5 Simple Steps for Working with Houston Job Recruiters

June 13th, 2017

Are you spinning your wheels with your job search? Are you applying for endless openings without getting a call for an interview? Or are interviews coming in, but no offers? Then it may be time to call in professional Houston job recruiters. But if you’ve never worked with a recruiter before, how can you get the most from the relationship? By following these 5 steps:

#1: Be honest.

First and foremost, it’s important to always be honest with your recruiter. Tell them what you’re looking for in your next job, what your salary expectations are, and whether you’re willing to travel. If you lie, exaggerate, or say you’re open to traveling or accepting a certain salary – when really you’re not – then it’s only going to sabotage the relationship from the start.

#2: Keep it confidential.

Throughout the job search process, you’ll be meeting with various employers and hiring managers. Just as you would expect your recruiter to keep your job search quiet, you should likewise make confidentiality a priority. Your family may ask about certain details, but if it involves a sensitive matter, stay quiet about it.

#3: Talk about communication.

Every recruiter is different. Some might call you as opportunities arise; others will email you each week to check in. Just make sure you understand how your specific recruiter plans to communicate with you and when you should follow up with them. Throughout the process, be open and polite, but not pushy. Also be sure to respond to their messages and emails as quickly as possible.

#4: Be open to feedback.

If your recruiter tells you your resume needs polishing or that you need to sharpen your interview skills, don’t take offense. Take their advice to heart. At the end of the day, they want to connect you with a great job. However, if you have questionable interviewing skills or a weak resume, then they’re not going to give you access to the companies they represent.

#5: Take advantage of any resources offered.

Some recruiters in Houston offer training and education for their candidates in areas ranging from software to job interview etiquette. Take advantage of these opportunities. You can learn something new, connect and network with others both inside and outside your field, and also make yourself a stronger candidate in the process.

Interested in learning more about how a professional recruiter in Houston can help you?

Give Murray Resources a call. As a leading job recruiters in Houston, we can help you locate the position that best matches your skills and interests – whether you are looking to move up the corporate ladder, re-enter the workforce, get more experience, or just gain more control over your schedule.

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

September 14th, 2016

 

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

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

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

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

About Murray Resources

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

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

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Murray Resources Named to Inc. 5000 List for Third Time

August 17th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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3 Pre-Interview Steps Every Employer Must Take

May 3rd, 2016

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

Create the team.

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

Develop the questions.

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

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

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

Train the interviewers.

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

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

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

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

April 19th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Search for Your Next Job…In Secret

January 26th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Outsourcing to Technical Recruiters in Houston Can Save You Money

November 10th, 2015

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

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

Less Time-to-Hire

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

Increased Access to Candidates With Specialized Skill

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

A More Efficient Process

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

Top Technical Candidates

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

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

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

How to Hire the Right Personalities For Your Team

November 3rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#4: How will you approach the interview?

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

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

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

October 20th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Murray Resources Announces the Launch of its Murray Technical Division

December 26th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Quick Tips for Making a Great Job Offer

November 18th, 2014

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

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

Tip #1: Move Quickly

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

Tip #2: Do Your Homework

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

Tip #3: Present Your Offer Verbally First

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

Tip #4: Get It in Writing

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

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

Tip #5: Give the Candidate Some Time

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

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

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

November 12th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Murray Resources Honored as a Cougar 100 Company

November 6th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Surviving a Killer Houston Commute

September 23rd, 2014

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

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

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

Think about timing.

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

Use public transportation.

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

Telecommute one or two days a week.

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

Ask for support.

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

Find a job closer to home.

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

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

Houston Recruiting Firm – Murray Resources – Announces Key Addition

March 5th, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

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Houston Recruiting Firm – Murray Resources – Announces Two Key Additions

December 23rd, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

November 15th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 21st, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 14th, 2013

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

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

Tip #1: Start with a strategy.

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

Tip #2: Consistency is key.

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

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

Tip #3: Engage, don’t advertise.

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

Tip #4: Monitor results.

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

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

Tip #5: Be patient.

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

Don’t Have Time to Recruit Using Social Media?

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

 

Should I Put Short-Term Jobs on My Resume?

April 16th, 2013

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

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

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

So what should you do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want More Job Search Help from the Experts?

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

 

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Not One But Two! Tips for Handling Multiple Job Offers

March 19th, 2013

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

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

Here are some tips to help you:

Delay the decision.

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

Take stock of the situation.

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

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

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

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

Say “no” in a professional and timely manner.

