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13 Easy Questions to Ask to Find Out About a Company’s Culture

August 21st, 2018

When you’re interviewing for a job, you know it’s important to ask about the details of the position and what would be expected of you if hired. But are you also asking about the company’s culture and what day-to-day life is like at the organization? If not, then you’re missing out on an important opportunity to truly assess whether the role is right for you.

At Murray Resources, we can help. As experienced Houston recruiters, here are a few questions you should be asking to give you more insight into whether a culture is a fit for you:

#1: What do you like most about working here? What do you like least?

#2: Do employees spend time socializing outside of work? If so, how?

#3: Does the company offer training and development opportunities to its employees?

#4: Are employees recognized for results? If so, how?

#5: How does the company celebrate achievements and successes?

#6: How would my manager share feedback with me about performance? How often?

#7: How much collaboration is there across teams and departments? Is it done primarily in person or electronically?

#8: Is there room for growth with the company and opportunities to advance?

#9: Do employees generally work a lot together or more independently?

#10: Does the company invest in team-building activities? If so, what kind and how often?

#11: Does the company give back to the local community or to any charitable causes?

#12: What types of personalities seem to thrive most within this organization?

#13: Is there a focus on work-life balance at the company?

Some of these questions might be more relevant than others depending on the position you’re interviewing for, as well as your particular wants and needs. So you can certainly pick and choose among them. In addition, come up with your own list to address topics and issues related to culture that are especially important to you. That way, if you are offered the position, you can accept or decline it based on an accurate sense of what it truly entails and what it’s like to work at the organization.

Need more help with your job search or evaluating offers?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As Houston recruiters, we can assist you with all aspects of your job search from start to finish. Not only that, but we can connect you with rewarding opportunities at some of the city’s leading employers, all so you can get the job that’s a great fit for you.

Contact our Houston recruiters today to learn more – or get started.

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Skills vs. Attitude: Which is More Important to Hire for?

August 14th, 2018

When it comes to the hiring process, you know you need to evaluate for both skills and attitude. But is one more important than the other? If, for instance, you have two strong candidates – one with a better attitude and potential and the other with a stronger skill set – which should you choose?

It can definitely be tough to tell and with so much on the line, you don’t want to make a mistake. Murray Resources, leading Houston headhunters, has the answers you need. Here are some tips to help you during the decision-making process:

Consider the job.

For some jobs, it makes sense to focus more on attitude; for others, technical skills are of prime importance. That’s why you should first and foremost consider the job you’re hiring for.

If, for instance, you need a highly analytical accountant, then the best attitude in the world won’t matter much if their mathematical skills aren’t up to par. That’s not to say you’d hire someone with a poor attitude; it just might not take center stage during the hiring process.

If, however, you need a customer service representative who can handle problem situations with tact and empathy, then attitude is going to outweigh technical skills that can be taught.

Consider your company and its culture.

You might get resumes from candidates with tons of experience and plenty of enthusiasm. However, once on the job, you could find out they’re a complete dud. What gives? After all, they seemed to have both the right technical skills and a good attitude.

As Houston headhunters, we know it often comes down to poor fit. For example, if your culture is fast-paced and collaborative, and your new hire is more the laid back, lone wolf type, then they’re not going to thrive, even with the right skills and a positive attitude. So cultural fit is critically important to assess, as well, beyond skills and attitude.

Consider the candidate.

When you’re trying to decide between a candidate with a better attitude and one with more skill consider the strengths and weaknesses of each. Does one candidate seem more focused on learning and skill development than another? Is there a clear winner when it comes to communication skills? How do they work best and which is a better fit for your particular company and culture? In the end, your goal is to ensure whomever you do hire will be with you for the long-term.

Need help hiring candidates with the right skills and a great attitude?

Call in the the experienced Houston headhunters at Murray Resources. For over 30 years, we’ve been providing world-class recruiting services to leading companies in and around Houston. Contact us today to learn more or get started with our firm.

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Why You Need to Practice Before a Job Interview & How to Do It

August 7th, 2018

Congratulations! You just got a call for an interview. Now comes the hard part: preparing for it. If you want to make the best impression possible, it’s important to practice your interview skills. Not only will you feel more confident walking into the interview, but you’ll also stand out among other candidates in the process. Murray Resources, leading job recruiters in Houston, TX, explains what you need to know:

Research common interview questions.

Go online and start researching common interview questions. There are some that you might be more likely to get asked than others. However, most hiring managers typically inquire in a general way about your background, strengths and weaknesses, why you’d be a good fit for the job, and why you’re leaving your current position.

Think of other industry-related questions you might get asked.

In addition to general interview questions, there will be those that are specifically related to your industry or the role you’re interviewing for. You can go online to research some of these, as well, or simply list a few you think you might get asked.

Write down your answers.

Rather than speaking them out loud, write them down first. This will help you to think through your responses and expand on them so you can offer the most detailed information possible. Once you’ve completed this process, then create condensed versions of your answers on flash cards. Shuffle them up so they’re in a random order and then start practicing them out loud. The more you practice, the more prepared you’ll be.

Record yourself practicing.

Use your phone or your computer’s web cam to record yourself. Don’t simply assess what you’re saying, but look too at your body language and the tone of your voice. This will help you gain more insight into the impression you’ll be giving to hiring managers.

Ask a friend to perform a mock interview.

You can also ask a friend or family member to interview you. Give them your list of questions and ask them for feedback on how well you answered them. This will help you hone your interview skills in an environment that feels safer and more comfortable than an actual interview.

Walk through what you’ll wear and how you’ll get there.

As job recruiters in Houston, TX, we know that another important part of the preparation process is to figure out what you’re going to wear ahead of time. Whatever you choose should be business formal attire. You’re also going to want to ensure your suit is cleaned and pressed ahead of time and that you have shoes to match.

Likewise, if you’re not sure where the company’s location is, do a test run before the interview day so you can determine which route to take and the amount of time it takes to get there.

Preparing for an interview certainly takes a lot of time and effort. However, the more you put in, the more you’ll get out in the form of a possible job offer.

Need more help with your job search?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As job recruiters in Houston, TX, we can assist you with all aspects of your job search, from resumes and cover letters to connecting you with top jobs throughout the city. Contact us today to learn more.

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Estimating the Cost of Employee Turnover

July 30th, 2018

Have you ever stopped to figure out exactly how much time you have to invest in hiring an employee? Activities, like screening phone calls, reviewing resumes and arranging interviews, can really be time-consuming. This exercise will help you develop an accurate estimate of how much time you spend locating a suitable individual.

For the following recruiting and hiring activities, estimate how long each would take to complete. Once you’ve done that, total the number of hours. You may be surprised at what you find.

Recruiting and Hiring ActivitiesEstimated Time Required
Developing position specifications (job description, compensation package, etc.)
Writing, laying out and placing ad
Screening phone calls (how many phone calls might you receive to an ad?)
Receiving and scanning resumes (how many resumes would you wade through to find a few good ones?)
Reviewing resumes
Developing a short list of possible candidates
Arranging interviews (how many first interviews would you need to schedule?)
Conducting first interviews
Developing a second shortlist based on interviews
Arranging second interviews
Conducting reference checks
Extending an offer
Sending rejection letters
Other recruiting and hiring activities:
Grand Total:

This analysis makes several assumptions:

  • You get a great response to your first advertisement
  • The first person offered the job accepts and starts
  • The first person hired works out for the long-term

If any of these assumptions turns out not to be true, the figure you just calculated could easily skyrocket.

How can permanent placement services help?

Reclaim Time – A staffing service will handle the majority of the administrative burden associated with hiring a new employee. For any job opening, you’ll only hire one person out of all those you see. Most of the time you spend is completely wasted. What more productive activities could you engage in, if you didn’t have to spend time advertising, recruiting, screening and reference checking?

Better Quality Applicants – Often, the best people are already working. The perfect person for a position with your company may not have time to look for another job or may be concerned about confidentiality issues. People in this situation often turn to staffing services to help search for new employment. As a result, staffing services have access to candidates who may not otherwise be available to your company.

Guarantees – If a candidate proves to be unsuitable within a specified frame of time, most staffing services will replace that candidate free of charge (each service’s guarantees vary). This saves you all the time and hassle of replacing a bad hire on your own.

Shorten the Placement Cycle – Placement services leverage their recruiting and advertising expense across multiple clients, and are constantly searching for skilled individuals. They employ multiple recruiting tactics like advertising, direct recruiting, networking and computerized databases to maintain a large pool of applicants. Access to vast applicant resources may enable a staffing service to locate a candidate for you more quickly.

Confidentiality – Recruiters provide strict confidentiality, which can keep competitors from being tipped off to company changes, new product releases, and can protect against employee and supplier apprehension. Recruiters value the sensitive information they are trusted with during the search process and respect their client’s vulnerability.

Estimating the cost of a bad hire:

In many cases, staffing services offer less expensive alternatives to getting your work done. For example, do you know what it really costs you to employ your staff? The “hidden” expenses associated with being an employer are often underestimated. Things like recruiting, interviewing, training, benefits administration, management, and turnover really add up. Consider the following expenses for an administrative employee at $20,000 who terminates after one month:

Cost AreaExampleYour Estimated Cost
HR Time
Specification of position
Prepare classified ad
Review resumes from 100 ad responses
Telephone screen 10 candidates
Schedule, prepare for, and conduct 5 interviews
Assessment testing for 3 candidates
Reference checking for 3 candidates
Total HR time ($ per hour x hours)$40 x 30 = $1,200
Other Recruitment / Interviewing Costs
Management interview time ($ per hour x hours)$50 x 6 = $300
Other interviewers’ time ($ per hour x hours)$50 x 9 = $450
Cost of advertising (15 line ad run for 3 Sundays)$450
Salary and Related Costs
Salary (for one month)$1,666
Benefits (based on national average of 31%*)$516
Overhead, administrative expense, etc. (20%*)$333
Training / Orientation / Answering Questions
Trainer’s time ($ per hour x hours)$15 x 16 = $240
Manager’s time ($ per hour x hours)$50 x 8 = $400
Productivity Losses
Compensating for sub-standard performance (co-workers doing or re-doing bad hire’s work: assumes bad hire is working at 5% capacity)$10 x 40 = $400
Grand total:$5,955

 

Additional Expenses to Consider:

 This estimate of the real cost of a bad hire doesn’t even take into account costs which are extremely difficult to calculate, such as:

  • the negative effect on co-workers’ productivity and morale
  • lost business and opportunities due to mishandling by the employee
  • unemployment compensation, severance pay or legal fees
  • recruitment and training costs which you must incur again to replace the employee.

Imagine what the cost would be for a mid-level manager who terminated after three months.

The Bottom Line:

Although the examples provided in this exercise are quite conservative, they effectively demonstrate the real value staffing services provide: lowering costs, improving focus, reducing the risk of not finding qualified candidates through traditional resources. If you are interested in increasing your organization’s profitability, staffing services can play a major role.

To learn how Murray Resources can help you with your recruiting/staffing needs, contact us today at 713) 935-0009

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Hiring? Find Out What Really Attracts Top Talent

July 24th, 2018

When it comes to hiring, talented professionals have a lot of choices these days. So what can you do to make your company more attractive to them? As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, TX, Murray Resources has the answers you need. Here’s a look at a few key factors that come into play when candidates are weighing offers:

Pay & Benefits

Of course, compensation is a big part of the equation when it comes to deciding where to work. Not only do candidates need to be fairly compensated in order to maintain their quality of life, but also to demonstrate that you value them and the skills they bring to the table.

Culture

Every company is unique with different cultures. Your culture might be more casual and laid back, or more formal. Just make sure that it offers an environment that’s a healthy place to work for all individuals. They should feel respected, recognized for hard work, and encouraged to voice their opinions on issues that matter to them.

Flexibility

Today’s employees want more flexibility in terms of where and when they work. Companies that can meet those needs through telecommuting have a leg up when it comes to recruiting top talent. Offering the ability to telecommute two to three days each week seems to offer employers and employees the balance they both need when it comes to collaborating in the office and working from home.

Clear Expectations

If the job description seems vague, or if questions go unanswered during the hiring process, then the most qualified candidates will look elsewhere for opportunities. Instead, be clear about the role, responsibilities and qualifications. Also discuss growth opportunities, as well as challenges that come with the position.

Development Opportunities

Highly skilled individuals want to work for those companies that offer room for growth and opportunities to advance. To attract this level of talent, you need to offer incentives such as mentoring programs, training resources, stretch assignments and room for autonomy.

Authenticity

At the end of the day, employees want to work at places where they’re excited to come to work each day. That’s why long-winded job postings that are cumbersome to read don’t attract the right kind of people. Instead, show candidates what it’s really like to work at your company. For instance, post videos that offer tours of your office. Or ask employees to author posts about the culture and what they like most about it.

Interested in handing off parts of your hiring function to our experts?

