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10 Staffing Strategies for Controlling Costs

March 25th, 2019

Are you looking to improve operating margins in your business? It could be beneficial to take a look at your staffing strategy for ways to control costs. From the assembly line to the executive office, effective staffing is essential to maximizing profitability.

Below are ten practical staffing strategies to reduce overhead, controlling operating costs, and improve organizational performance.

1) Convert Fixed Costs to Variable

If your company is like most, labor is the most significant line item on your P&L. To minimize that expense employers should implement a planned staffing model to convert fixed costs to variable. This can be accomplished through the reduction of core staff to levels necessary to maintain normal operations. Then partner with qualified temporary staffing vendors to supplement your staff with trained temporary personnel to meet peak production demands as needed. This strategy is particularly useful for industrial labor, as well as for technical and professional projects.

2) Eliminate Overtime

Employee overtime is a costly way to get work done. Using temporary employees in place of overtime can reduce labor costs by 20% or more.

3) Limit Benefits Expenses

On average, benefits cost 20% – 25% more than payroll expenses. Where appropriate, use temporary and payrolled employees (employees who are paid through a staffing firm or professional employment service) to limit benefits expenses. This option is most often used for interns, project professionals, and other short-term employees. Using temporary and payrolled employees in place of independent contractors will also reduce your employment risks.

4) Reduce Training Costs, Scrap & Rework

Training is expensive–and not just the hard dollar cost of the training program. There are also the soft costs of lower productivity and poorer quality that result from employing novice staff. Reduce training costs and improve work quality and productivity by employing skilled temporary employees. By working closely with your staffing partner, you can gain access to candidates who are well-trained and have experience in the skills you need. To enhance productivity further, partner with your staffing firm to create an initial orientation and training program for new hires.

5) Shift Administrative Burden

When you use temporary staff instead of direct hires, all costs associated with processing and administering payroll and benefits are transferred from your company to the staffing firm. This results in a drastic shift in the administrative burden and a reduction in the associated costs.

6) Prevent Unemployment Claims

Unlike short-term direct hire employees, temporary personnel work for your staffing partner—not you. Consequently, their unemployment claims don’t affect your rating or your bottom line.

7) Reduce the Risk of Hiring Mistakes

A bad hire can cost you between two and seven times the employee’s annual salary. Staffing firms follow rigorous screening procedures for both temporary personnel and direct hires, which increases your chances of getting the right person. They will most often provide candidates who not only possess the skills and experience you require but who also have the personality traits needed to thrive in your work environment. To further reduce your hiring risk, you can also take advantage of your partner’s temp-to-hire services and direct placement guarantees.

8) Take Advantage of a Staffing Firm’s HR Capabilities

If hiring duties are sidetracking your key employees, use your staffing partner to handle screening, testing, interviewing, and reference checking. Their expertise can free your personnel to concentrate on critical activities and can reduce your time to hire.

9) Cut Costs by Hiring

Capacity constraints are a significant source of cost. Restrictions may affect the throughput of a plant or the productivity of an executive. To eliminate the bottlenecks, consider adding temporary or full-time staff. Bringing in administrative support frees key personnel to focus on core job duties (not only do you get a more productive employee, but the administrative work gets done for significantly less cost). Add labor to relieve process constraints and improve productivity. Use technical and professional temps to keep projects on track. By adding the right people, work will get done more efficiently, with less administrative headache, and for less cost.

10) Avert Costs Associated with Burnout

Many companies may take the concept of “lean thinking” too far. They push direct staff to produce more with fewer resources. Moreover, as the stress increases, problems with quality, productivity, absenteeism, and turnover increase as well. Take the pressure off by using temporary employees. The additional personnel will help your staff avoid burnout, reduce the cost of defects, avoid productivity losses, and limit turnover expense.

 

At Murray Resources we are proud to be considered a partner to our clients and to be relied upon to deliver top quality candidates for even the most time-sensitive temporary and/or contract staffing needs. Our extensive candidate network allows us to identity proven performers who can step in and make an immediate contribution to our clients’ growth and productivity goals.

 

If your company is seeking top performers, please contact us today online or call us at (713) 935-0009.