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

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

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

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

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5 Ways to Hurt Your Reputation in a New Job

February 19th, 2013

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

1. You’re late.

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

2. You’re overly assertive at meetings.

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

3. You kiss up to your boss.

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

4. You spend time gossiping.

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

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

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

Need Help Finding a New Houston Job?

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

 

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Increase Your Odds of Getting “Found” by a Recruiter

January 22nd, 2013

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

But don’t despair.

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

Here’s a look at 4 of them:

Get Active on LinkedIn.

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

Get Active on Twitter.

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

Ask for LinkedIn Recommendations.

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

Make Your Voice Heard.

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

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

Let Murray Resources Help You Find Your Next Great Opportunity!

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

 

5 Tips for Being a Dynamic Thinker at Work

January 15th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Tip #1: Watch.

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

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

Tip #2: Read.

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

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

Tip #3: Question.

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

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

Tip #4: Challenge.

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

Tip #5: Dabble

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

Are You a Dynamic Thinker Looking for a New Job?

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

 

Murray Resources Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary

January 8th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Significant company milestones:

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

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

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

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

January 2nd, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

About Murray Resources

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

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

December 18th, 2012

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

Wrong.

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

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

Reason #1: You can build a big network.

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

Reason #2: You can join industry groups.

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

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

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

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

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

Reason #5: You can build your reputation.

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

Need Help Finding a New Job?

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

 

The Best Time to Ask for a Raise

November 27th, 2012

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

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

Do Your Research

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

Consider the Economy

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

Market Yourself

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

Consider a Change in Your Position

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

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

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

 

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

November 27th, 2012

Picture it:

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

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

So should you ignore the requirements and apply anyway?

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

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

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

Be Relevant.

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

Be Savvy.

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

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

Be Confident.

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

Be Open.

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

Want More Job Search Help?

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

 

6 of the Best Online Networking Resources For Job Seekers

November 23rd, 2012

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

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

1. MeetUp.com

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

2. LunchMeet

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

3. Ryze.com

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

4. BrazenCareerist.com

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

5. BranchOut

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

6. Meteor

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

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

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

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

 

5 Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job Offer

October 16th, 2012

As Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that job searches are hard, plain and simple.

But one of the most frustrating parts of the process is when you apply for a job, land an interview, think you’re a great fit for the position…only to find out the job offer went to someone else.

While there are certainly factors that are outside your control – such as internal hiring – there may be some things you’re doing that are preventing you from landing the job you want. Here’s a look at 5 possibilities:

Reason #1: You Didn’t Click With the Hiring Manager.

In our current economy, employers are scared of making hiring mistakes. As a result, things that weren’t a major priority in the past – such as soft skills – have taken a front seat in today’s hiring process. So if you didn’t click with the hiring manager or showcase the right soft skills (such as team work and communication abilities or flexibility), then that may be one of the reasons you didn’t get the job. That doesn’t mean you’re not skilled or dependable, it simply means you may not be the right fit for that particular organization’s culture.

Reason #2: You Have an Attitude.

One of the biggest turn-offs to hiring managers is arrogance. So even if you know you have the skill set and proven track record to do the job, acting smug and self-righteous during an interview will only land you on the cutting room floor. During an interview, it’s important to demonstrate confidence and restraint…not attitude and arrogance.

Reason #3: You Have an Unprofessional Online Identity.

If you’re in the running for a job opportunity, then there’s a pretty good chance that a hiring manager will search your name online. And depending on the content of your online profiles, that could either make or break your job search efforts.

Reason #4: You Come Across as Negative or Disinterested.

Hiring managers love eager and enthusiastic candidates. What they don’t love are candidates who offer a more negative outlook; for instance, bashing a former boss or employer or demonstrating a lack of interest in the job. While you may think you’re making small talk with the hiring manager or taking a laid back approach to communicating, what the hiring manager sees is a candidate who is unprofessional or who doesn’t take the job opening seriously.

Reason #5: You Weren’t Really Qualified for the Position to Begin With.

If you “tweaked” your resume to make yourself come across as more qualified than you truly are, you will get found out. Hiring managers are trained to ask questions that uncover a candidate’s true skill level and experience. So you’ll simply annoy the hiring manager and get blacklisted from interviewing with the company for future opportunities.

At the end of the day, you may not have landed the position for any number of reasons. If it was a job you really wanted, then consider reaching out to the hiring manager and asking why you didn’t win the offer. They may be able to give you some valuable feedback that can help in your future job search efforts.