Let Murray Resources know. As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, TX, we’ve helped high-performance organizations build their teams for over 30 years – and we can help you too. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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2018 Human Resources Conference Event Calendar

July 22nd, 2018

Below is a conference calendar for Human Resources professionals looking to network and stay up to date on the latest news, regulations, and technologies affecting the HR world. To suggest a conference for this list, please email info@murrayresources.com

(Last updated July 2018. Dates and locations subject to change – please verify)

HCI 2018 Employee Engagement Conference

July 30 – August 1, 2018

Sheraton Denver Downtown,1550 Court Place, Denver, CO

http://www.hci.org/ee-conference/2018

 

Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

August 8 – 10, 2018

Westin Austin Downtown, 310 East 5th Street, Austin, TX

https://socialrecruitingstrategies.com/austin-2018/conference/venue

 

HR TechXpo

August 28, 2018

Hilton Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA

http://hrtechxpo.com/

 

HR Technology Conference

September 11 – 14, 2018

The Venetian, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

http://www.hrtechconference.com/

 

IPMA-HR International Training Conference

September 22 – 26, 2018

Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ

https://www.ipma-hr.org/annual-conference/2018/2018-international-training-conference

 

HCInnovation@Work Conference

October 3-5

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ

http://www.hci.org/iw-conference/2018

 

LinkedIn Talent Connect 2018

October 9 – 11, 2018

Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA

https://business.linkedin.com/events/talent-connect#

 

Strategic HR Forum

October 14 – 16, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, 160 East Pearson Street at, Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL

https://www.hrps.org/executive-events/strategic-hr-forum/pages/default.aspx

 

The HRSouthwest Conference

October 14 – 17, 2018

Forth Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX

https://hrsouthwest.com/

 

RemagineHR

October 28-30

Orlando, FL

https://www.gartner.com/en/conferences/na/human-resource-us

 

HIREconf: The Intersection of Talent Acquisition and Technology

November 7 – 8, 2018

230 5th Avenue, 230 5th Avenue, New York, NY

https://hireconf.com/

 

HR Comply 2018 | Limit Liability & Drive Success

November 14 – 16, 2018

Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

http://live.blr.com/event/hr-comply/

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Speed Up Your Job Search with These 5 Simple Strategies

July 17th, 2018

It’s easy to get into a rut when you’re searching for a new job. Once you do, the process can slow down, which is a frustrating experience. But don’t panic. There are steps you can take to speed up your hunt and find a new job faster. Here are a few tips from our Houston headhunters to consider:

Expand your network.

Most job opportunities come by way of networking. While it’s a good idea to search the job boards for positions, it’s also vital that you schedule regular networking events into your week. These can be online, in-person, or a mix of both. Also, make sure you notify friends and family of your job search. When you do, you’ll increase your odds of finding out about new opportunities.

Review your resume.

If your resume isn’t aligned with the positions you’re applying for or if it’s full of vague language like “team player,” then you’re not going to get a lot of calls for interviews. Instead, read through each job posting first and make a list of your skills and qualifications that are most pertinent. Then, before you apply, modify your resume so it’s as relevant as possible. The less generic your resume, the more you’ll stand out to a hiring manager.

Polish your interviewing skills.

Interviews are stressful for even the most experienced candidate. One way to offset the associated nerves is through practicing your answers. As Houston headhunters, we recommend making a list of common interview questions and then respond to them one by one. You can even record yourself so you can evaluate your body language, tone of voice, and interview effectiveness. To further polish your skills, ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview with you.

Evaluate your online presence.

What happens when a recruiter or hiring manager Googles you? Do the search results reflect positively on you? If not, then you’ll need to take some steps to clean things up. In addition, make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated and that it matches the resume you’re sending in.

Rethink your approach.

If you followed the steps above and still aren’t getting calls for an interview, it’s time to take a step back and consider the positions you’re applying for. Are you truly qualified for them? Or are you under- or over-qualified? If you want the best results from your search, then it’s important to make sure you’re applying to the jobs you’re best-suited for.

Need more help finding a new job in the Houston area?

Connect with the Houston headhunters at Murray Resources. We offer talented, highly-motivated candidates opportunities across a broad range of industries and job functions. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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Are Negative Online Reviews Hurting Your Employer Brand? Here’s What to Do

July 10th, 2018

Your online reviews play a big part in your reputation among your customers. But did you know they also impact your ability to recruit, as well? As a leading staffing agency in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that just like customers, candidates too look to these to judge whether or not they’d like to apply for an opportunity with your company.

So what if someone, like a disgruntled former employee, posts something negative about your workplace? What should you do?

First and foremost, it’s always important to track online comments and know what people are saying about your company. That doesn’t mean you should respond to every negative comment out there. However, if something that’s stated is clearly false and it’s especially damaging to your brand, then it is important to consider responding. Here’s how to do it in a productive manner:

Take anger out of the equation.

Don’t respond in anger or hurl insults at the person that’s posting. Instead, be diplomatic and simply respond with an honest answer. If their criticism is a fair one, then acknowledge it and talk about the steps you’re taking to fix the issue. If it’s not, then give specific examples as to why. Keep in mind that everything you post will be seen by the general public, so you want to keep your comments professional.

Keep it short and clear.

Don’t go into a 2,000 word diatribe about your company and why the negative comments aren’t true. Instead, you simply want to get your point across in a clear and concise manner, always being polite with whatever you’re communicating.

Don’t demand a reviewer take down their comment.

If you do, then you’ll come off as overly sensitive and even like you’re trying to hide something. People might even believe there’s truth to the comments even when there isn’t.

In today’s world, having a positive employer brand is a valuable asset that can help boost your recruitment efforts and your business bottom line. Follow the tips above to make sure these don’t take a hit because of a few negative comments online.

Need help creating a strong employer brand and attracting top talent?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As a leading staffing agency in Houston, TX, we can give you tips and advice on crafting an employer brand that will stand out to today’s best talent, as well as get to work sourcing, screening and vetting quality candidates. Contact us today to learn more.

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Can Old Posts on Social Media Hurt Your Job Hunt?

July 3rd, 2018

Your personal social media profile and job search are two separate aspects of your life, right? Wrong. As Houston headhunters, Murray Resources knows that in today’s world of recruiting, social media plays a big part in hiring. In fact, according to a Jobvite survey, 92% of recruiters use social media to find high-quality candidates.

What’s more is that even when you have accounts set to private, nothing really is ever so on the Internet. A friend could share your comments or an image, and it could easily wind up in the hands of a hiring manager.

So if you have some concern about past social media posts, what should you do? Here are some tips to put to use:

Google yourself.

This is the first step many recruiters will take, so it’s important for you to see what they will find. Once you know what comes up, you’ll better be able to assess where you need to focus your efforts.

Take down inappropriate content.

If you have some incriminating photos online or mean-spirited or offensive comments on your profiles, take them down. Make sure that whatever you leave on your profile is saying something positive about you.

Ask friends to un-tag you.

If there’s content that reflects poorly on you, but a friend posted it and tagged you in it, ask them to take it down or to un-tag you. In most cases, they’ll comply, so it’s worth the effort.

Be mindful about what you post.

In the future, be careful about what you post. It’s tempting to go on a rant about someone you don’t like, but this simply makes you look immature. So post wisely. Also, don’t ever post any content that could be construed as offensive or profane.

As leading Houston headhunters, we know the last thing you want is to be rejected for your dream job based on something silly you posted three years ago. But it happens every day since so many recruiters and hiring managers vet candidates online and in their social media profiles. Follow the tips above to help ensure it doesn’t happen to you.

Need more help with your job hunt?

Let the Houston headhunters at Murray Resources assist you. We can become your go-to partner in your job search success, whether you need help with your resume and interviews or connecting with great-fit opportunities in a broad range of industries. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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Stop Employee Burnout with a Staffing Agency in Houston TX

June 26th, 2018

Keeping employees later, requesting that they take on added responsibility, and contacting them after hours with specific needs might get the job finished and out the door. But your staff is going to get stressed in the process. Not only that, but over time, being overworked impacts morale, job satisfaction and retention rates.

The good news is that working with a reputable staffing agency in Houston TX can help. In fact, when you partner with one, they can prevent this scenario from happening in the first place. They can work with you to identify your busy times of year and future staffing needs, and plan well in advance to ensure you have the right people in the right positions when you need them.

Just a few specific ways a staffing agency in Houston TX can ensure your company avoids employee burnout – and all of its consequences – include by:

Enabling employees to take time off without worry.

Your employees should be able to take personal days and vacation time without being inundated with requests and needs. Working with a staffing agency will facilitate the process. You can get qualified temporary employees to fill a variety of roles and cover vacations, or sick or maternity leave. That way, work can still get done while your full-time employee take off the time needed.

Helping your people focus on their priorities.

Employees don’t want to have to take on tasks and duties that aren’t a part of their job description for an extended period of time. But when this is happening out of necessity – because you don’t have anyone else to handle the work – it’s time to consider adding to your team, whether in the form of full-time staff or temporary workers. When you do, your employees can then focus on their priorities and playing to their strengths.

Letting you take on new projects and initiatives without adding stress to your staff.

If you don’t have the manpower to take on new projects and have to turn them down, your bottom line can suffer. If you accept anyway, it can take a toll on your team in the form of tight deadlines, longer workdays and lots of stress. That’s where a staffing agency can help and give you access to skilled workers on a temporary or temporary-to-hire basis.

Whether you need seasonal workers to get through a busy period or you’re ready to bring aboard full-time team members, a staffing agency can meet a wide variety of needs. You can gain access to extra hands or those with a specialized skill set, all while focusing on running your business or managing your department.

Interested in learning more about avoiding burnout with a staffing agency?

Call the team at Murray Resources. As a leading staffing agency in Houston TX, we can help you find the qualified people you need, where and when you need them, whether on a temporary or full-time basis. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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5 Tips for Acing a Sales Interview

June 19th, 2018

You sell for a living. But when it comes to promoting your background and skills during a job interview, it can be a struggle. Sound familiar? As leading sales recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows there’s certainly an art behind effective self-promotion.

The good news is that if it isn’t your strong suit, there are steps you can take to improve your approach and increase your odds of landing the job. Here’s a look at 5 of them:

Do your homework.

Research is imperative before meeting with a prospect. The same holds true for hiring managers. Look up the company online, read through their website – learning about their mission, vision, services and customers  – search for news articles pertaining to the company, and talk to anyone you know who already works there. Not only will you be able to answer questions more intelligently but also walk into the interview more confidently.

Know your strengths.

Beyond simply selling, what specific areas are you strongest in? Do you love building relationships with clients, are you great at closing, or do you thrive on putting data and analytics to use during the sales process? Whatever the case for you, be prepared to discuss these key strengths and tie them into the position you’re interviewing for.

Talk about results.

Clients want to see tangible results and a proven track record. Hiring managers are no different. They want to know about your accomplishments complete with facts, figures, dollar amounts and other numbers to back them up. It’s therefore important to be prepared to talk about a few specific achievements and the impact they’ve made financially for past employers.

Prepare answers.

Before meeting with a potential customer, you’d think ahead about their objections and pain points, as well as how to respond to each. The same goes for the interview process. Before your next interview, research and think through the different kinds of questions you’ll be asked so you’re well prepared to provide the strongest answers possible. You don’t want to walk in sounding scripted. But when you’ve taken some time to think about how you’d answer questions, you can ensure you don’t stumble over your responses.

Ask your own questions.

So much of good selling is about asking questions and listening. The same goes for interviewing. If you want to make the best impression and learn what you need to know about the specifics of a particular job, then asking thoughtful questions – about the company, the sales department, the challenges and performance goals and metrics – is key.

Interested in professional help finding your next sales job?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As leading sales recruiters in Houston, we can give you access to the top local employers along with positions not always advertised, from account executive to sales associate to national sales manager. Find out more by contacting our Houston sales recruiting team today.

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Staffing Solutions: What Are the Different Options & Which is Right for You?

June 12th, 2018

Today’s economy is rapidly changing. To stay at the forefront of your industry, you need the right people in the right positions, and also enough flexibility to limit overhead and take advantage of new opportunities. Working with a staffing agency in Houston, TX can help you achieve all this and more.

That said, there are many different solutions available. If you’re not an expert, it can be difficult to know which is right for you and your team. To help you make the best decision – and partner with the right staffing agency in Houston, TX – here’s an overview of some common services available:

Direct hire / permanent staffing.

This staffing service is designed to fill roles that are full-time, permanent in nature, and typically offer benefits. With this service, your staffing agency will source talent from both passive and active pools, as well as screen, interview, and vet candidates through a strict hiring process.

Contract / temporary staffing.

This provides for an employment situation where an individual is hired for a specified period of time, at a specified rate. They are typically on the payroll of the staffing agency, not the company. Contract and temporary staffing are both ideal when you have busy seasons where you need extra manpower, or if you have a short-term project that requires a specialized skill set.

Temporary-to-hire staffing.

When you know you need to hire, but aren’t sure whether it’s on a full-time or temporary basis, this service can provide you with more insight before making a permanent decision. With it, you can bring an individual on board for a specified period of time. If you’re satisfied with their performance and can continue to sustain demand, then you can choose whether or not to make a full-time offer.

Payrolling.

An arrangement where your staffing agency serves as the employer of record and handles the administrative burdens associated with payroll. This offers a range of benefits, including helping your company to reduce HR-related overhead costs, as well as eliminating administration time, so you can focus on other business priorities.

Onsite recruiting management.

Recruiting services, provided right onsite at your company’s location, to better assist with recruitment efforts when you have a regular need for employees. Services include sourcing candidates, interviewing them, conducting background and reference checks, and facilitating the hiring process.

Ready to take advantage of one or more of these staffing services?

Connect with the choice for staffing in Houston, TX: Murray Resources. We can get to know your company, your culture and your hiring needs, all to create a strategic plan with the right blend of services to keep you optimally staffed at all times. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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What to Do After a Poor Performance Review

June 5th, 2018

Being on the receiving end of a poor performance review can be an upsetting experience. However, that doesn’t mean the situation will totally sabotage your career progression if you take the right approach. Instead, take negative feedback and turn it into a positive for your career with these steps from Murray Resources, one of the leading employment agencies in Houston:

Don’t get defensive.

When you’re being criticized, it’s only natural to feel defensive. But don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Rather than arguing with your boss, instead accept their feedback and take the time to think about it. In the moment, you might feel attacked. After some time, though, you could realize your boss is right and there are areas that need change.

Circle back to your boss.

As one of the top employment agencies in Houston, Murray Resources understands that getting negative feedback about your performance can be devastating, especially if you were expecting a positive review. As a result, you might have felt blind-sided during the experience and unable to process what was being said.

Once you’ve had some time to think the conversation through, get back together with your boss. If you have any questions or are looking for clarification, now’s the time to bring up those concerns. In addition, there may be areas where you feel you need extra training or help, or other issues your boss should know about, all of which you should bring up at this point.

Discuss next steps.

Negative feedback is never fun, but it is a learning experience. To get the most from it, make sure you’re clear on the situation and the expectations your boss has going forward. Also, prioritize goals and discuss the timeline for achieving them. Another area to talk about with your boss involves communication and monitoring the progress of improvements.