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Staffing Practices For Increasing Profit

March 21st, 2019

Think about it – staffing expenses are probably the biggest line item on your P&L. The more actively manage that expense, the more profitable you can become.

But, managing staffing is not just about cutting costs. It’s about effectively matching your staffing resources to the challenges and opportunities your business faces. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the path to staffing for profit…

Six Ways To Increase Revenue:

 

1) Eliminate process bottlenecks

Most often, the biggest barrier to growth is a shortage of qualified people. To reduce process bottlenecks you can:

  • Hire additional staff in areas that are creating the bottlenecks
  • Train your staff to improve their productivity
  • Outsource specific process steps to firms that would be more productive in those activities
  • Bring in temporaries to supplement your current staff.
  • Bring in administrative support to free your staff to focus on more critical activities

2) Capitalize on new opportunities

Have you ever had a to table a great idea simply because you didn’t have the resources to work on it?  For those times, consider supplementing your team with temporary and contract employees. From support staff to senior executives, highly qualified temporary employees can be brought in to either manage the execution of new ideas and/or support your internal team while they work on the new opportunities.

3) Shorten learning curves and reduce time to market for new products

Whether you’re looking to implement a new technology or expand into a new market, nothing beats learning from someone with experience. Well, you can hire expensive consultants, a more cost-effective solution is to bring in temporary employees who already have the experience you seek.

4) Turn temporaries into revenue generators

There are many ways to use temporary employees to enhance your business development activities.

For example:

  • Telemarketers for data collection, market research, and appointment setting
  • Graphic artist for the development of marketing materials
  • Marketing professionals to create new promotional campaigns. Additional clerical, professional or industrial staff to take advantage of unexpected surges and business activity which your direct staff could not manage on their own.

5) Keep employees working at peak efficiency

When you find your key people getting bogged down with “C” and “D” level tasks, consider bringing in clerical or other support personnel to help them stay focused on their most important duties.

6) Avoid gaps in your workforce

Supplemental employees can fill in for illness, vacation, maternity or other leaves of absence that can impede your productive capacity.

And Six Ideas For Decreasing Expenses:

1) Reduce overtime expenses

Use temporary employees in place of paying overtime to reduce labor expenses by as much as 25%.

2) Lower unemployment and workers’ compensation expenses

To avoid exposure for comp and unemployment claims, hire short-term and project staff through a temporary staffing service or professional employee organization.

3) Limit benefits expenses

Benefits typically at 30 to 35% on top of payroll cost – and for some companies, they can total more than 50%! To limit benefits expenses, maintain a smaller core staff and add short-term capacity to your team with payrolled and temporary employees. Most temporary employees receive only limited benefits which are paid by the staffing service.

4) Eliminate over-staffing

If your workload the various seasons or other cycles, considering scaling down your direct staff to meet demand at the low-end of your business cycle. Then bring in supplemental staff during your busier times. This approach to staffing will reduce or illuminate the need to lay off employees during slow periods and it will decrease your unemployment claims.

5) Outsource time-consuming or mundane tasks

Consider outsourcing non-critical departments or functions that are areas of little or no competitive advantage. The outsourcing services should be able to reduce your total expenses and improve performance while freeing your Donovan to go focus in its core competencies.

6) Reduce turnover and hiring expenses

Turnover can devastate an organization-from the direct cost of replacing employees to the soft (but significant) expenses associated with project delays, quality issues, customer service problems, and reduced workplace morale. When it comes to managing turnover, there are several steps you can take in your staffing approach:

  • Employee behavioral– based hiring techniques to assure the best hiring fit
  • Use external recruiters to improve your access to talent in the job market
  • Bring in support staff during crunch times to avoid “burnout”
  • Outsource the hiring process to firms that specialize in the types of people you need to hire
  • Take advantage of the temp to hire services and direct hire guarantees offered by staffing vendors

It’s Not Rocket Science

To increase profits, you have just three choices: increase revenues, decreased expenses, or so both. That’s it. The trick is to get your strategies – and your people– aligned on this formula:

(Revenue) – (Expenses) = Profit

To improve your bottom line, take a strategic approach to staffing – matching your staffing plans to your business plans. By simply anticipating your future staffing needs, and then evaluating the most cost-effective ways to get work done, you can dramatically enhance revenues and reduce costs!