For More Tips on Making a Better Impression in Your Next Job Interview…

…check out our Interview Tips Tuesday blog post. As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources has the experience and expertise to help you interview better, so you make a great impression and land the job you want! And be sure to contact us if you’d like more help with your Houston job search!

 

 

6 Mission Critical Job Search Tips for Veterans

September 18th, 2012

Going from the military to civilian life can certainly be challenging. But, as Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that when it comes to your job search, you can leverage the power of your military experience so that you stand out in a sea of other candidates. Here’s how:

Tip #1: Reposition Yourself.

Employers may have a lot of respect for you…but that doesn’t mean they understand the value you bring to the table. They may picture you on the frontlines, not in a boardroom. That’s why it’s important to reposition your experience in a way that highlights your transferable skills, such as leading a team, problem solving abilities, and resilience in the face of challenges.

Tip #2: Speak Civilian.

Most employers aren’t familiar with military jargon, so avoid it in your cover letter, resume, and during the job interview. If you’re not sure what the civilian equation for a certain title, role, or assignment is, then look it up using the Military to Civilian Occupation Translator (http://www.acinet.org/moc/).

Tip #3: Be Relevant.

As a veteran, you may have completed dozens of training courses and hold many certifications. But you don’t want to submit a 10-page resume. So be selective about the educational and training experience you wish to highlight. For instance, if you’re applying for a management position, then include relevant leadership training you’ve undergone. Also, when you get a job interview, you’ll need to be able to explain how your education and training stacks up against a traditional, four-year college degree.

Tip #4: Promote Yourself.

You’re probably used to being a part of a team, rather than going it alone. But when it comes to your job search, it’s not a team effort. Therefore, you really need to work hard to promote yourself and demonstrate why an employer should hire you. To do so, be sure to:

• Customize your resume for each position.
• Go through past performance reviews in search of relevant accomplishments you can highlight on your resume.
• Hiring managers love results. So include statistics, percentages, and specific examples to demonstrate your successful track record.

Tip #5: Research Companies That are Hiring Veterans.

As Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that many companies today have dedicated programs for hiring veterans. So do some research to find out who those companies are and what kinds of job openings they have.

Tip #6: Be Persuasive.

Unfortunately, some hiring managers have preconceived notions about veterans, such as they’re only good at following orders. So it’s your job to change their minds and present yourself as a professional with highly valuable skills and abilities. It may be difficult to change minds via a resume, but be sure to highlight important achievements and results during your job interview.

Want More Help from the Job Search Experts?

If you’d like professional help from experienced Houston recruiters, let Murray Resources know. We can work directly with you to craft an effective resume, polish your interview skills, and search for jobs in the Houston area that are a great fit for you. Contact Murray Resources today to get started!

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3 Signs Your New Hire Might Be a Bad Fit

October 4th, 2011

As top Houston recruiters, we know that the fierce job market has resulted in many candidates exaggerating their experience or skills, or even lying about the type of environment in which they thrive. As a result, it’s up to you to ask the right questions and use effective techniques in order to weed out the not-so-worthy candidates and focus on the strongest ones.

However, sometimes, despite your best efforts, a bad fit candidate slips through the cracks and winds up on your payroll. When this happens, it can cost your company time and money in the form of lost productivity, reduced morale, and an increased tax burden. Therefore, it’s important to spot hiring mistakes early on, so you can quickly deal with them and move forward.

To help you, here’s are 3 signs to look out for and how to handle each one:

Sign #1: They don’t ask any questions.

Not asking questions can mean a variety of things:

• They don’t care about the new job
• They’re afraid to ask questions
• They don’t communicate well
• They don’t understand the job, but don’t want to look dumb by asking too many questions
• They think they can figure it out on their own, even if it takes a long time
• They think they know better than you or your staff

In any case, none of the reasons above are a good thing. They indicate a lack of curiosity, a lack of focus, or an inability to act professionally.

What you should do: Especially in those first few months of employment, it’s critically important to encourage new hires to ask lots of questions. One way you can do that is to pair a new hire up with a company veteran as a mentor. Not only will a long-standing employee be able to answer many of the new hire’s questions, but the new hire may be more comfortable asking a co-worker questions, rather than the boss.

Sign #2: They treat people differently, based on rank.

You want employees who work well with all people, regardless of their position in the company. And an employee who talks down to the receptionist or an assistant can have a big negative impact on the morale of your entire team.

What you should do: If you see signs of bad behavior, immediately pull the employee into your office for a private discussion. Have specific examples of the behavior that you have witnessed. Also make it clear that such behavior won’t be tolerated.