Ask for more feedback.

The last thing you want might want to do at this point is to ask for more feedback. But in the future, it’s the best way to ensure you’re staying on track toward your performance goals and making progress where you need to. It will also demonstrate to your boss your desire to improve.

When it comes to negative feedback, whatever you do, don’t get discouraged. Instead, look at it as an opportunity to improve and grow today, all so you can advance your career tomorrow.

Don’t want to wait? Ready to advance your career in a new position right now?

Murray Resources – one of the leading employment agencies in Houston – can help. We are your source for information and advice on career next steps, job leads, and how to get hired at the area’s top employers. Simply contact our team to learn more or search our jobs today.

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Hiring? Get Strategies for Improving the Interview Process

May 22nd, 2018

The job interview is your ticket to finding the best candidates to hire. The more effective it is, the better your hiring decisions will be.

Sounds simple enough, right? And yet, according to statistics, nearly half of new hires fail on the job within the first 18 months. All of those might not be due to weak interviews. However, as one of Houston’s seasoned staffing firms, we know that many hiring mistakes can be avoided by a sound process that helps you interview more consistently and effectively. To help improve yours, here are a few strategies to put to use:

Make sure interviewers are trained

If the people conducting interviews aren’t on the HR staff – and are managers in their departments instead – make sure they’re thoroughly trained on interview best practices. For instance, you want to instruct them to evaluate candidates more on facts, not on hunches or impressions. Likewise, you can provide behavioral based interview training so they have the tools and tactics needed to take a deeper dive into a candidate’s background and experience.

Be transparent about the opportunity

Talk to every candidate about what the position entails and what it’s like to work at the company. When they ask about challenges that come with the role, be honest. Don’t try to sidestep these kinds of questions. Also, don’t make claims that aren’t true. If a candidate does accept the job based on inaccurate information, they probably won’t stick around for long.

Offer a positive candidate experience

The interviewer isn’t the only doing the evaluating. Candidates too are sizing up your organization and the opportunity. It’s important not to lose sight of that in the interview process and to create a positive candidate experience as a result.

When candidates are left in the dark after an interview, are treated rudely by a staff member, or aren’t given the time to ask questions during an interview, it’s going to impact their impression of your company. Even if you don’t end up hiring them for the current position, they could be the right fit for one down the line. So you want to put your best foot forward with each one.

Ask candidates why they want to work for you

There are plenty of candidates out there looking for just any job. You want the ones who have a strong desire to work at your company and land this opportunity. To find them, ask why they want the job. If they don’t have an answer, then they’re probably not the right fit.

Schedule two rounds of interviews

It can be tough to tell whether a candidate is right for the job after just one interview. That’s why it’s important to schedule a second one. Interviewers can take the time needed to regroup and reflect on candidates. In addition, a second interview offers an opportunity to get behind the candidate mask and dig deeper into each one’s background.

Get better hires with Murray Resources

Don’t have the time or resources to devote to the hiring process? Let Murray Resources help. As one of Houston’s top staffing firms, we can deliver the talent you need through a rigorous sourcing, interviewing and hiring process. We can even conduct skills testing and background checks, all to ensure you get the high-quality people you need. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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4 Tips for Dealing with Job Search Fatigue

May 15th, 2018

You’ve been at it for months, sending in resumes, interviewing and following up. And still, you haven’t had any luck with your job search. You’re growing frustrated and more stressed out by the day. Should you just give up and stay where you are?

As one of Houston’s trusted employment agencies, Murray Resources knows if you’re really not happy in your current role, it’s important to keep up your hunt. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to push through job search fatigue and find the right opportunity for you. Here’s a look at 4 of them:

Tip #1: Expand your search.

If you’re simply looking for Houston jobs online, then you need to broaden your horizons. While there are many great opportunities posted every day, you need to search beyond the major job boards if you want to find a position faster. This includes looking to other niche or specialty sites, networking both online and offline, and getting help from professional employment agencies in Houston.

Tip #2: Invest in yourself.

If you’re not finding the job you want because you don’t have the right skills or certifications, then now’s the time to invest in yourself professionally. Take some time out from your search and sign up for the development courses you need. Read books about the skills you’re looking to acquire or get started earning that advanced degree if that’s what you need to take your career to the next level.

Tip #3: Have some fun.

If all you’re doing is working and searching for a new job, you’re going to burn out. Instead, make sure you balance your day. If you’re unemployed, then structure it like you would a work day, where you take breaks, have lunch and end the day at 5. If you’re employed, set aside a certain number of hours each day or week devoted to your job hunt. When time’s up, walk away and focus on something you enjoy.

Tip #4: Take time out.

If you’ve been searching for a new job for months without any success, there’s a reason. Take a step back and evaluate your efforts. Are you applying for jobs in Houston you’re truly well-suited for? Are you getting interviews? Are you interviewing and not hearing back?

Asking these kinds of questions will help you gain a sense of where things are going wrong and also what it is you want out of your next career move. After all, you don’t want to get a new job just to make a switch. You want to find something you truly love that’s a great fit for you.

Ready for professional help with the process?

Call Houston’s leading choice for employment agencies: Murray Resources. For over 30 years, we’ve been working with many of Houston’s top employers, including leaders in the energy industry, Fortune 500 firms, financial services firms, and more. We know who’s hiring and what local employers want from candidates. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our team today.

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What to Do When a Candidate Seems Too Good to Be True

May 8th, 2018

You know there’s no such thing as the perfect candidate. Each one has their own weaknesses or drawbacks. It’s up to you to determine the issues you can live with and the deal breakers you can’t.

However, what if you stumble across a candidate that seems too good to be true? They check all the right boxes and then some. You’re worried they’re pulling the wool over your eyes. And yet, you’re tempted to offer them the job today, right now. What should you do to ensure you make a smart hiring decision? Here are a few tips from Murray Resources – leading Houston recruiters – to help you:

Invite them back for a second interview.

Not sure about a candidate? Bring them back for a second interview. When you do, dig deep, get specific and ask detailed questions. Also, if they offer any vague answers,  follow up and encourage them to elaborate. Listen for signs that they’re simply repeating a practiced answer that sounds good, or if they’re really showing their authentic self. The more detail they can offer, the more confident you can be in their responses.

Give them a homework assignment.

As Houston recruiters, we know that sometimes candidates look great on paper and ace the interview, only to fall apart once on the job. To ensure that doesn’t happen to you, give the candidate a small assignment similar to the work they’d do if hired. This will give you a good indication of their ability to follow directions, get tasks done in a timely manner, and how well they’d perform if offered the job.

Check their references carefully.

Get at least three references total from the candidate with two of them being from past managers or bosses. When you call references, talk to them specifically about attitude and work quality. These are the two areas that will have the biggest impact on the candidate’s success in the job, so any insight a past manager can offer will be extremely valuable.

If, after following these steps, you feel uncomfortable with the prospect of hiring a seemingly perfect candidate, then go with your gut. There’s a red flag or something holding you back, even if it’s on a subconscious level. When you hire, you want to have total peace of mind that the person you’re bringing on board is right for the job and your company. So don’t make a move until you’re sure.

Would you like professional help with the hiring process?

With the Houston recruiters at Murray Resources, not only do you get expert assistance sourcing, screening, and hiring great candidates, but we can also serve as your go-to source for tips, information and advice on hiring. With our team, you get a true partner in your company’s staffing success. Learn more today by contacting our Houston recruiters.

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Ask the Houston TX Headhunters: What to Do When the Job Offer Isn’t Your First Choice

May 1st, 2018

When you’re searching for a new job, the end goal is an offer. But what should you do when one comes in, yet it’s not your first choice? It’s a good opportunity with a reputable employer. At the same time, you’re hoping to get the offer from the dream company you’re interviewing with next week. Should you take a risk and turn it down? Or should you err on the side of caution and accept a solid opportunity?

As Houston, TX headhunters, Murray Resources can help. Here are some questions you should ask yourself so you can make the best decision going forward:

Do the job responsibilities interest you?

Think through the tasks you’d have to handle on a daily basis. If you’re going to be put into a role that doesn’t excite you in any way, then the job isn’t right for you. If, however, you think you’d be interested in and challenged by the responsibilities that come with it, then it’s certainly worth considering.

How does the compensation stack up?

If you’ve done your homework and know your worth on Houston’s employment market, then you should have a good sense of whether the compensation is fair, or if you’re being undercut. When evaluating the offer, don’t forget to weigh the benefits, like health insurance, flex scheduling, retirement options, and all the other perks and rewards.

What’s your financial situation?

If you’re crunched and feeling the pressure, then you might need to bite the bullet and accept the job offer. You don’t want to put yourself and your family at risk for a position that might not come through, even if it is your dream role.

Do you want to work there?

If you ask yourself this question and your gut says “no,” then you have your answer. If, however, you’re not sure, then make a list of the pros and cons of accepting the offer. Consider aspects of the opportunity like work culture, commute and who your manager would be. Once your list is complete, see which side is longer. It should be pretty clear about whether or not you think the opportunity is a good fit for you.

Will this position help you achieve your career goals?

If the job offers you the opportunity to gain the skills and experience you need to reach a higher goal, then consider taking it. This is true too if the company has an internal promotion policy and advancement opportunities. With it, you’ll be one step closer to your goals, plus you’ll have the chance to move up and take on even more responsibility in the future.

Are you confident you can succeed in the role?

If you’re not, then the job might not be right for you. Every role comes with its fair share of challenges and learning curves. But if you’re hesitant about whether you’re going to be successful in the role and able to meet performance expectations, it might be time to reject it.

How likely is it you’ll get your dream job?

If there’s a good possibility, then you might want to hold out and wait to see if another offer comes in. But if it’s a stretch with little chance of you getting the job, then the offer you have on the table is certainly worth considering.

Are there any deal breakers?

In other words, is there any aspect of the job that you really don’t like, such as a long commute? If there is, these must enter into your decision-making process, so you make the right choice going forward.

Interested in job search help from Houston, TX headhunters?

Connect with the team at Murray Resources. If you’re not getting the offers you want, we can work with you to learn about your background, career goals, and skill set, all so we can connect you with rewarding jobs that are a great fit for you. Contact our Houston, TX headhunters today to learn more or get started.

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Best Staffing Agencies in Houston Texas

April 26th, 2018

Murray Resources is proud to consistently be named one of the best staffing agencies in Houston, Texas.

Below are just a few of the recent awards and recognition the company has received. You can view additional awards here and read recent press here.

Are you ready to hire for your organization? We’d love to hear from you! Please call us at 713.935.0009 or contact us here.

  • Named #1 Best Place to Work – Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)
  • Houston’s Fast 100 – Fastest Growing Private Companies in Houston (HBJ)
  • 4x Inc. 500 / 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S.
  • Top 5 Largest Direct Hire Firm – Houston Business Journal (HBJ)
  • HBJ Top 15 Largest Temporary Placement Firms
  • Houston Cougar 100 – fastest-growing companies in the world, owned or operated by University of Houston alumni.
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Silver Award Winner
  • Economic Development Star Award – for contributions to the growth and vitality of West Houston
  • Marsha Murray – ‘Who’s Who in Energy’ – Houston Business Journal (HBJ)
  • #1 Fastest Growing Woman-Owned Business in the Personnel Industry Category – (HBJ)

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What to Look for When Hiring Houston Temps

April 24th, 2018

Your seasonal hiring program is likely well underway. With a big increase in demand about to hit, you need Houston temps with the skills and flexibility to get orders out the door, take on new projects and manage a wide variety of customer needs. But whatever you do, don’t hire in a hurry. If you do, you could wind up bringing people on board who don’t meet your needs or worse yet, make big mistakes, impacting your company bottom line.

Instead, when you’re hiring for seasonal work, make sure you invest the time and effort during the hiring process to source and recruit high-quality employees. To do so, be on the lookout for the following key traits:

Dependability.

You need Houston temps who are going to show up on time and get the job done. If they can’t meet that basic qualification, then it’s going to cause headaches and hassles for you down the line. So if a candidate walks into an interview five minutes late, then cross them off the list. This is a good indication of what’s to come if they get hired.

Flexibility.

Another important trait to look out for when hiring seasonal workers is flexibility. You might need those who can work nights, weekends and day time shifts. Whatever the case for you, it’s important that you communicate those expectations during the hiring process so candidates are fully aware of them. Let them know too if they could possibly be called in on short notice, or if they have to work summer holidays. When you find those people who are willing to be flexible and offer you plenty of availability, it will make your life easier during the season ahead.

A good attitude.

Nothing sucks the energy out of the workplace quite like a bad attitude. So look for those people who are enthusiastic and seem like a positive asset to the team. If a particular candidate comes across as bored or disinterested during the hiring process, expect them to bring that same attitude onto the job.

Strong communication skills.

You need people who will come to you with questions and concerns, and also bring up issues as they arise. Likewise, they need to be able to get up to speed quickly and become a productive part of the team. This all requires good communication skills. A good indication that a candidates has them is one who asks a lot of questions and presents themselves as articulate and conscientious.

The right personality for the job.

It’s also important to take into account cultural fit when hiring. When you hire temporary workers who mesh well with the rest of your team, it’s going to have a more positive impact on your company overall. For instance, if you need someone who’s an extrovert and loves talking to customers, the candidate who comes across as shy and quiet likely won’t be the best fit for you.

While this is a busy period of the year, it’s important to take the time you need to invest in hiring the right Houston temps. When you do, you’ll gain more flexibility, get more done, and make customers happier.

Don’t have the time or resources to invest in temporary hiring this season?

The team at Murray Resources can help. We are experts at hiring Houston temps and can give you fast access to a network of talented temporary workers for a wide variety of positions. Simply contact us today to learn more or get started.

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5 Common Mistakes Job Seekers Make That Scare Employers

April 17th, 2018

Spring is here and a great time for new beginnings. For many professionals, that means starting up a job search. But, as top headhunters in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows if you’re making certain mistakes during the process, you could actually be scaring off employers. What are they – and how can you avoid them? Here’s a look:

#1: Sending in a boilerplate resume.