Contact Murray Resources to learn more about staffing practices that will increase company profit, or call us at (713) 935-0009

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Help Wanted: The High Cost of Job Vacancies

March 18th, 2019

It’s Monday morning. One of your operations managers walks in and announces that he’s leaving for the competition. Tough loss, you think.

You review your financials and decide to forgo hiring a replacement. You know you can count on your remaining two operations managers to pick up the slack.  Besides, your bottom line needs to boost.

Good decision, right? Before you Pat yourself on the back, consider the story of Looks Good, a small, direct merchant of women’s clothing.

An Expensive Decision.

Pat Hammond, owner of Looks Good, recently lost three customer service representatives (CSRs), one of which has been the supervisor. Instead of replacing these employees immediately, she decided to take her time finding new CSRs. By juggling some schedules and paying some overtime, Pat figured she could cut down on her personnel costs. But problems arose immediately:

  • Clothing Steed, a retail store planning to offer the Looks Good line, canceled the deal in frustration. They had been working with the departed supervisor, and his fill in knee nothing about the discussions. Lost revenue was estimated at $10,000 per month.
  • Remaining CSRs became overworked, and the percentage of errors increased dramatically. The resulting returns and exchanges for the month cost Looks Good in additional $900.
  • Emma King, Looks Good’s head buyer, resigned to join another company that she believed was more stable. Because Looks Good no longer had access to Emma’s overseas contacts, their costs increased by 10% for the current month, they spent and additional $8.500.
  • As troubles in the workplace mounted, employee frustration increased. Two additional CSRs resigned to take positions with other companies.
  • Because Pat Hammond was forced to help answer the phones during busy periods, she put all employee evaluations on hold, which further upset her staff.

For Looks Good, the cost of open positions turned out to be incredibly high. In one month, they lost almost $20,000 of potential revenue. What’s the worst, employee morale suffered tremendously, and turnover skyrocketed. If Pat Hammond doesn’t right the ship immediately she could be out of business.

The Real Costs

Looks Good’s story may be fictitious, but the high costs of job vacancies are real. Don’t be fooled into believing that open positions cost you only some overtime. The truth is, vacancies can expose your organization to unforeseen and unacceptable expense, including the following:

Revenue Costs

Loss of revenue is the most obvious in most quantifiable cost associated with open positions:

  • Delayed revenue resulting from longer Time To Marker (TTM)
  • Lost revenue resulting from products/services that could never be introduced
  • Underutilized equipment
  • Decreased output because employees are performing unfamiliar jobs

Personnel Costs

Employees who remain in your organization are hurt by vacancies. The added workload cause higher stress levels, which can result in a number of problems:

  • Sending a message that the company isn’t performing well
  • Greater incidences of illness, absenteeism, and tardiness
  • Increased frustration
  • Increased scrap and rework/-error rates
  • No opportunity to receive needed training
  • Less chance of employees reaching individual goals
  • Higher turnover

To Hire or Not to Hire?

Not sure whether to fill an open position, use the following worksheet to help you decide. For Example:

Customer Loses

Amount: $100,000

Probability: 25% (or.25)

Estimated Cost: $25,000

Rework/Error Costs

Amount: $10,000

Probability: 60% (or .60)

Estimated Cost: $6,000

Total your estimated losses. If they exceed your total estimated savings, it’s time to fill the open position.

Team Costs

Open positions can also cost your work teams:

  • Lost experience
  • Increased chance that other members will leave
  • Lost leader ship
  • Disruption in team cohesiveness
  • Increased likelihood that poor performing team members will be retained
  • More difficult to generate new ideas

Management Costs

Managers in charge departments with open positions must contend with a number of headaches:

  • Less time to manage remaining employees
  • Increased frustration over a lack of corporate support
  • Higher turnover in middle management (and often in senior management)
  • Increased opportunity costs because managers have to spend valuable time performing fill-in duties

Customer Costs

Vacancies in critical areas can affect customer satisfaction levels, sometimes with serious consequences:

  • Loss of sales volume because of an of inability to fill orders
  • Loss of sales volume because of reduced service quality
  • Increase the chance that customers will conclude you are getting weak or you don’t care about them
  • Customer attrition