In the future, to avoid this problem, ask your receptionist or assistant what their first impressions of the candidate was during the interview process. Was the candidate professional and respectful or condescending? They may be able to offer you the insight you need to make a better hiring decision in the future.

For more help on avoiding hiring mistakes, read Don’t Make These 5 Hiring Mistakes at Your Houston Company.

Sign #3: They have a toxic attitude.

As a candidate, in the interview, they seemed friendly and engaging. But now that you’ve hired them, you realize they don’t play well with others.

What you should do: If you haven’t seen the bad behavior yourself, don’t rely on hearsay or assumptions. Instead talk privately with managers and staff who work directly with the new hire. Does the negativity seem to just occur with one person, or with many people?

If you hear enough information to validate complaints, then invite the employee to your office for a neutral discussion. Perhaps there is a good reason for their behavior, such as issues at home. If not, though, then it’s up to you whether to begin the termination process or try to get the employee on track.

In the future, if you’d like some help with the hiring process, give us a call. As Houston recruiters, our top priority is delivering exceptional job candidates, not good candidates who may have the adequate skills. But people who are truly top performers.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, please contact us today.

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Can You Fire an Employee for Their Appearance?

July 19th, 2011

As Houston recruiters, we saw in the news recently that a woman filed a lawsuit claiming age discrimination against her former Houston employer stating she was let go because she refused to dye her gray hair. In the suit, the woman said that her manager told her to amp up her image and dye her gray hair because the firm was moving to new headquarters and wanted to present a more upscale image. When she refused, she was fired and a younger woman was hired.

The employer, however, is calling her lawsuit baseless and said she was fired because a customer no longer wanted to do business with her. In addition, they stated they have three current employees who are older than the woman filing the suit.

Whatever the case may be, the question remains: Can you legally fire an employee for their appearance?

If the employee in question is violating the company’s stated dress codes, and those dress codes aren’t discriminatory, then yes, you may be able to.

For instance, according to a 2006 ruling, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the termination of a casino bartender who refused to wear makeup. According to the casino’s dress policy, female bartenders are required to wear makeup, while men are required to keep their hair and fingernails trimmed.

In fact, as Houston recruiters, we know that under the employment-at-will doctrine, an employer can generally fire a non-union employee for almost any reason or no reason at all. (For union employees, “just cause” is required.) However, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, some of the reasons an employer cannot terminate an employee are on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act also prohibits termination on the basis of age.

So in the Houston case, if it can be proven the woman was fired because she didn’t look sufficiently youthful, then she may have a valid claim. If not, then the suit could be dismissed. Only time will tell.

What about you? Do you regulate your employees’ appearance in any way?

Stress Busters: 7 Tips for Effective Time Management

May 24th, 2011

Overwhelmed by the number of projects you have at work? Feel like the days fly by without getting anything done due to distractions and interruptions? As Houston recruiters, we know that if this is the case, your productivity could be decreasing, while your stress level is on the rise, which can impact your overall health. In fact, according to the American Medical Association, stress can be linked to approximately 80-85% of all medical conditions and illnesses.

Here are some ideas to help you get back on track, manage your time better, and reduce stress. Don’t try every single one at once. That may stress you out even further! Instead, adapt one or two ideas for a few weeks to see how they work. If things go well, consider adapting others.

1. Evaluate how you’re spending time.

Track your time for one day. Record everything you do between work hours, from the commute to checking emails. What you find out could be surprising. For instance, if you’re spending more time than you thought in your car during the commute, can you take a bus or ride the train instead and get some work done on your way to the office?

2. Prioritize tasks.

It sounds simple enough, but are you really prioritizing each task in your day? If not, you could be scrambling at the last minute to get important projects done. One way to prioritize is to make two lists everyday. One that includes “must do” activities and the other that includes the activities you’d “like to get done.” Not only will you feel more in control, but you’ll minimize conflicts and the need to rush around.

3. Break tasks up.

One gigantic task could leave you feeling uncertain of where to begin. Instead, break the task up into smaller, more manageable pieces and set a reasonable time limit for getting each task done.

4. Learn to say “no.”

If you’re already feeling overworked and overwhelmed, then learn to set boundaries and say “no.”

5. Disconnect.

When you have a looming deadline, it’s time to disconnect and focus. That means no logging into Facebook or LinkedIn or sending out email messages.

6. Delegate tasks.

If you can, hand off certain tasks to someone else.