Resume writing is tedious task. However, your resume is your ticket into the interview process. So it’s vitally important you submit one that’s polished and professional. If, however, yours sounds like you copied and pasted from the Internet, you won’t stand out or get a call for an interview.

What to do: To avoid this, make sure you read through the job posting and tailor your resume so it highlights your most relevant skills and experiences.

#2: Submitting a long resume.

As leading headhunters in Houston, TX, we know when a hiring manager gets a resume, they spend a few seconds looking it over. If yours is long-winded and hard to follow, you’re sabotaging your job search efforts. Keep in mind, your resume should offer a snapshot of your career, abilities and track record. It doesn’t need to delve into every detail of your background.

What to do: Keep it short and simple when writing your resume. Focus on using clear and concise language, bullet points, and bold-faced fonts to call out your job titles and past employers. Make your resume easy-to-scan with the pertinent information first.

#3: Showing up late to an interview.

The interview is the first in-person impression a hiring manager will have of you. If you show up late, you’re starting the process with points against you.

What to do: Know how to get to the interview location ahead of time and give yourself plenty of drive time in case of an accident, construction or heavy traffic. If you’re unfamiliar with the location, you might even want to take a test drive there before the day of your interview.

#4: Not being prepared.

If you get to the interview and it’s clear you don’t really know anything about the company, then the hiring manager will see it as a lack of enthusiasm or interest in the job. Noy asking questions can also make you seem unprepared.

What to do: Do your homework ahead of time and learn all you can about the company, their hiring needs, the people they serve and the solutions they offer. You’ll not only be able to answer questions more intelligently, but you’ll feel more confident walking into the interview.

#5: Offering vague interview answers.

The interview is your opportunity to show employers the value you can offer and why you’d be a good fit for their team. But if you offer answers that are lacking in detail or inconsistent with your resume, it’s a red flag for hiring managers.

What to do: Read through some common interview questions and think about how’d you answer them. Also, come up with a list of your accomplishments you think would most interest the hiring manager and be prepared to weave those into your interview answers.

If you’re making any of these mistakes, now’s the time to correct course, so you can put your best foot forward. If you need help with the process, call the experts at Murray Resources. As top headhunters in Houston, TX, 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. Contact us today to learn more.

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Tips from Houston Accounting Recruiters: How to Juice Up Your Job Descriptions

April 10th, 2018

Lost your best accountant? Have more work than you can handle? Existing staff members taking on too much? It’s time to hire. But, as leading accounting recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows when it comes to adding to your accounting team, it can be tough to find the professionals with the right mix of technical and soft skills. Where do you begin? It all starts with a strong job description.

A solid job description can go a long way in:

  • Offering candidates key insight into what the position entails.
  • Impacting the quality of candidates that come your way by weeding out unqualified ones.
  • Enabling the hiring team to more effectively review resumes and conduct interviews.
  • Providing benchmarks for performance once a new employee is hired.

All these add up to better hiring decisions and fewer costly mistakes. To help you take advantage of all that effective job openings can offer, here are some tips to put to use:

Start from scratch.

Many times, hiring managers reuse job descriptions or compile new ones by copying and pasting from others. But this can get confusing. It’s always best to start from scratch. This is especially true as accounting laws and the duties and requirements at your company change rapidly. Keep in mind, you’re not trying to just fill an empty seat, but find a valuable asset. And your job description is the first step toward getting there.

Cover the essentials.

Your job description should have a few key essentials. These include the job title, a brief summary of the job and its responsibilities, required skills and key qualifications, and desired traits you’d like to see. In addition, it should include information about salary and benefits, the location, and company and recruiter contact information.

Put yourself in the shoes of the candidate.

Too many times, companies focus solely on their needs when hiring. However, beyond the details above, it’s important to showcase to candidates what you can offer as an employer. In other words, answer this question: Why should they want to work for you? Talk about what makes your company innovative or unique and what they can expect if hired. Also, think about other basic questions most job candidates would have and try to answer them through your job posting.

Keep it simple.

Don’t let your job description turn into a long read. It should be focused and simple. When it starts getting too verbose and complicated, you’re going to lose the interest of your target audience: high-quality accounting candidates. Keep in mind, it doesn’t need to include every detail of the job or about the company. You’re trying to give candidates a high-level overview of your needs, all so they can gain a sense of whether the opportunity might be right for them.

Need more help sourcing and recruiting high-quality accounting talent for your team?

Call in Houston’s accounting recruiting experts at Murray Resources. We can provide your business with game-changing talent that can drive bottom line results. From CFOs to staff accountants, we have the knowledge and experience to source the finest candidates for both full-time and contract job openings. Contact us today to learn more.

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Applying for a New Job? Don’t Let These Resume Spelling & Grammar Mistakes Sabotage You

April 3rd, 2018

As one of Houston’s top employment agencies, Murray Resources knows that your resume is the first impression a hiring manager will have of you. Submit a polished and professional one, and you’ll increase your odds of getting a call for an interview. If, however, your resume is full of spelling and grammar mistakes, you’ll likely get pushed out of the running, even if you have the right experience.

To help ensure that doesn’t happen to you, here’s a look at a few common mistakes candidates make when it comes to spelling and grammar, and how to avoid them:

The wrong word choice.

Called homophones, these words – like “to”, “two” and “too”, and “there,” “they’re” and “their” – sound the same but completely change the meaning of what you’re trying to say. What makes it even harder is that most auto spelling and grammar checks in software programs can miss these words. That’s why it’s so important to carefully proofread your resume multiple time before sending it in to a potential employer.

Some other homophones to be careful of on your resume include:

  • Affected / effected
  • Insure / ensure
  • Than / then
  • Are / our
  • You’re / your

Misusing apostrophes.

The apostrophe is one of the most misused punctuation marks in the English language, with many job seekers mistakenly using the mark whenever they make a word plural. But apostrophes are only for indicating possession or creating a conjunction. For instance, consider the following usage:

Correct: “Authored business plan and initiated company’s new product line.”
Incorrect: “Managed 10 employee’s.”

Using only the past tense.

As one of Houston’s top employment agencies, Murray Resources knows that tense is another important consideration when it comes to proper grammar on your resume. When you’re talking about past positions you held, then the past tense (“worked,” “spearheaded,” etc.) is the correct tense to use. However, when discussing the current job you hold, switch to present tense to indicate that you’re still employed. Using only the past tense to describe your background will leave hiring managers confused.

Typos.

Sending in a resume with a small typo on it isn’t going to be the end of the world. But if there are several, then it’s going to reflect poorly on you. Instead, invest the time to carefully spell check your resume; even better, ask a trusted family member or friend to do the same. That way, you can cut town considerably on the risk of submitting a resume with embarrassing typos and spelling errors.

Need more help creating a resume that gets results or with your job search in general?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As one of Houston’s top employment agencies, we can help you craft a polished resume, prepare for interviews and connect you with leading jobs often not advertised – all so you can secure the opportunity you want. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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Things To Do In Houston With Kids

March 30th, 2018

Houston is not only Murray Resources’ home base, it’s also host to one of the fastest-growing and most diverse populations in the world. Thousands of people from all over the globe relocate to Houston every year – many of them young families with children. We thought we would put together a list of fun things to do with the little ones.

Whether you’re visiting Houston with your children or relocating for good, the following activities will keep your little ones entertained.

1) Houston Zoo
http://www.houstonzoo.org/ 
• Address: 6200 Hermann Park Drive; Houston, TX 77030
• The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.
• Over 6000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education

2) Children’s Museum of Houston
https://www.cmhouston.org/
• Address: 1500 Binz; Houston, TX 77004
• A Playground for Your Mind!
• The Children’s Museum of Houston is packed with 90,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.

3) Sugar Land Skeeters
https://www.sugarlandskeeters.com/
• Address: 1 Stadium Drive; Sugar Land, TX 77498
• Since 2012, the Sugar Land Skeeters have provided affordable, family-fun entertainment at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.
• Nine innings of baseball just got a lot more fun.

4) Brazos Bend State Park
http://www.brazosbend.org/
• Address: 21901 FM 762 Road; Needville , TX , 77461
• Brazos Bend State Park, a 5,000-acre gem on the Upper Texas Coast, is just 40 miles from downtown Houston and offers a wide variety of activities for every age: biking, fishing, hiking, birding, camping, star-gazing, and opportunities to learn about Texas’ bountiful natural history via free programs and guided hikes.
• The park’s scenic terrain has been carved gently over time by the vigorous Brazos River, which marks its eastern boundary.

5) The Houston Museum of Natural Science
http://press.hmns.org/index.php
• Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, Texas 77030; Houston, TX 77030
• A stinky flower is one of the most popular exhibits at the museum.
• Don’t miss the paleontology exhibit’s main attraction: Tyrannosaurus rex

6) Ice Skate at the Galleria
http://www.iceatthegalleria.com/
• Address: 5015 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 1260; Houston, TX 77056
• It may seem a little odd to go ice skating in the middle of a shopping mall, but it’s a 30-year-old tradition at Houston’s Galleria.
• If the kids discover that they just don’t have the gift for ice skating, there are plenty of toy stores and ice cream shops nearby to keep them happy.

7) Cockrell Butterfly Center
http://www.hmns.org/cockrell-butterfly-center/
• Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr.; Houston, Texas 77030
• In the Chrysalis Corner, kids can watch butterflies emerge, completing their amazing transformation from caterpillar to flying beauty.
• Hardcore bug lovers will want to see the hissing cockroaches and whip scorpions.

8) Space Center Houston
https://spacecenter.org/
• Address: 1601 NASA Parkway; Houston, TX 77058
• Figures in space suits, encased in glass tubes, stare down at you from around the room.
• The Feel of Space presentation gives kids a sense of what it’s like to live and work in space.

9) Discovery Green
http://www.discoverygreen.com/
• Address: 1500 McKinney Street in Downtown Houston
• Discovery Green is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., though times may vary for special events.
• Discovery Green features numerous recreational activities, including a one-acre lake, dog runs, playgrounds, interactive water features, restaurants, wi-fi capability (at the HPL Express, operated by the Houston Public Library), artwork, an amphitheater and more.

10) Downtown Aquarium
http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumhouston/
• Address: 410 Bagby St @ Memorial Dr.; Houston, TX 77002
• In addition to a 500,000 gallon aquarium, the Downtown Aquarium entertainment complex has a Ferris wheel, carnival-style games, a restaurant and white tigers.

11) Menil Collection
http://www.menil.org/
• Address: 1515 Sul-Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
• Works by Warhol and Matisse are available and the Byzatine Icons exhibit is considered one of the most important of its kind.
• The founders of the Menil Collection are John de Menil and Dominique Schlumberger de Menil who moved to the United States during World War II and made their home in Houston.

12) Hermann Park
http://www.hermannpark.org/
• Hermann Dr at Fannin; Houston, TX 77030
• This conservancy is a citizen’s organization dedicated to the conservation of the community’s natural environment.
• It features 445 acres to run, jump, and play on, along with walking trails, fishing, a railroad train and pedal boats.

13) Houston Family Arts Center
www.houstonfac.com
• 10760 Grant Rd; Houston, TX 77077
• Known as an intimate setting for all ages, the theatre is a great place to see a diverse selection of performing arts
• They have produced legendary musicals, dramas and comedies on the main stage, including Godspell, Driving Miss Daisy, and Midsummer Night’s Dream.

14) Splashway Waterpark
http://www.splashwaywaterpark.com/
• Address: 5211 Main Street; Sheridan, TX 77475
• Splashway is a family water park and campground in Sheridan, Texas. We are located on US Highway 90-A, 20 minutes south of Interstate 10, between San Antonio and Houston, one hour west of Katy and Sugar Land, and a little over an hour and a half south of Austin
• Relax under a private cabana and bring your picnic in the waterpark, your own meats to grill, or satisfy the family with juicy burgers, grande nachos, funnel cakes, and Dippin’ Dots ice cream from our cafes.

 

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Sources:
http://houston.kidsoutandabout.com/
https://www.tripsavvy.com/visiting-houston-with-kids-1656950
www.10best.com/destinations/texas/houston/attractions/things-to-do-with-kids/

 

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How to Make the Case for Your Company in the Interview

March 27th, 2018

In an interview, you expect candidates to sell themselves and why you should hire them. But you too have some persuading to do. In fact, as experienced Houston headhunters, Murray Resources knows that top talent has their pick of job offers and if you don’t make a solid case about what sets your organization apart from the competition, they could accept offers from other companies. To help ensure that doesn’t happen to you, here are 3 tips to follow:

Know the job.

If you don’t know the ins and outs of the particular position you’re hiring for, learn as much as you can about them. This way, you can talk authentically about the benefits and pitfalls that a candidate might face if hired, so they can get a clear picture of the opportunity. Not only that, but truly look objectively at the position. If you were looking for a similar job, would it be something that interests you? If not, then the best candidates aren’t going to want to accept it either. Think through how you can make it more attractive so you can recruit the quality people you need.

Know your brand.

Companies tend to talk about their brand with new hires, but not as much with candidates. But your brand is a big part of what sets you apart from other employers; it’s what differentiates you from everyone else. So, as you’re talking with candidates, weave in important points about your company, how it’s unique, and what your existing team likes most about working there. And don’t rely on clichés, like how you’re really one big family. The best candidates will see through this. Instead, dig deeper and offer them information about the experienced executive team, the kinds of innovative people they’d be working with, and how the company deals with issues, like market challenges.

Know what candidates want.

As Houston headhunters, we know that every candidate is different and motivated by varying factors. That said, there are a few that top everyone’s lists. For instance, talk about scheduling flexibility and telecommuting if you offer it to employees. Also discuss compensation and salary, as well as any perks that employees especially enjoy. Other areas to consider include your internal promotion policy, mentoring and continuing education opportunities, and your recognition and rewards program. These will help candidates get a bigger picture sense of what you can offer them and their careers, all so you can attract and hire the best people.

Interested in more recruiting and hiring help from Houston’s top headhunters?