Competitive Advantage Costs

Open positions can affect your ability to remain competitive in the marketplace:

  • Sends a message to analysts that you are weak
  • Sends a message to competitors that you are vulnerable
  • Sends a message to prospective employees that the company is in trouble (this problem can be especially acute for high demand positions)
  • Erodes your corporate culture

An Ounce of Prevention

Don’t let your organization fall victim to the, “we’ll just make do” attitude. Take the time to evaluate the risks and consequences of vacancies in your work force. Then, if appropriate, design a plan to eliminate these vacancies. Start by hiring people with the skills and temperament to succeed in your organization. Then make sure you keep these valuable employees satisfied and happy to be working for you. Yes, there are costs involved in developing well functioning hiring and retention procedures. But the time and money you spend will be far less than the alternative.

Need Help Reducing Costs?

When it comes to minimizing the cost of job vacancies, your staffing service provider can be a vital resource for any or all of the following services:

Direct Placement Services

  • Search our extensive candidate database for people with needed skills
  • Screen candidates thoroughly and quickly to determine those who are qualified
  • Administer personality test to discern whether a candidate can thrive in your corporate culture
  • Develop orientation programs to introduce new hires to the company and help them become productive

Temporary Staffing Services

  • Supply temporary personnel for openings caused by seasonal workload fluctuations or special projects
  • Supply temporary personnel to fill open positions while you search for the right person to direct tire
  • Temp to hire services
  • Supply a potential employee on a temporary basis so you can decide whether to hire him or her directly
  • Supply a potential employee on a temporary basis so you can determine whether the workload warrants a full-time employee

Contact Murray Resources to learn more about the high cost of job vacancies and how to reduce that cost by using a recruiting firm to fill those positions, or call us at (713) 935-0009

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Murray Resources Podcast: Tips for Working With a Recruiter

March 18th, 2019

On the latest episode of the Murray Resources Podcast:

Murray Resources Senior Search Director, Elizabeth Orea, shares her tips for working with a recruiter. Elizabeth and podcast host, Scott White, explore how to make a career transition and what the typical recruiting process timeline looks like. The show dives into the recruiting process and what it’s actually like working with a recruiting firm.

Our favorite moments from this week’s episode:

  • (01:19) Scott introduces Elizabeth, who was recently featured in a Houston Chronicle article about staffing agencies helping job seekers.
  • (01:50) Elizabeth and Scott discuss how recruiting firms can be a key resource for job seekers.
  • (2:25) Elizabeth talks about how recruiters can add color to a candidate beyond their resume.
  • (03:07) Scott and Elizabeth explore the difficulty of career transitions and how recruiters may not be the best resource or tool for helping with this.
  • (04:53) Elizabeth and Scott review the typical timeline for the recruiting process.
  • (07:35) Elizabeth reviews how recruiting firms help job seekers find a job.
  • (09:52) Scott and Elizabeth talk about how to stay motivated when hunting for that dream job.
  • (10:46) Elizabeth explains her recommended strategy for networking on LinkedIn.

To listen to the latest Murray Resources Podcast episodes, click the links below:

*Listen on Spotify*

*Listen on Apple Podcasts*

 

Contact Murray Resources to learn more about the high cost of job vacancies and how to reduce that cost by using a recruiting firm to fill those positions, or call us at (713) 935-0009

 

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The Hidden Costs of Understaffing

March 11th, 2019

What is understaffing really costing your company?

Over the past decade, many businesses have mastered the art of doing more with less. Quality improvement, re-engineering, and right-sizing initiatives have resulted in unparalleled gains for American business. But the long-standing mantra of running “lean and mean” is resulting in costs that few anticipated. In many instances, understaffing has become a real threat to future prosperity.

Is the key to success really making due with less or are the hidden costs of understaffing and lost opportunities a potential threat to your business? Consider the following example of Fairfield Print and Graphics, a mid-sized commercial printer.

Case Study: Fairfield Print and Graphics

Owned and operated by Richard Stafford, Fairfield lost two experienced graphic designers at the end of June. Rather than replace them, Mr. Stafford reasoned that he could juggle schedules and pay a little overtime to get the work done with his remaining staff. He calculated that he would save thousands of dollars.

