign that they may have overstated their abilities on their resume. Someone who actually did the work you’re asking about will be able to discuss it in detail.

The candidate has no failures.

When you ask the candidate to tell you about a time they failed on the job or made a big mistake, and they can’t give you one example, it leaves you wondering what they’re hiding. Everyone has made mistakes on the job in the past, so either they’re afraid to answer this question for some reason or they have absolutely no self-awareness.

They act unprofessionally.

Whether it’s showing up late without a reasonable explanation, being rude to the receptionist, or answering a call in the middle of an interview, unprofessional behavior is one clear sign you need to scratch a candidate off your list. You have to ask yourself: If someone can’t act professionally for even an hour during an interview, what’s it going to be like once they’re on the job five days a week, year-round?

They focus on the benefits.

You’re asking the candidates about their education and experience. But when it’s their turn to ask questions, all they want to learn about are the advantages and perks of working at your company. Every candidate wants to know this information; but there’s a right time and a wrong time to bring it up. During the first interview, a candidate should be more focused on whether they are a fit for the job and the company than how many vacation days they’d get.

Do you need more help hiring the best candidates? Give Murray Resources a call. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, we can assist you with the entire search process – from sourcing and screening to hiring and retaining top talent. Contact us today to get started.

Tips for Finding a Volunteer Job

May 12th, 2015

Whether you want to give back, build contacts, or fill a gap in employment, there are many good reasons to volunteer. But as one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that finding a rewarding volunteer job isn’t always easy. To help you in your quest, follow these tips:

Look online for opportunities.

Check online for leads for volunteer opportunities. Many local governments have databases of organizations in need of volunteers. You can also check out sites like volunteer.gov for a variety of jobs around the country.

Be open.

When you’re looking for an organization to volunteer with, those you’ve already heard of are most likely to come to mind. But don’t cross of smaller, less established organizations from your list. Those are the ones that probably need help the most. So keep an open mind about where you’d be willing to work.

Be discerning.

That being said, if an organization seems chaotic or not well run, then move on. Some organizations really do need volunteers, but are unprepared to train or supervise them.

Be direct about the work you want to do.

Many organizations need volunteer help in a variety of areas. But if you don’t speak up about the area you’d like to work in most, you’ll likely get placed where there’s the most need. Instead, be direct about what you’re interested in doing. You’ll wind up doing the right kind of work for you, and delivering better results.

Be realistic about the amount of time you can volunteer.

You might have every intention of devoting 20 hours a week to volunteering. But if that doesn’t realistically fit into your schedule, don’t offer to do it. You’ll wind up overworked and miserable, as well as unlikely to follow through with the volunteer experience. It’s better to start off with just a few hours a week. After a while, if you’d like to volunteer more time, then do it.

Be prepared for some tedious work.

Many organizations have experienced volunteers calling it quits after just a few days, or not showing up at all. As a result, in order to test out volunteers before assigning them important work, an organization may give you some menial work to perform right off the bat. But don’t be insulted. Understand they just want to ensure that you’re going to stick around.

If you’d like help finding a full-time, paying job, call the experts at Murray Resources. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, we can assist you with the entire job search process – from crafting a strong resume to preparing for interviews to finding Houston job opportunities that are a great fit for your skills and background. Contact us today to get started.

 

 

 

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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6 Etiquette Tips for Your Office Holiday Party

December 9th, 2014

It’s the end of the year and holiday parties are just around the corner. It’s a time to relax and unwind with your colleagues. But, as one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that holiday parties can also be a minefield when it comes to proper office etiquette, especially when alcohol is served. How can you ensure you have a great time – and still leave behind a positive impression at work? Here are a few tips to follow:

Tip #1: Drink in moderation. It’s certainly acceptable to indulge in a drink or two at a holiday party. But anything beyond that could get you in trouble. The last thing you want is to do or say something inappropriate because you had too much to drink. Doing so can impact your reputation far beyond the holidays.

Tip #2: Mix and mingle. Holiday parties are a great time to meet and forge relationships with those you don’t regularly work with. So don’t be shy. Introduce yourself and try to expand your network beyond your typical mix of work friends.

Tip #3: Wear appropriate clothing. Use your company’s culture and the event venue as a guide on what to wear. For instance, if the holiday party is at an upscale restaurant, then be sure to dress accordingly, even if your workplace is typically more casual. Also, avoid anything too tight or revealing.

Tip #4: Keep the conversation light. It can be tempting to bring up work issues, but most people want to relax and enjoy themselves. Plus, a holiday party is the ideal time to get to know your colleagues on a more personal level, which can have a positive impact on your workplace relationships. So avoid talking about the stressful project you’re working on and instead keep the conversation positive and light – think holiday plans, books, movies and local news.

Tip #5: Don’t cut out too early. Sure, the company holiday party may not be your idea of a good time. But don’t show up for 15 minutes and leave early, or arrive during the last few minutes of the event. You might think your attendance is optional, but your absence will certainly be noticed.

Tip #6: Thank the party hosts. Before you leave, be sure to thank those responsible for organizing the event. They likely spent a lot of time and effort in coordinating the party and will certainly appreciate your gratitude.

The holiday party is a great opportunity for you to make a positive impression on the leaders in your company you haven’t yet met and reinforce your co-workers’ positive impression of you. Don’t blow your chances by drinking too much, showing up late, or not showing up at all.

And if you’re ready to make a positive impression on a new boss, call Murray Resources. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Houston, TX, we can assist you with the entire job search process – from crafting a strong resume to preparing for interviews to finding Houston job opportunities that are a great fit for your skills and background. Contact us today to get started.

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 Make the Most of an Exit Interview

May 3rd, 2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released numbers showing that in November 2010, more workers quit their jobs than were laid off. Furthermore, November was the 4th consecutive month to see an increase in the number of workers voluntarily leaving their positions.