Turn to the experts at Murray Resources. As Houston headhunters, our biggest priority is delivering exceptional job candidates to local companies just like yours. We make the sourcing, screening, interviewing, and evaluating process easier, so you can hire right, the first time. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your team.

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Tips for Acing Your Interview for a Houston Temp Job

March 20th, 2018

When it comes to temp jobs in Houston, the interview process is just as important as if it were a full-time position. Recruiters, hiring managers and employers still want to know that you’ve got what it takes to perform well on the assignment and meet their needs, even if it just is for a short period. But if this is your first time interviewing for such a role, it can be difficult to know what to expect. To help you make a positive impression, here are 4 quick tips to keep in mind:

Tip #1: Research the company.

Whether the first step of the process is interviewing with a temp agency or directly with the company’s hiring manager, it’s important to show that you’re well prepared. To do this, research the company that’s hiring ahead of time. You’ll have a better understanding of what they do, who they serve and how you can contribute as a part of their team. You’ll therefore be able to answer questions more intelligently, tying your background and skill set to their needs.

Tip #2: Look the part.

Just because you’re interviewing for temp jobs in Houston doesn’t mean that you can dress down for an interview. Even if you have an interview first with a recruiter, they are looking at you as a potential ambassador for their agency. So if you don’t walk in and make a professional impression, then you’re not going to get sent along to the hiring company for an interview. That means no jeans and sneakers, and no gum. Also, aim for business casual at the minimum with the attire you do wear.

Tip #3: Be prepared for the interview.

In addition to researching the company, go to the interview prepared with copies of your resume, as well as pen and notepad for writing down any important instructions the recruiter or hiring manager might have for you. Also, make sure you follow directions and bring along any other documentation you were asked to, such as your driver’s license or a list of references. Finally, be ready to answer questions about your background and experience. Some common ones you might get asked include: “What interests you most about this assignment?” and “Why do you think you’d be a good fit?”

Tip #4: Think through scheduling.

During your first interview, the recruiter and hiring manager will likely ask about your availability and the hours you can work. Be ready with an answer and be honest if you have any restrictions, such as that you can’t work nights and weekends. Also, know when you can start and if have any other engagements or commitments, such as vacations, that could impact your schedule during the assignment.

Interested in learning more about temp jobs in Houston – and how you can land one?

Connect with the recruiters at Murray Resources. We’ll take the time to learn about your background, skills and career aspirations, all so we can connect you with temp jobs in Houston that are the right fit for you. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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4 Attributes to Look for in Sales Candidates

March 13th, 2018

As leading sales recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows that not all salespeople are created equal. When you’re looking to add to your sales team, it’s up to you to find those who have the skills and track record you need to boost bottom line results. But that can be tough when you’re interviewing professionals who are trained at the art of persuasion. How can you get behind the candidate mask and spot those attributes you need in your next salesperson? Here are some top qualities to look for:

Listening skills.

If you’re interviewing a sales candidate and they’re all talk – and literally don’t stop talking – be wary. After all, how can they possible learn about your customers’ needs and pain points without asking good questions and truly listening to responses? Top professionals have a few traits in common; one of them includes the ability to listen.

Motivation.

A salesperson isn’t going to be able to meet their quotas or drive sales if they’re not self-motivated. That’s why it’s important to look for this trait and ask candidates about how they stay motivated in the face of regular rejection and difficult times. Also, find out where each candidate’s strengths lie. For instance, some are strong closers, while others are all about building long-term relationships. But you want to find the sales candidates who are driven by factors that align well with your position.

Curiosity.

As Houston sales recruiters, we know that people who are great at sales are naturally curious and want to learn all they can. It’s therefore important to ask those candidates you’re considering hiring how they prepare for meetings, what they do to learn about each customer, and how they go about assessing the competition. Once you know the answers to these questions, you’ll have a clearer sense of how intellectually curious each candidate is.

Passion.

Another important attribute to any successful salesperson is passion. If they’re not excited about what they’re selling, how can they possible expect a customer or prospect to get on board? It’s therefore vital to learn about what drives each candidate you’re interviewing, what makes them good at what they do, and why they chose a career in sales. This will give you more insight into whether you have a mediocre candidate on your hands, or someone who truly loves their job.

Need more help recruiting and hiring salespeople for your team?

Turn to Houston’s sales recruiters at Murray Resources. We can help your company locate top sales talent across a broad range of industries and job levels. In fact, we’ve helped many of Houston’s leading companies build their sales force. Contact us today to learn more or get st.

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7 Job Search Tips that Will Help You Get Hired Faster

March 6th, 2018

Looking for a new job? As leading Houston headhunters, Murray Resources knows that when it comes to your search, there are many steps you can take to speed up the process of getting hired. To help you along the way, here are 7 quick tips to keep in mind:

Tip #1: Set up alerts on the major job boards.

Whether through text or email, you can use keywords and job titles to get job alerts to positions that were most recently posted. This can help you get your application in the door faster to opportunities that are a good fit for you.

Tip #2: Only apply to jobs that are right for you.

Don’t take the quantity over quality approach to your job search. If you do, you’ll simply end up wasting time and prolonging your search. Instead, invest your effort into applying to only those positions that you are truly well-suited for.

Tip #3: Don’t take a break.

Job searches can be stressful. But even if you’re tempted, don’t take a break. You never know when that ideal opportunity could come along and you want to be first in line to apply to it when it does.

Tip #4: Customize your resume.

You should have one main resume that gets tailored to every position you’re applying for. While this will take more time upfront, you’ll actually wind up shortening your search by sending in resumes that are more targeted and therefore make a better impression on hiring managers.

Tip #5: Commit to regular networking.

It’s true that many jobs are filled through word of mouth. That’s why networking, whether online or in person, can have such a big impact on your job search efforts. So commit to a number of hours each week where you plan to attend an industry conference, business seminar, or local happy hour sponsored by the chamber of commerce. You never know who you’ll meet and where the opportunity will take you.

Tip #6: Have references lined up.

As leading Houston headhunters, we know one thing that could slow down your job search process involves references. While you don’t have any control over how long it takes on the employer’s end, you can speed things up by having a list of qualified references ready to go when the hiring manager asks for them. Don’t wait to be asked, then spend the next few days reaching out to potential references.

Tip #7: Know yourself.

It’s important to not only know what you’re looking for in a potential employer and job opportunity, but also what sets you apart as a candidate. This will help to keep your search more focused and also enable you to more persuasively talk about your skills and abilities.

Want more tips on getting hired faster?

Call the Houston headhunters at Murray Resources. We can become your go-to partner in your job search success, whether you need help with your resume and interviews or connecting with great-fit opportunities in a broad range of industries. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

 

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Interview Questions to Evaluate a Candidate’s Skill Set

February 27th, 2018

As a leading staffing agency in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that in the recent past, there’s been a big focus on evaluating soft skills during the interview process. While that’s important, don’t also lose sight of assessing each candidate’s technical skills too. They can have a personality that meshes perfectly with your culture; but if they can’t do the job, then they’re not much use to you. That’s why it’s critically important to ask the right questions during the interview.

Before you create a list of questions, though, identify the specific skills each candidate should have. Also, think through the gamut of answers that would make the most sense for each question. To help you in the process, here are a few questions to consider:

  • Describe the most recent project you worked on. What were your responsibilities with it?
  • Describe the project you are most proud of. Why?
  • Do you hold any technical certifications?
  • How do you maintain your technical knowledge and skills?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses in terms of your abilities?
  • What kinds of challenges do you think you’d encounter in this position?
  • Tell me about the most difficult technical challenge you’ve encountered and how you resolved it.
  • What technology is most important to you in your everyday work life?
  • Have you ever been asked to do something you didn’t know how to do? What was your response?

When you’re asking these questions, it’s not only important to assess the answers, but also be on the lookout for certain red flags. For instance, if answers are vague or not clear, dig deeper and ask follow up questions. If the candidate still struggles to answer the question, it could be due to a lack of technical expertise.

Likewise, look for those candidates who are flexible and willing to learn from their successes and failures. As a leading staffing agency in Houston, TX, we know you don’t want those people who think they’re always right and rigid about how they approach every project. Those who are will be far less likely to collaborate well with your existing team.

Finally, during the interview process, evaluate not just what the candidate says in their answers, but how they say it. For instance, do they seem bored and tired, or full of energy, enthusiasm and passion for their field? If it’s the latter, you’re far more likely to hire a candidate who will become a committed team player.

Need more help interviewing and hiring top technical candidates?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As a leading staffing agency in Houston, TX, we can get to work sourcing, screening and vetting high-quality candidates, all while you focus on other business priorities. Contact us today to learn more.

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How to Decline a Job Offer with Grace

February 20th, 2018

As top headhunters in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that when you’re looking for a new job, it’s thrilling to get an offer. However, sometimes it can be tough when it’s not really the job you wanted. So how do you go about turning it down, without burning any bridges in the process? Here are a few tips to consider:

Call them up.

You might be tempted to send a quick email or text when you want to turn down an offer. After all, it’s an uncomfortable situation. However, picking up the phone and making the call is the professional thing to do. The hiring manager will appreciate your response and you’ll be able to soften the blow a little easier on the phone.

Be grateful.

Even if you don’t want the job, it’s still important to show your appreciation and be grateful for the opportunity. After all, the hiring manager likely spent a lot of time on you, reviewing your resume, conducting a phone screen and interview, and checking your credentials. So offering a sincere and heartfelt thank you will go a long way in easing a stressful situation like this.

Make your reason clear and simple.

You don’t need to go into great detail about why you’re turning down this job offer over another. Simply explain that you’re declining the position and if it’s relevant, that you’re accepting a job elsewhere. You can simply say something like:

“After thinking about this position, I don’t think it’s the best fit for me at this current time” or “This is such a great opportunity, but after careful consideration, I’ve decided to go with another company’s offer.”

Stay in touch.

You never know what could happen down the line. You could re-launch a job search in the next year or two. Or the hiring manager could land at a different company where you two cross paths again. That’s why it’s always a good idea to stay in touch and ask if it’s ok to connect on LinkedIn.

Need more help with your job search?

Contact the professional team of Houston headhunters at Murray Resources. Organizations all over the city rely on our expertise to source and retain top talent for hard-to-fill, key positions across a broad range of business disciplines. Contact us today to find out more.

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Engineering Recruiter Tips: How to Always Be Recruiting

February 13th, 2018

As leading engineering recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows that if your company is like most, you’re always on the lookout for good talent. However, sometimes they can be hard to find due to a variety of factors. One of the biggest is when you recruit. Waiting until you have to fill an open seat can result in a hasty hiring decision. In reality, you should always be recruiting, especially if you want to find the best candidates in today’s tight engineering marketplace. To help you, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Position your company as a thought leader.

There are a variety of ways in which you can do this. For instance, you can go to industry forums and websites and answer questions there. You can also create a blog and promote it on various social media sites. Or you can submit articles on hot topics and trends to industry publications.

Give guest talks.

Whether it’s at a local college, with an industry group, or to a more general business group, getting involved in speaking engagements is a good way to raise your company’s profile and attract better engineering talent. While you might not think you have the time to get involved in this circuit, you can use the same talk – albeit tweaked – for different engagements. But as engineering recruiters in Houston, we know it’s a good way for people, as well as potential candidates to connect your company with a face, earning it credibility in the process.

Create an employee referral program.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to find and hire new engineers is through employee referrals. So if you don’t already have a referral program, then now’s the time to start one. When you do, not only will you have access to a regular stream of pre-qualified talent, but by rewarding employees who offer referrals you also have a powerful retention tool.

Develop an effective website.

No doubt when engineers are interested in working for your Houston company, one of the first places they will look is your website. That’s why it’s so important to ensure you have a Careers section that does more than simply highlight job openings. It should also showcase makes your company a unique and innovative place to work. Beyond that, you can also include employee videos and guest blog posts about your company’s culture, exciting initiatives, and new projects you’re working on.

Need more help recruiting engineers to your Houston team?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As engineering recruiters in Houston, we know where to look to find world-class engineering talent, all while you focus on other business priorities. To learn more about how we can help you recruiter smarter, contact us today.

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How Often Should You Update Your LinkedIn Profile?

February 6th, 2018

In today’s world, you know you need a LinkedIn profile to put your best professional foot forward. But do you also know how often you should update it? In other words, should you be polishing it every day, every month or just once a year?

The answer is: all of the above. As one of Houston’s top employment agencies, Murray Resources knows that if you want the strongest, most compelling LinkedIn profile possible, you should really update it on a regular basis. Don’t leave this all-important task until you’re just about to launch a job search. Instead, when you consistently keep it updated, your profile will be more detailed and persuasive, making a stronger impact on recruiters and hiring managers.

So check in on your LinkedIn profile on a regular basis and plan to spend about 20 minutes reviewing and enhancing it. This can be tough with a busy schedule. To make sure you actually do it, schedule this task into your routine. Whether you decide to do it weekly or monthly is up to you. Just commit to making ongoing changes so you can ensure your LinkedIn profile is as current as possible, as well as easier to find by recruiters and hiring managers.

Some other tips to help your LinkedIn profile get noticed:

  • Post a headshot that’s polished and professional. It doesn’t have to be from a pricey photographer; it can simply be a shot you take at home.
  • Rework your headline. This is one of the first elements of your LinkedIn profile that recruiters will see. So you want to ensure it’s compelling and also clearly explains what you do.
  • Focus on accomplishments and your successful track record. Just as you would on your resume, focus on what you’ve produced in the way of results for past employers. Don’t simply talk about tasks and responsibilities.
  • Customize your LinkedIn profile. So rather than it being Courtneycampbell12349, it’s simply CourtneyCampbell or something similar.
  • Ask for recommendations. Another area recruiters will take a look at is your recommendations. So reach out to those in your network who could provide you with positive ones and ask if they’d be willing to recommend you.