We’ll Never Use You Again

Weir Trucking, Inc. contracted Fairfield to format and print its annual report, due to shareholders by July 15th. Preparing the report was a complex job, and because they were short-staffed, Fairfield employees worked a total of 120 overtime hours on the Weir project. While the reports were delivered on time, Weir became extremely upset because their logo was printed in the wrong shade of blue and one of the bar graphs contained erroneous information. Fairfield printed 5,000 correction inserts at a cost of $250 and refunded Weir half the $4,000 fee for the reports, but Weir vowed it would never use Fairfield’s services again.

Missed Opportunities

During July, First Community Bank, an existing customer, requested that Fairfield redesign and print an updated mortgage form. Likewise, Josef’s Fine Dining wanted a series of new coupon flyers produced. A potential new customer, Sky Hi Tech, was interested in having an employee handbook printed. Because Fairfield’s staff was already at maximum capacity, Mr. Stafford had to turn down the work – a revenue loss of $5,200. Whether any of these organizations will use Fairfield in the future is uncertain.

Not only was Fairfield forced to turn down work, it also had to pass on a strategic business opportunity. Ideas On-Line, creator of Fairfield’s Web site, finally had the time to design a new on-line ordering page. However, no one at Fairfield had time to work with Ideas On-Line, so Mr. Stafford had to postpone the project.

Painful Partings

Fairfield’s creative director and office supervisor, Cathy Lynn, always did more than her share. However, the added stress she felt during July proved too much. Cathy accepted a position with another company that offered her a comparable salary and a less demanding working environment. Mr. Stafford estimated that it would take one highly-experienced full-time designer and one part-time administrative assistant to replace Cathy.

Adding It Up

At the end of July, Mr. Stafford added up the “savings” that resulted from understaffing and compared them to the cost of hiring two new employees (See the table below entitled, “Fairfield Cost Comparison for July.”)

The decision to limp along short-staffed during July cost Fairfield $2,360 more than hiring two new employees. Over the course of a year, the company stood to lose almost $30,000. As disturbing, it took only one month to lose a valuable team member, several customers, and an opportunity to acquire e-commerce capability. In fact, all Fairfield gained from the decision was an office full of overworked and overstressed employees. Realizing his mistake, Mr. Stafford reconsidered and decided to hire three graphic designers (one to replace Cathy) and a part-time administrative assistant.

Fairfield Cost Comparison for July

Cost of UnderstaffingCost of Hiring
Weir insert correction$250Monthly salaries of two graphic designers (173 hrs x $18/hr x2)$6,228
Weir refund$2,000
Overtime (60 hrs x $15/hr x 2)$1,800
Lost revenue from turning down work$5,200Monthly benefits costs of two graphic designers ($850 x 2)$1,700
Monthly salary of an extra part-time administrator (86.5 hrs x $12/hr)$1,038
$10,288$7,928

Risks of Understaffing

Fairfield’s story may be fictitious, but the costs of understaffing are real. While sometimes a boon to short-term profitability, understaffing may expose your organization to unforeseen and unacceptable risks, including the following:

Scrap and Re-work—When organizations attempt to force more work through already constrained production processes, attention to detail tends to suffer. As a result, error rates typically rise.

Late Deliveries and Failure to Complete Projects On Time—Staff shortages affect production capabilities, which impairs your ability to meet production and project schedules.

Increased Stress—As employees are stretched to meet job requirements, their stress levels rise and they become incapable of maximizing their performance.

Customer Dissatisfaction—Delivery and quality problems invariably result in decreased customer satisfaction, which may be compounded by poor service from overworked and overstressed staff.

Increased Personnel Costs—Stress increases expense. As tension in the workplace rises, so does absenteeism, workers’ compensation claims, and the need for more management.

Increased Turnover—Burned-out employees don’t stay complacent. Even the best compensation packages may not make up for the decreased quality of life. Dissatisfied employees aren’t likely to stay around for long.

Inability to Capture New Opportunities—A company hard-pressed to meet its current commitments cannot hope to undertake new endeavors successfully.