With more and more employees exiting out of their current jobs, you may be experiencing an increase in turnover at your Houston company. While it may present a challenge, it’s also a good time for you to evaluate why employees are leaving and what you can do to prevent turnover of good employees in the future.

That said, not all employee turnover is bad. For instance, if you’re overstaffed or have a poor performer, you may actually be relieved when they give you their two-week notice.

Still, even in these cases, there’s always something to be learned from employee turnover. They way to tap into that information is by conducting an exit interview; otherwise, you could miss out on a valuable opportunity. For instance, done right, exit interviews can help you:

  • Identify a problem that is causing employee turnover.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of employment and business policies and practices.
  • Learn about what another employer is offering your soon-to-be former employee.
  • Provide a positive last impression of your company to the departing employee.
  • Improve your employee retention strategies and attract and retain talent in the future.

To help you conduct an effective exit interview, here is some information on what to ask and how to use the data you compile.

Questions to Ask

What you ultimately decide to ask should reflect what your primary purposes or goals are for the interview. For instance, are you simply trying to show the employee you value their input or are you trying to improve retention strategies?

Regardless, here are some common topics to help you get started:

  • Reason(s) for leaving
  • Compensation
  • Work environment/culture
  • Management and supervision
  • Company employment and business practices
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Aspects of the employee’s new position, such as pay

Also, make sure you end the interview on a positive note, such as thanking the employee for their contribution to the company and asking for input on how to help you retain existing talent in the future. If the employee leaves feeling valued and respected, they are less likely to talk negatively about the company.

Using the Information

Once you’ve gathered information from an interview, it’s important to feed it back to the employees and managers with whom the employee worked. But don’t just pass along the comments without providing context that will educate those involved and bring about change to problem areas. Also, don’t be surprised if employees or managers are taken aback by the information shared, especially if it’s negative. But it’s your job to frame the information in a manner that offers an opportunity for improvement.

Also be sure to deliver positive comments, as well. It’s easy to think that employees know when they’re doing a good job. But praise can go a long way in creating loyalty, improving productivity, and limiting turnover in the future.

And if you need some help dealing with employee turnover at your company, please contact Murray Resources. As a staffing services firm in Houston, we can help you find and hire skilled professionals to fill gaps in talent, as well as develop creative and effective solutions for retaining your star performers.

Contact us today to learn more about our staffing services.

3 Tips for Succession Planning

September 14th, 2010

In this economy, you might think that you have nothing to worry about when it comes to Baby Boomers retiring. But the fact of the matter is that this segment of the workforce will retire sooner rather than later – and you’ll be in a better position to deal with this reality if you start planning now.

So what can you do to create a successful succession plan at your company? Here are three tips:

Tip #1: Determine where you are most vulnerable.

When employees leave or retire, they take their knowledge with them. So how can you ensure critical knowledge is retained at your company? First you need to determine who is most likely to retire soon and what unique expertise and information they have.

Tip #2: Transfer knowledge.

Once you know who is likely to retire, sit down with each individual to talk about their plans for the future – and to develop plans to make sure that their knowledge doesn’t leave the company when they retire. There are several ways in which knowledge can be transferred, including:

• Technology. Record important meetings or presentations on video or audiotape. Also, take advantage of technology, such as electronic discussion groups, that capture “shop talk.”

• Job shadowing or mentoring. Pass along complex skills or information by matching a senior manager with a less experienced one. Or consider creating a formal knowledge transfer program that consists of a detailed curriculum.

• Document important policies and procedures. Consider investing some resources into documenting all important policies and procedures that a soon-to-be-retired employee is responsible for.

Tip #3: Retain senior employees.

Just because an employee is nearing retirement age, doesn’t mean they have to fully retire. They may be interested in continuing to work part time, or as a consultant for your company.

Those firms that develop an effective strategy now for dealing with Baby Boomer retirement will be in a much better position to compete in the future. If your company is interested in learning more about succession planning, please contact Murray Resources. As a staffing services firm serving Houston, we have the knowledge and expertise to help your company create an effective succession plan.


5 Reasons it Pays to Outsource Payroll

July 2nd, 2010

Let’s face it. Payroll management is a headache for many Houston companies. But there is a simpler solution – outsource it. Here are five reasons why you may want to consider outsourcing your payroll function:

Reason #1. Save money.

Do the math. Determine how much you currently spend on payroll management. Be sure to figure in costs like printing and distributing checks and completing tax forms. Then compare those costs to the rates of a firm that offers payrolling services, like Murray Resources. The fact of the matter is that many small to medium size Houston businesses will generally save money by outsourcing their payroll function.

Reason #2. Improve accuracy.

Payroll mistakes are painful because they can cause major issues with Uncle Sam. By outsourcing your payroll function, you won’t have to worry about late filings or incorrect paperwork.

Reason #3. Leverage expertise.

Tax and employment laws are constantly changing, and most Houston employers don’t have time to keep up with them. By outsourcing payroll, though, you can take advantage of the expertise offered by a payrolling firm – without having to make a considerable investment in terms of time and effort.

Reason #4. Enhance productivity.

Managing payroll takes up a lot of time. By outsourcing payroll, you and your employees can focus on performing more important, revenue-generating activities.

Reason #5. Increase Dependability.

When you outsource payroll, you don’t have to worry about the employee who handles this task going on vacation or taking sick leave. By working with a payroll services provider, there will always be someone available to make sure your payroll function is handled accurately and on time.

If you have any questions about outsourcing your payroll function, or would like to know our rates for payrolling, please contact Murray Resources. As a leading staffing services firm in Houston, we have the knowledge and experience to manage your payroll with ease and reliability. Contact us today to learn more.

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