Need more help getting noticed by recruiters and hiring managers?
Call the experts at Murray Resources. As one of Houston’s top employment agencies, we can connect you to top employers and rewarding jobs in a variety of fields. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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10 Staffing Industry Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

February 1st, 2018

The staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry is bigger, more sophisticated, and probably more varied than most people realize. In fact, it provides career opportunities to almost 15 million employees per year. The team at Murray Resources – Houston’s top recruiting firm – has put together a list of ten staffing industry facts that most people don’t know.

1. Staffing Agencies Have Been Around a Long Time
The modern birth of the staffing industry dates back to the 1940’s, when many employees’ positions were vacated after they left to join the military during WWII. The extreme lack of talent and increase of open positions created a need for the first-ever staffing agencies. The industry continued to grow – and those who were around in the 1960’s will remember the iconic “Kelly Girl” ads. The industry has evolved dramatically since then and is no longer limited to administrative, temporary work. Today there are staffing firms specializing in virtually every industry, placing workers in a wide variety of highly-skilled positions.

2. The Staffing Industry is Larger than Most People Realize, Yet it’s Highly-Fragmented.
Staffing is a $174B industry – and one of the fastest-growing industries in B2B services. There are over 20,000 staffing and recruiting companies in the U.S., operating over 39,000 offices combined. However, most of them are generating under $10M in annual revenue, with approximately 100 companies surpassing over $100M. There are approximately 15 publicly traded U.S. staffing companies.

3. Their Popularity Continues to Grow
The change from the nine-to-five, permanent workforce to the flexible, on-demand workforce we’ve seen in recent years has resulted in massive growth of the staffing industry. With the rise of the contingent workforce, there are now more agencies placing more workers for more companies than ever before—and the numbers are only expected to increase.

4. They Go by a Wide Variety of Names
Ever wonder what differentiates a staffing agency from a headhunter? What differentiates a recruitment firm from an employment agency? Not much! For all intents and purposes, these terms are virtually synonymous. Though they can go by many different names, and this can be confusing to those unfamiliar with the industry, they all fulfill the same basic function. They all place job candidates for client companies for a fee.

5. Workers Hired through Staffing Agencies Are Typically Highly-skilled and Experienced
Job seekers who work with staffing companies don’t do so because they aren’t qualified and can’t find real jobs on their own. They do so for a myriad of reasons, such as the increased flexibility, the better connections, the negotiation assistance, the opportunity to work in different fields and for different companies, and/or the high pay. Most staffing agencies have wide networks filled with talented individuals who are skilled and highly-experienced.

6. Staffing is part of a bigger cultural shift in the way we work.
The days of long-term, salaried, full-time jobs are over for a growing number of Americans – and temporary and contract work is here to stay. An often-cited Intuit report predicts that contingent workers (such as freelancers, temporary employees, contract workers, or consultants) will make up an astounding 40% of the workforce by 2020. Both because of economic shifts and personal choice, workers are moving more towards temporary employment arrangements.

7. Staffing helps candidates get permanent jobs.
Part of the reason staffing gets a bad rap is its temporary nature. But many candidates use the experience and connections gained in temp jobs to gain permanent gigs – the American Staffing Association reports that nine out of 10 staffing employees felt their temporary jobs made them more employable, and a third of individuals were offered permanent jobs on their assignments.

8. When unemployment is low, more employers turn to staffing.
68% of HR professionals said they’ve had difficulty recruiting for full-time regular positions in the last 12 months, while only 50% reported this trouble in 2013, according to a recent SHRM report. The biggest challenges they face include a low number of applicants, lack of experience among applicants, and competition from other employers. In addition to devoting more time and resources to recruiting, finding creative new ways to recruit, and increasing training budgets, more HR departments are turning to temporary staffing agencies as a means to find qualified employees.

9. Staffing companies serve almost every industry.
The American Staffing Association data on candidate industry placement:
• 37% Industrial
• 28% Office–Clerical and Administrative
• 13% Professional–Managerial
• 13% Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific
• 9% Health Care

10. The Staffing Industry Has Room to Grow
While staffing industry growth has outpaced overall economic and employment growth, it employs only 2% of the U.S. nonfarm workforce.

 

Sources: American Staffing Association, Link Franchising, Staff Edge, Smith Staffing

 

 

 

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2018 Houston Oil and Gas / Energy Conference Calendar

January 18th, 2018

As the oil and gas capital of the U.S., Houston is home to some of the largest energy conferences in the world. Below is a conference calendar for Houston energy professionals looking to network in the industry. To suggest a conference for this list, please email info@murrayresources.com

(Last updated January 2018. Dates and locations subject to change – please verify)

Private Capital Conference

January 25, 2018

JW Marriott Houston Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

http://www.ipaa.org/events/private-capital-conference-2018/

 

Oil & Gas Overview Course

February 5, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX

http://www.ipaa.org/events/oil-gas-overview-course-february-2018/

 

State of the Industry – Houston 2018

February 6, 2018

Petroleum Club of Houston, 1201 Louisiana Street, 35th Floor, Houston, TX

http://louisianaoilandgas.memberzone.com/events/details/state-of-the-industry-houston-2018-105

 

NAPE Summit Week 2018

February 5-9, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

http://napeexpo.com/summit?/shows/about-the-show/summit

 

NAPE Summit 2018

February 7-9, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX

http://www.ipaa.org/events/nape-summit-2018/

 

Rice Global E&C Forum Roundtable

February 9, 2018

Grand Hall Rice University Ley Student Center (Parking details at www.forum.rice.ed)

http://www.forum.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Flyer-Roundtable-1802092.pdf

 

17th Annual Liquefied Natural Gas Conference

February 12-13, 2018

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston, TX

https://www.platts.com/events/americas/liquefied-natural-gas/index

 

Leaders in Industry Luncheon

February 14, 2018

Petroleum Club of Houston, Total Building, 35th Floor, 1201 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX

http://www.ipaa.org/events/leaders-industry-luncheon-february-2018/

 

CERAWeek

March 5-9, 2018

Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, Texas

https://ceraweek.com/

 

AADE 2018 National Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition

April 10-11, 2018

Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Dr, Houston, TX

http://www.aade.org/2018-fluids-technical-conference-and-exhibition/

 

7th Annual North American Crude Oil Summit and Inaugural Mexican Refined Products Seminar

April 11-12, 2018

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston, TX

https://www.platts.com/events/americas/north-american-crude-oil/index

 

2018 Machine Learning in Oil & Gas Conference

April 18 – 19, 2018

Hyatt Regency Galleria, Houston, TX

https://www.machinelearning-oilandgas.com/

 

Offshore Technology Conference 2018

April 30-May 3, 2018

NRG Park, Houston TX

http://2018.otcnet.org/

 

2018 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

May 9-10, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

http://www.esri.com/events/petroleum-energy

 

22nd International Petroleum Data Integration, Information and Management Conference

May 22-24, 2018

Marriott Houston Westchase, Houston, TX

http://www.pnecconferences.com/conference.html

 

Unconventional Resources Technology Conference

July 23-25, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

http://urtec.org/2018/

 

Pipeline Week

September 11-13, 2018

The Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 W Alabama St, Houston, TX

http://www.pipelineweek.com/index.html

 

2018 North America Assembly and Dinner

September 13, 2018

Marriott Marquis, Houston, TX

http://www.oilandgascouncil.com/conference/northam-oil-and-gas-assembly

 

Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia

September 18-20, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

https://tps.tamu.edu/

 

2018 Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference

October 30, 2018

Marriott Marquis Houston, Houston, USA

https://10times.com/deloitte-oil-gas-conference

 

16th Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy (WGLC)

November 2018

Hyatt Regency, Houston TX

http://www.wglconference.com/events/wglc-2018-houston/event-summary-a8d440539a9444928abb75e896d406e6.aspx

 

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4 Resume Mistakes That Will Get You Rejected

January 16th, 2018

When it comes to your job search, your resume is a mission-critical document. As leading job recruiters in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that’s how potential employers decide whether or not to bring you in for an interview. So you need to make the best impression possible with it. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for job seekers to make mistakes when crafting and submitting their resumes. To help you ensure you avoid them, here’s a look at 4 of them:

Mistake #1: It’s too long.

When it comes to your resume, don’t go longer than two pages.As job recruiters in Houston, TX, we know that anything more than that is not only unnecessary, but will make you come off as unprofessional. Hiring managers will wonder about your judgement, or think you have an exaggerated sense of your value as an employee. But when you keep it to two pages, you’ll have enough space to give a good overview of your background, without being too long-winded.

Mistake #2: It’s not customized.

If you’re sending in the same exact resume to every employer, hiring managers will notice. It’s going to seem boilerplate and generic. That’s why it’s important to customize your resume for each job you apply to. That way, you’ll make it easy for hiring managers to connect the dots about why your background and their opportunity are an ideal fit.

Mistake #3: There’s too much or too little information.

As job recruiters in Houston, TX, we know that writing a strong resume is often akin to striking the perfect balance. You want to include enough detail to ensure the hiring manager is clear on your strengths. At the same time, you don’t want to include so much that your resume becomes difficult to read. So look at your resume as your highlight reel. What strengths and accomplishments are most important to include? Focus on those, but don’t create a laundry list of your entire career.

Mistake #4: You’re extremely over-qualified or under-qualified for the job.

If you’re under-qualified for a job, the chances of getting a call for an interview are slim. However, if you’re over-qualified, and you explain in your cover letter why you’re applying to the job anyway, then there’s a good chance you could be in the running for the position. It’s when you have 15 years of experience and apply for a job that requires two years – without explanation – that hiring managers will wonder.

Does your resume need work? Do you need expert help with your job search?

Either way, call in the experts at Murray Resources. As job recruiters in Houston, TX, we can help you with all aspects of your job search, from resumes and cover letters to connecting you with top jobs throughout the city. Contact us today to learn more.

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Tips from Houston Recruiters for Improving Your Hiring Process in the New Year

January 9th, 2018

As leading recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows your hiring process is critical to business success. So if yours isn’t running smoothly, here are a few key areas to focus on:

Improve your job descriptions.

Your job description is the first thing potential new hires will see about your company. Make the best impression possible with a clear and concise posting. It should succinctly explain the position, and also why a candidate should want to work for your company. It doesn’t need to be long-winded or complicated; in fact, if it is, it will turn off top talent.

Make applying easy.

When your application process is complicated and cumbersome, candidates are going to want to give up. That’s why you need to make it easy. If you have an online application process, make sure that it’s simple to get through without too many steps. Or you can simply ask candidates to email you their resume and a cover letter.

Strengthen your interviewing process.

When you’re interviewing candidates, make sure you’re well prepared ahead of time. This means defining the questions you should be asking, outlining the flow of the conversation, and reviewing their resume ahead of time so their background is fresh in your mind.

Focus on the candidate.

Too many times, the hiring process focuses strictly on the company and their needs. But this can be a big turn-off for many top candidates. Instead, when you take a more balanced approach, your chances of bringing a great new hire on board increase significantly. So during the interview and hiring process, make sure you’re selling the opportunity to candidates.

Go into detail about the perks and benefits of working for the company, as well as any other unique offerings you have. Also, provide a positive experience throughout the process. That means always treating them with respect, answering their questions, and being responsive when they follow up.

Keep your expectations realistic.

Don’t draw a hard line when it comes to job requirements. If, for instance, you’re requiring 10 years of experience and a candidate has nine years, plus an incredible background, call them in for an interview. In many cases, potential great hires will come your way that don’t always fit the mold of what you were expecting. So keep an open mind when they do.

Build a strong employer brand.

One of the best ways to attract top talent is to build a strong employer brand. You can do this in any number of ways. For instance, make sure you have a strong social media presence and effective website. Another way is to promote your company and the work it does giving back to the local community. Whatever you do, the better your employer brand, the more top quality professionals will want to work for you.

Need more help with your hiring process in 2018?

Call Murray Resources. As leading recruiters in Houston, we can handle the work for you, while you focus on other business priorities. From sourcing and screening to skills testing and background checks, we can ensure you get top-quality candidates, where and when you need them. Contact us today to get started.

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How to Climb the Ladder in Your Career in 2018

January 2nd, 2018

Are you feeling stuck in your job? As leading Houston headhunters, Murray Resources knows that whether you’re interested in a promotion, or a new opportunity at a different company, you can’t sit idly by and wait for the right possibility to come along. Instead, you need to be proactive in your efforts, all so you can uncover and attract great new opportunities in the year ahead. To help you in the process, here are some tips to consider:

Tip #1: Be open.

It’s easy to get stuck in your comfort zone and stay where you are. That’s fine, but it’s also not the way to move forward and achieve your career goals. Instead, if you want to take your career to the next level, you need to be open to new and different opportunities. Whether it’s taking on a stretch assignment, chairing a volunteer committee, or spearheading a new initiative at work, these are the kinds of challenges and roles that will enable you to acquire valuable skills, meet new people, and make yourself more marketable for a promotion or new job.

Tip #2: Build a strong network.

When it comes to getting ahead in your career, your network can play a big part. When you’re connected to the right people, you can find out about opportunities faster or that are not always advertised. Beyond that, you can also gain valuable insight and use your network as a sounding board when you’re trying to make important decisions about your career.

Tip #3: Be flexible.

Today’s workplace is changing quickly. If you want to keep up and get ahead, then you need to be flexible. Sometimes that might mean taking on a role or task that’s not necessarily part of your job description. Or it could be changing the way you do things in order to streamline processes and make your company more competitive. Whatever the case for you, you need to be flexible and roll with the punches if you want to achieve long-term career success.

Tip #4: Learn new skills.

If you want to be the best, then you should always be learning. Whether you’re reading industry publications and blogs, going to trade shows and seminars, or enrolled in online training, your goal should always be to sharpen your existing skills, as well as to gain new ones. When you do, you’ll become more valuable to your current employer, as well as more marketable to new ones.

Interested in professional help from Houston’s trusted headhunters?

Contact Murray Resources. As top Houston headhunters, we offer talented, highly motivated candidates opportunities across a broad range of industries and job functions. Call us today to learn more or get started.