7. Don’t multitask.

Studies show that multi-tasking can actually make you less productive, not more. In one study, researchers at Stanford University found that students who regularly juggle high-tech activities such as checking email and text messages, and surfing the Internet pay less attention, have trouble remembering what they’ve seen, and are less adept at switching from one task to another. So focus on doing one task at a time – and do it really well.

If part of your stress is due to a job search, Murray Resources can help. As top Houston recruiters, we can give you access to leading employers and job opportunities in and around the Houston area. Contact us today to learn more.

How to Avoid Getting Scammed By a Fake Job Opening

March 22nd, 2011

With unemployment still high, and laid off workers getting desperate, there are more and more unscrupulous people out there trying to scam those simply looking for work. And they’re not operating on the fringes of the Internet. They’re right there on job boards, searching for vulnerable people to take advantage of. In addition, as these scammers are getting more and more sophisticated, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell between legitimate job openings and fake ones.

So what can you do to protect yourself and ensure you don’t get scammed? Here are some tips.

Don’t provide financial or sensitive personal information.

A Houston recruiter or a hiring manager will never require numbers like a bank account, a PayPal account, or credit cards just to apply for a job opening. Once you do get hired, you will have to provide your Social Security number for tax purposes and a bank account for direct deposit of your paycheck. But until you’re certain the company is legitimate, don’t give out this information.

Never agree to send money or to pay for services.

Some scammers try to pass themselves off as real Houston recruiters. But legitimate recruiters are paid by the employer, not by the candidate. So any request for money to be transferred or wired should raise a big red flag.

Ignore postings that say “no experience or skills” required.

Every legitimate job opening will require some level of skill, even if it’s an entry-level position. So be wary of positions that don’t require any education, experience, or skill level to qualify.

Evaluate email addresses.

Sometimes you can tell that an ad is a fake by the email address the scammer posts in it. These emails are typically from a free email site (ABCCompany@aol.com), rather than from a company address (MikeH@ABCCompany.com). You can also plug the email into a search engine and see what you come up with. Many times, there will be warnings posted from other job seekers not to reply to that specific email address because it’s a scam.

Get as much information as possible from the recruiter.

Scammers will be vague when it comes to the job opening. But legitimate Houston recruiters will provide you with detailed information about the employer and the position.

Do your homework.

If you’re still uncertain whether an employer or job opening is legitimate, check with the Federal Trade Commission or the Better Business Bureau.

The Internet is a great resource if you’re looking for job. Just be careful out there and keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And if you’d like some additional help finding a job, please contact the Houston recruiters at Murry Resources.

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So You Want to Ace an Upcoming Job Interview?

October 19th, 2010

Wobbly knees. Butterflies in your stomach. Sweaty palms. That’s how most people feel before a job interview. But to ace an interview, it’s important not to let your nerves show. Easier said than done, right? Well, here are some steps you can take to help you stay cool, calm, and collected on your next Houston job interview:

Change your mindset.

Don’t dread your job interview. Just think of it as a conversation between two people. You will be asked questions, but you should also ask lots of questions, as well. After all, you want to land a position with a Houston company that’s a good fit for you. And worst-case scenario? You don’t get the job offer, which could be lucky in the long run if something better comes along.

Make sure you’re properly prepared.

The best way to overcome job interview jitters is to be prepared. Learn as much as you can about the company and the person or people interviewing you. Also, make a list of some commonly asked interview questions (such as “Tell me about yourself,” “Why do you want to work here?,” and “Why should we hire you?”) and practice your answers. You may even want to video-tape your answers to these questions so you can truly critique yourself.

Give yourself plenty of time.

Arriving late can really get a job interview off to a bad start. Do a practice run beforehand if you’ve never been to the interview location. And always give yourself plenty of time just in case you run into bad weather, constructions, or a traffic jam.

Take a deep breath – and relax.

So you’ve changed your mindset, researched the company, prepped for the interview, and checked out the interview location. Now what? Relax. Take some time to work out, watch a funny movie, or go shopping. Do something you enjoy that will take your mind off the interview and help you relax.

If you’re rejected, don’t take it too personally.

Don’t let a job rejection crush you too much. After all, there may have been behind-the-scene elements in play that you weren’t aware of or had no control over, such as a family member being promised the position, or an internal candidate who was a better fit. So rally yourself, get back on that job search horse, and think positive. There is a great job in Houston that has your name all over it!

And if you need help tracking down good job leads in Houston, or preparing for an upcoming interview, contact Murray Resources. As experienced Houston recruiters, we can help you find a job that’s a terrific fit for you. We look forward to working with you!

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