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13 Questions to Help You Set Goals in 2018

December 26th, 2017

Don’t want to make New Year’s resolutions for 2018? That’s understandable considering that the vast majority – something like 80% – go unfulfilled. But, as a leading provider of staffing in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows if you’re a manager, you should be setting specific goals for your team in the New Yer. And there are some questions to ask ahead of time to ensure you’re setting the right goals; ones that are achievable too. Here’s a look at 13 of them:

  • What do you wish you would have done last year that you didn’t? How can you incorporate that into your new goals for the New Year?
  • What are your top three priorities in the New Year and how will you measure progress toward achieving them?
  • What are your biggest overall career goals and what steps can you take toward achieving them in 2018?
  • What skills are most important for you to learn in the year head?
  • What business or professional development books should you be reading in 2018?
  • What other professional development goals should you be setting? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • What are your biggest strengths? What are some ways you can put them to better use in 2018?
  • What are your biggest weaknesses? How can you overcome them in the New Year?
  • In what areas could you improve your own physical health? Sleep more, exercise consistently or eat better?
  • In what ways do you want to give back and help others in the year ahead?
  • What is the number one most important thing you’d like to accomplish in 2018?
  • How will you better nurture relationships with each individual employee in the coming year?
  • How can you better help your team succeed in the New Year? What’s the biggest problem they’re having? How can you work together to overcome it?

If one of the area’s you and your team are struggling in involves a lack of available manpower or a skill gap, let the team at Murray Resources help. As a leading provider of staffing in Houston, TX, we have the knowledge and experience – not to mention the expansive candidate network – to help you find and hire the people you need, where and when you need them. So if you’re looking for a better and easier way to hire in the year ahead, simply contact Murray Resources. We can help.

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Ask Headhunters in Houston, TX: Can Social Media Posts Hurt My Career?

December 19th, 2017

Fifteen years ago, no one heard of social media. Today, however, it’s a normal part of our everyday life. But did you know that if you don’t take the right approach with it – even in your personal life – it could wind up having a negative impact on your career? Here are some ways how:

Bashing your employer or company.

Sure, you might butt heads with your boss or be angry about a new company policy. But, as headhunters in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that never means it’s a good idea to go online and rant about it. Even if you think your posts are private, they never really are and they can get back to people you never intended to see it. Not only that, but these kinds of angry diatribes tend to paint you in a negative light. And if there’s someone in your network in charge of hiring at a company, they might think twice about bringing you on board if you ever applied with them.

Making fun of customers.

Bashing your boss is a bad idea. But what’s worse is taking it out on customers. You might have had a completely miserable experience with a customer; however, never post about it online. It makes both you and your employer look bad, which they won’t appreciate.

Poor grammar and spelling.

You might not be a writer or a proofreader for a living. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to display good grammar and writing skills when you’re posting online, even if it’s in your personal network. Want more proof? According to a Jobvite survey, 66% of employers look negatively upon poor spelling and grammar on social media. So if a hiring manager sees your post, it’s not going to look good for you.

Posting inflammatory or derogatory comments.

When it comes to sharing online, sometimes it’s best to hold your tongue…or in this case, your fingers. Even when you feel passionately about a particular issue, you should never post anything that could be misconstrued as bias, racist, or obscene. If you do, and a hiring manager finds it, then you can kiss the chance of any job offer good-bye.

Posting unsavory photos.

So, you’d never post anything hate-filled. But what about those drunken photos of you at the New Year’s Eve party last year? It’s best to skip those, as well. And if a friend posts and tags you in those kinds of photos, kindly ask them to remove the tag.

The bottom line? Yes, as headhunters in Houston, TX, we know that social media posts can hurt your career. However, if you’re committed to posting opinions that are thoughtful and well-written – and you avoid the mistakes above – then you don’t have to worry about that happening to you.

Need more career tips and advice, or help finding a new job?

Call the expert headhunters in Houston, TX: Murray Resources. 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, Murray Resources can help you locate the position that best matches your skills and interests. Contact us today to learn more.

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Tough Call: Making the Decision Between Two Strong Candidates

December 12th, 2017

During the hiring process, you might be hoping for one top candidate to emerge. But, as local headhunters in Austin, Murray Resources knows that when you have two equally strong individuals, it’s certainly a tough decision. How can you best make the call – and choose the right one? With just a few tips:

Look at the big picture.

You have an immediate opening you need to fill. But before you make a decision, look at the big picture of the position and evaluate who would be the best-fit person overall in the long-term. For instance, one candidate might have more growth potential than another and could therefore be a more valuable and lucrative investment for your company.

Evaluate culture and personality.

Your company likely has a distinct workplace culture. Finding people who are the best fit for it is important. If you don’t, you’ll hire those who can do the job, but won’t be happy within the workplace. As a result, they’ll grow disengaged over time and will eventually leave. Your best bet instead is finding and hiring those people who can blend well with your culture.

Think about enthusiasm.

Does one candidate seem more enthusiastic or energetic than another? As headhunters in Austin, we know this is just another indication as to which candidate could be a better fit. Beyond energy level, assess interest too by thinking about which candidate asked more questions during the hiring process. Also, who followed up with you after the interview or wrote a thank you note? As you’re thinking about these different aspects of the process, it will quickly become clear who was more enthusiastic.

Give them a homework assignment.

If you’ve weighed all these factors and are still undecided, give them both a homework assignment. It should be just a small project that doesn’t take long to complete. But whatever they submit should give you some more insight into their work quality, level of enthusiasm, ability to adhere to directions and deadlines, and communication skills.

Once you have decided on a particular candidate, don’t lose touch with the other. They were obviously a strong contender for a reason. You don’t want to lose contact with them just because they weren’t right for this particular position.

Need professional help with your candidate sourcing and selection process?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As experienced headhunters in Austin, we can help you source, recruit, screen and ultimately hire the best-fit professionals for a wide range of positions at your company. Simply contact us today to learn more or get started.

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4 Career Mistakes to Avoid When You Want to Get Ahead

December 5th, 2017

It’s almost a New Year – and if you’re ready to get ahead in your career, then there are some important steps you should take. At the same time, there are several common mistakes you should avoid. For instance, here’s a look at a four:

#1: Being too ambitious…or not ambitious enough.

As leading recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows that a desire to get ahead in your career is healthy. However, if you’re willing to do anything to climb the corporate ladder – from stretching yourself too thin to accepting a promotion you know you’re not qualified for – then it’s going to catch up with you eventually. At the same time, a lack of ambition or staying in your comfort zone for too long can also negatively impact your career, as well. Instead, try to strike the right balance by aiming higher, but also being willing to work on your shortcoming and skills gaps before you make a big move.

#2: Not acquiring new skills.

Years ago, people learned on the job with minimal training. Today, however, workers are expected to be proactive about acquiring new skills and expanding their knowledge base. This is especially true if you want to get ahead in your career. So if there’s a certain specialized skill set that would help you advance in your current position, or a new one, do all you can to learn it. Read a book, take an online course, ask your boss for stretch assignments and enroll in a certificate program.

#3: Not taking feedback seriously.

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for performance reviews. If you receive some constructive criticism during yours, take it seriously. If you don’t, then you’re not going to be able to work on your weaknesses and get ahead in your career. It’s understandable if you don’t like negative feedback; nobody does. However, do make sure you take it to heart and put it to good use so you can learn and grow from it.

#4: Burning bridges.

Whether you resigned without two weeks notice or got caught talking about a co-worker behind their back, these kinds of actions constitute burning a bridge – and they’re tough to recover from. Instead, aim to be ethical and professional in all your workplace dealings. Don’t engage in gossip. Always try to do the right thing. And never point the finger of blame at others. Chances are, it will come back to haunt you.

Looking to advance your career in a new job with a new employer?
The trusted recruiters in Houston – Murray Resources – can help. We can assist you with your resume, interviews and connecting you with top positions – at top employers. 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, give Murray Resources a call today.

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What Top Candidates Look for in Jobs

November 28th, 2017

Gearing up to hire for your company? It’s easy to focus on your wants and needs in a candidate. But are you also considering what today’s top talent wants in a job? As recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows if you’re not, then it’s going to be tough to communicate and market your opportunity in a way that’s most attractive to them.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few key attributes that local candidates look for in job opportunities:

Professional development.
Top candidates don’t want to stay stagnant in a position for the next 10 years. Instead, they always want to be learning and growing. And when you offer them opportunities where they can access professional training and development, they’re not only more likely to accept your job offer, but also to stay loyal to your company for the long-term.

Scheduling flexibility.
With technology today, it’s easier than ever to offer your employees some flexibility when it comes to scheduling. Whether you allow flex scheduling – where employees can start and leave either earlier or later in the day – or you opt for telecommuting, it’s up to you. But, as recruiters in Houston, we know that offering this benefit is an important one, especially when you’re striving to attract younger candidates.

Recognition.
Nobody wants to work at a place where they’re not recognized and rewarded for a job well done. This makes people feel like a valued part of the team and can enhance recruiting and retention efforts considerably. So create a culture of recognition and be sure to promote it during the hiring process.

An alignment of values.
Top quality candidates often look for companies that display a reputation and values that align with their own. They also want roles in which they can truly excel and make an important contribution. That’s why, when you’re in the middle of the recruiting and hiring process, you should always discuss and promote workplace values and culture. When you do, you’re more likely to attract those candidates who are the right fit for you.

A healthy culture.
In today’s world of social media, a company’s reputation can spread fast. And if yours has one for not treating employees well, or a stressful or toxic work culture, then you’re going to have a hard time sourcing and hiring the best candidates. On the other hand, a healthy culture – mixed with fun and a focus on work life balance – can go a long way in attracting quality talent.

Open communication.
As recruiters in Houston, we know that employees want to feel like a part of the team; not subordinates taking orders. That’s why it’s important to have an open communication policy with them, setting clear expectations and goals from the start. It’s also important to make sure they have an opportunity to have their voices heard and feel empowered to make a difference at your organization.

Need professional help recruiting and hiring talent for your company?
Call Houston’s trusted recruiters at Murray Resources. For over 30 years, we’ve helped high-performance organizations – including numerous Fortune 1000 companies – build their teams. And we can help you too. Contact us today to learn more.

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How to Keep Employees On Staff & Happy

November 21st, 2017

As Houston headhunters, Murray Resources knows that at any given time, a majority of your employees are looking for a new job. That means if you’re not actively trying to retain them, the chance of losing them to another opportunity is high. So what can you do to keep top-quality people on board and happy at your company? Here are a few tips to help you:

Tip #1: Talk vision.

If your people don’t have a clear sense of where they’re going, they’ll eventually grow disillusioned. That’s why it’s important to talk vision on a regular basis. Not only that, but get into specifics about where they fit into the bigger picture and how their individual roles play an important part.

Tip #2: Set specific goals and measure performance.

For each employee, it’s important for them to know what’s expected of them and how their performance will be measured. So talk regularly on a one-on-one basis with your employees, checking in about their progress and any pain points or issues that are coming up. That way, you’ll have a better sense of where everyone stands, as well as better be able to nip problems in the bud before they escalate.

Tip #3: Offer skill development and training.

When it comes to the strongest employees, they always want to be moving ahead and advancing. That’s why it’s so important to offer them opportunities to acquire and develop new skills. Not only will they be more loyal to your company, but they can add more value in the process as they put their newfound knowledge to work.

Tip #4: Reward hard work.

When an employee goes above and beyond, reward them for their efforts. As top Houston headhunters, we know that even a few simple and specific words of praise can go a long way. You can also consider offering them perks in the form of extra vacation days or tangible items, like gift certificates.

Tip #5: Recruit for better fit employees.

When it comes to keeping employees engaged and motivated, one of the most important aspects is your recruitment process. If you’re not finding and hiring engaged and committed people in the first place – those who are a fit for your company’s culture – then you can’t possibly expect them to stick around for long.

Need more help hiring high quality workers and keeping them engaged?

Call Houston’s headhunters at Murray Resources. Our top priority is delivering exceptional job candidates to local companies just like yours. Contact us today to learn more.

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Ask a Houston Employment Agency: How Do I Make a Great Impression During an Interview?

November 14th, 2017

As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. And, as one of Houston’s top employment agencies, Murray Resources knows if you ace your opportunity, it could lead to an exciting new job offer. To help you get there, here are some tips to remember:

Show up on time, looking professional.

It sounds like a no-brainer. But too many times, candidates show up a few minutes late, or wearing clothes not appropriate for an interview. Just because the company comes across as more casual than corporate doesn’t mean you should don anything less than a suit for an interview.

Be friendly with everyone you meet.

You may not realize this, but if you’re rude to the receptionist or parking attendant, it could very well get back to the hiring manager. So make sure you’re respectful and friendly with everyone you meet, whether it’s an entry level employee or the chief executive.

Know when to talk and when to listen.

During an interview, you don’t want to drone on endlessly about your skills and experience, talking over the hiring manager as they try to ask follow up questions. Make sure you’re a good listener. That means staying quiet until the interviewer is done talking or asking their question. This will also help to ensure you have the full question before you attempt to answer it.

Ask smart questions.

Go beyond the basics and ask more sophisticated questions that will help you a) better evaluate the opportunity and b) impress the hiring manager with your preparedness. These include questions such as:

  • How will my performance be measured?
  • What are some common traits among the company’s top performer?
  • What do employees like most about working at the company?
  • How does this position fit into larger company-wide goals?

Don’t forget about body language.

Sometimes, it’s not what you say, but how you say it that has the most impact on a hiring manager. So smile and make eye contact. Offer a firm handshake. And don’t slouch or fidget during the interview. Even if you are anxious, try your hardest not to show it.

Need more help acing your next interview – or getting one?

Call Murray Resources, one of Houston’s top employment agencies. We can connect you with leading jobs often not advertised and help you prepare for your interviews – all so you land the job you want. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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Tips from Houston Finance Recruiters for Finding Your Next Hire

November 7th, 2017

Finding and hiring high-quality candidates in the Houston area for positions in finance can be a challenge. Competition is fierce, plus you needed skilled and ethical candidates who know tax laws and understand your company’s financial management software. It can be a tough bill to fill. But as leading Houston finance recruiters, we have some tips to help you. Here’s a look:

Get referrals from your existing team.

When you need to hire, one of the best places to turn is to your existing finance team. If you don’t have an employee referral program, it’s never too late to start one. This will ensure you can access high quality talent you might not otherwise hear about.

Make sure your job posting is mobile.

The vast majority of job seekers in every industry, including finance, are searching for jobs on their mobile devices. In fact, some reports put that number at nine in 10 job seekers. Don’t get left out with a job posting or career website that isn’t mobile friendly.

Don’t forget about soft skills.

When hiring for finance positions, you need professionals with the right technical skills and abilities. But don’t forget to evaluate soft skills, too. These include traits like good communication abilities, self-motivation, work ethic, integrity, leadership skills and more.

Remember to sell the opportunity.

When you’re looking to hire, don’t simply see the process as a way for you to find the talent you need. It’s also an opportunity for candidates to seek out opportunities that are a fit for their career goals and lifestyle. So beyond simply discussing your business needs and expectations for the role, talk too about the perks and benefits of working for your company. Remember,  the hiring process is a two-way street.

Get help from a recruiting partner.

If you don’t have the time to devote to recruiting and screening resumes or conducting interviews, turn to Houston finance recruiters who can help. When you have a trusted recruiter, they can do all the leg work in finding, screening, testing and vetting candidates, all so you get the top quality ones to interview and make a final decision on. It’s a faster and more effective way to find your next finance professional.

Ready to learn more?

Connect with Murray Resources. As finance recruiters in Houston, we can handle every aspect of your search – from sourcing and screening to interviews and reference checks – or simply the parts you don’t have time for. Whatever your needs, we’re here to help you making smart hiring decisions for your finance department. Contact us today to learn more.

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5 Ways to Stand Out on LinkedIn

October 24th, 2017

Updating your LinkedIn profile is kind of like polishing your resume. Nobody likes to do it, but in today’s world, it’s a must during a job search. So if you’re getting ready to dig into your profile – so your background and experience are more attractive to recruiters and hiring managers – which areas should you focus on? Here are few tips to help you stand out on LinkedIn:

Include a professional profile picture.

As one of Houston’s top employment agencies, Murray Resources knows that your photo is actually one of the most important elements on your LinkedIn profile page. It instantly sends the message about your level of professionalism. Not only that, but according to LinkedIn, those profiles with photos are seven times more likely to get clicked on than those without them.

Turn your LinkedIn summary into a compelling story.

This section should offer a brief bio that explains what you do and offers a few select career highlights. While it’s always important to be professional in terms of tone, you should infuse some personality into it, too. If it’s dry and dense, no one is going to read it.

While writing or re-writing this section on your LinkedIn profile might take some – and a few drafts – don’t skip it. Both leaving this section blank, or writing information that is too personal in nature, can be a big turn off for recruiters and hiring managers.

Update and polish your Skills & Expertise.

If it’s been a while since you updated this section, then chances are you’ve gained some new skills and experience. You’ll want to reflect that by updating this section. Also, focus on skills that are most relevant to the kinds of job opportunities you want. You don’t need to list every skills you’ve picked up during the extent of your career; just those that will make the best impression on prospective employers.

Skip the clichés and buzzwords.

Too many times, candidates use terms like “detail-oriented,” or “focused,” and “strategic.” But these words are empty for most hiring manager.As one of Houston’s top employment agencies, Murray Resources knows they want to see hard facts and figures when it comes to your background, along with a proven track record. That’s why you should always skip the fluff and instead focus on quantifying your accomplishments and getting LinkedIn recommendations from reputable sources.

Share content and publish your own.

One of the best ways to stand out on LinkedIn is through sharing and publishing content. Not only will this help to expand your reach, but it will make you more credible and relevant to hiring managers and recruiters.

Following these few simple steps can help you make the most of your LinkedIn profile, so it can work harder for you during your job search. Another way to improve your job search results is by partnering with a local employment agency. For instance, as one of Houston’s top employment agencies, Murray Resources can offer you helpful advice and tips on finding your next great job, and can even connect you with leading employers – and rewarding opportunities – in and around the area. To get started, contact us today or search our Houston-area jobs now.

 

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How a Professional Houston Recruiter Can Help You Hire Easier, Smarter & Faster

October 17th, 2017

When it comes time to hire, many business owners and managers aim to handle the process themselves. But if you don’t have the time, resources or manpower to thoroughly promote your job opportunities and sift through a pile of resumes, consider instead bringing in the help of a professional Houston recruiter. When you do, your company can benefit in a variety of ways, including with:

Better quality talent.

A recruiter recruits. It’s what they do day in and out. So when you need to hire, a professional Houston recruiter is your best source for getting the job done and finding the qualified people you need. Reputable recruiters, like those at Murray Resources, have cultivated a robust network of candidates, both active and passive. They can therefore give you access to top talent for positions across a range of fields, even those that are hard to fill.

Faster hiring times.

Throughout any given day, you’re pulled in many different directions. Your recruiter, however, is focused on filling your job openings. As a result, they can often find high quality talent faster, as well as streamline the entire hiring process for you. They can move efficiently through screening, interviewing, skill testing and reference checking, all so you get a handful of top talent to interview and make a final hiring decision on – faster.

Advice and guidance.

Hiring is both hard work and tricky. It takes a lot of time to recruit good candidates, as well as thoroughly screen them. At the same time, there are many variables and unknowns throughout the process. That’s where a professional Houston recruiter can help. They can offer you expertise and guidance – every step of the way, from start to finish – so you make smart hiring decisions that will positively impact your company and its bottom line.

Avoiding hiring mistakes.

Hiring mistakes are expensive, whether they’re made at the entry or executive level. They can impact a broad range of areas at your company, from morale and productivity to innovation and customer satisfaction. That’s why, it’s so important to have a recruitment partner you can trust. They know all the common pitfalls and challenges to avoid, as well as the hiring red flags to look out for. You can therefore hire with confidence.

If you’re interested in partnering with a reputable and professional Houston recruiter, put Murray Resources on your list. We can help you find the talent you need, where and when you need them, for a vast array of positions. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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6 Tips for Having Serious Conversations with Your Boss

October 10th, 2017

You’re thinking of leaving. You want to respond to criticism you think is unfair. Or you’re interested in getting promoted – and getting a raise. Whatever the case for you, as leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows these kinds of conversations are often awkward for employees. How can you approach them and get the results you want?

#1. Be prepared.

Before you walk into your boss’s office, be prepared for the conversation. For instance, if you’re asking for a raise, make sure you have hard facts and numbers to back up why you deserve a bump in salary. If, however, you think you’ve been criticized unfairly by your boss, be prepared with evidence that proves your point.

#2. Structure the conversation.

When it comes to difficult conversations, don’t wing it. It’s easier if you think through how the meeting should flow and also write down key points you want to get across. That way, you’ll be more effective and thorough when you’re communicating.

#3. Stay calm.

As Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows if you’re upset or nervous about the conversation, it’s easy to get flustered and lose your confidence. Likewise, if you’re angry about a situation at work, you might be tempted to barge into your boss’s office and confront them. But this isn’t effective. Even if your boss was in the wrong, you need to approach the conversation in a way that’s both calm and diplomatic.

#4. Maintain eye contact and sit up straight.

Don’t let your body language give you away. Instead, it’s important to appear confident, maintaining eye contact and sitting straight. When you do, your boss will have more confidence in what you’re saying.

#5. Be honest.

Don’t exaggerate or make things up to get your point across. Instead, simply be factual and honest when talking to your boss.

#6. Don’t let them blow you off.

If you have something important to say to your boss, you’re probably desperate to get it out and put it behind you. But boss’s are busy and the chance of a reschedule are high. While if this happens one time, it’s not a big deal, do insist on a meeting if it keeps happening. Your boss owes it to you to hear you out.

When it comes to having a difficult conversation, focus on preparing, staying calm and being upfront. Your boss might not agree with you, but they’ll respect you for it.

Interested in advancing your career with a new position?

Call the experts at Murray Resources. As leading Houston recruiters, we can give you the inside scoop on getting hired at some of the city’s top employers. Contact us today to learn more – or get started.

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Tips for Finding Talented Engineers – from Houston’s Engineering Recruiters

October 3rd, 2017

As experienced engineering recruiters, Murray Resources knows that when it comes to hiring engineers, you have a tough job. Whether you work in oil and gas, construction or a different industry entirely, you need people with the technical competencies to get the job done. At the same time, they need the soft skills to blend well with the team. It’s a tall order to fill. How can you find the right engineering talent? Start with these tips:

Invest the time into recruiting.

Sometimes, you need to hire in a hurry. But that’s never a good strategy when it comes to sourcing and hiring quality talent. And considering that the average cost of a bad hire is 30% of the person’s salary, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the stakes are high. So take your time to iron out the details of the job description, and in recruiting and qualifying potential candidates. When you do, you’ll have a better chance at sourcing those who are the right match for your needs.

Evaluate soft skills.

As leading engineering recruiters, Murray Resources knows the best engineers combine strong hard and soft skills. So when you’re screening and interviewing, make sure you look beyond technical capabilities. You want someone who’s going to be able to work well on your team and become an asset to it.

Move quickly once you identify a strong candidate.

Once you identify one or two good candidates, you need to move quickly. In today’s market, technical talent doesn’t stay on the job market for long. And your top pick candidates are likely talking to other companies like yours. So don’t let a long-winded interview process, with panel after panel, slow you down. Instead, once you identify a great candidate, try to move the process along as quickly as possible.

In addition to that, provide a positive experience for every candidate. If you leave a candidate alone in an interview room for 15 minutes – with no explanation – or are constantly checking your phone during an interview, you’re not going to make a good impression.

Partner with engineering recruiters.

If you don’t have the time or resources to source and screen engineering talent, then outsource the process to engineering recruiters who do. Here at Murray Resources, for instance, we have an engineering division with experienced recruiters and robust connections in the field of engineering. As a result, we can often help you find the talent you need, faster.

Ready to put our engineering recruiters to work for you?

Murray Resources’ professional recruiting consultants know where and how to find world-class engineering talent. For over 30 years, we have recruited professionals for leading companies in the energy industry, as well as for numerous local manufacturers and utilities. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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Ask a Houston Headhunter: What Do Employers Look For in Candidates

September 26th, 2017

You want a new job, but competition is fierce. How can you stand out to a hiring manager? First, it’s vital that you understand what’s important to them. As leading Houston, TX headhunters with over 25 years of experience, we know what employers look for when they’re hiring. Here’s a quick overview to help you in your search:

Good attitude.

You can have the strongest skills in the world, but if you have a bad attitude or come across as difficult or hard to work with, you’re going to be searching for a new job for a long time. Employers want people who are positive, motivated and enthusiastic. They don’t, however, want people who are going to poison their teams with negativity. That’s why during the interview, it’s important to demonstrate that you’re open to new ideas, learning new things and can handle stress in a healthy way.

Strong values.

Employers also want people who can demonstrate strong core values. This includes intangibles like work ethic and integrity, as well as more tangible activities, such as community service and mentoring. Hiring managers know that those with strong values are more likely to be committed and consistent team members.

Flexibility.

In today’s work environment, one thing is constant: change. And employers need people who can roll with the punches and who are willing to adapt. They also want those who can jump right into different projects and roles and help be a valuable player across them all.

Ambition.

Hiring managers want people who have some vision for their careers and are also motivated to succeed. They know these are the people who bring fresh ideas to the table and new innovations to the company. They also don’t want to do a lot of hand holding, and instead want people willing to take the initiative to achieve positive results.

When it comes time for your next interview, it’s important to demonstrate your technical skills and work experience. However, don’t forget to showcase the areas above either. When you do, employers will see a well-rounded candidate who can contribute positively to their bottom line.

Looking for professional help with your next job search?

Contact Houston, TX headhunters at Murray Resources. For over 30 years, we’ve connected high-performance individuals with leading-edge organizations. Search our jobs now, or contact one of our Houston, TX headhunters to learn more.

 

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Ask Professional Recruiters in Houston: What Reference Check Mistakes to Avoid

September 19th, 2017

As professional recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows when it comes to the hiring process, reference checks play a critical role. The information you find out during them can help confirm the strength of a candidate, or uncover any weaknesses you’re not aware of. Whatever the case, they can provide insight and peace of mind next time you need to hire.

That said, there are some common mistakes hiring managers make that can negatively impact the process. Here’s a look at 4 of them:

Not checking references for all candidates.

Don’t make the mistake of checking references for some candidates and not others. If you do this, you won’t get a full sense of the candidates you’re considering for hiring. You can do less in-depth reference checks for lower level positions and more comprehensive ones for higher level roles. Just make sure whatever approach you take is consistent within positions.

Offering the job before checking references.

As professional recruiters in Houston, we know that some employers make a job offer contingent on reference checks. But what if a candidate ends up with weak references and you let your other top pick candidates go? It’s best to narrow your list of candidates down to two or three, and then check the references of each. You can then make a more informed hiring decision.

Not checking references.

You need to hire someone fast. That’s certainly understandable. But whatever you do, don’t skip the reference checking process. There are too many candidates who look great on paper and perform well during interviews, only to fall flat once on the job. But when you check their references ahead of time, you’re more likely to find out about any red flags or reasons to avoid hiring them.

Asking the wrong questions.

If you want to conduct effective reference checks, it’s important that you ask more than “yes” and “no” questions. For instance, instead of asking if Sally did a good job, ask the reference giver to offer some specific examples of how well Sally performed on the job. In addition, when details are vague or unclear, don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions. This is your chance at getting behind the candidate mask.

Sometimes, employers simply don’t have the time or resources to conduct reference checks. If that’s the case for you, why not outsource some or all of your hiring process to the experts at Murray Resources. As professional recruiters in Houston, we can handle every aspect of your search – from sourcing and screening to interviews and reference checks – or simply the parts you don’t have time for. Whatever your needs, we’re here to help you making smart hiring decisions. Contact us today to learn more.

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