Competitive Disadvantage—Without the capacity to ensure exceptional quality and service and to explore new business opportunities, organizations place themselves at a significant long-term disadvantage, compared to competitors that do not operate understaffed.

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

Don’t be fooled into believing that running lean always saves you money. The costs associated with lost business, reduced productivity, and increased workplace stress are often far greater than the cost of hiring. A well-staffed business allows your employees to do their best work, which gives you the best chance of remaining successful in today’s competitive Marketplace.

Murray Resources Can Help

It’s important to maintain adequate staff levels, but for most organizations hiring is not a core competency. If you’re spending your time finding and screening job candidates, your attention to critical business responsibilities becomes diverted.

Murray Resources can help you determine your personnel needs and suggest a number of alternatives to satisfy those requirements. Options we can offer you include the following:

Temporary Personnel Services—Qualified temporary personnel to work on assignment at your company during peak work periods.

 Direct Hire Services—We can assume responsibility for finding qualified candidates for your direct staff openings.

Temporary-to-Direct Hire Services—You can initially “try out” a promising candidate by placing him or her on assignment. If you are satisfied with the temporary employee’s performance, you can then offer that person a direct position.

 

Contact Murray Resources to learn more about how to avoid the hidden costs of understaffing through utilizing various recruiting and employment strategies, or call us at (713) 935-0009

 

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5 Health Checks for Your Hiring Process

February 26th, 2019

When it comes to the local job market, it’s highly competitive with an unemployment rate of 4.1%. So how can you contend for the best candidates and hire the top talent you need? It comes down to a healthy hiring process. To ensure yours is in great shape, here are five checks from Houston, TX staffing firm, Murray Resources, to be on the lookout for:

#1: Offers are accepted.

When you routinely extend offers that are accepted, it’s a sign your hiring process is in good working order and what your company is offering is competitive in areas such as compensation and benefits. A low offer-to-acceptance ratio, on the other hand, signals something’s off either with the candidate experience or the specifics of the offer.

#2: A reasonable cost-per-hire.

Whether you hire on your own or work with a local Houston, TX staffing agency, your cost-per-hire should be one that makes sense for the size of your organization and the volume of hiring you do. According to the Society for Human Resources, the average for US companies is $4,129. However, yours may be more or less depending on the position you’re filling.

#3: Time-to-hire doesn’t deter candidates.

This metric helps you keep track of the speed through which candidates move through the hiring process. Look to industry averages to assess yours. If it’s is too slow, then you’re going to lose out on top candidates who accept offers at companies moving faster. That’s why it’s important to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies.

For instance, once you know your time-to-hire, it might become clear it’s taking too long to source and recruit candidates. Taking steps like building a talent pipeline ahead of time can offset this.

#4: Positive online reviews.

Most candidates research the companies they’re applying to. As a result, if you have negative reviews from employees or applicants on sites like Glassdoor and others, it can impact the quality of those you’re attracting. Creating a positive candidate experience and maintaining a solid employer brand are therefore essential for organizations that want to compete for the best professionals.

#5: High retention rate of new hires.

An effective training and onboarding process translates into new employees who are happier, adjust faster and perform better. If, however, you’re experiencing a lot of turnover with your most recent hires, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate how you onboard them.

Would you like to outsource your hiring process to local Houston staffing experts?

For over 30 years, Murray Resources has helped high-performance organizations – including numerous Fortune 1000 companies – build better teams through custom staffing services, available to companies across Houston. And we have the awards to prove it. Contact us today to learn more.

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4 Easy Steps to a Great Mentoring Relationship with an Employee

February 12th, 2019

Being a good mentor means you’ve committed to helping someone else succeed in their career. It’s certainly a lot of responsibility. However, there’s much you can both learn from the relationship if you take the right approach. To ensure the experience is as fruitful as possible, here are four steps from Houston staffing industry experts, Murray Resources, to take during it:

Set clear goals.

This is the first and most important step. Having clear goals in place helps to define the process for everyone involved and it sets your employee up for success during the relationship as they have set objectives to work toward. So before your first meeting, make sure you ask yourself:

  • What do I want the mentee to gain through the experience?
  • How much time do I plan to spend with them?
  • How long will the process last?
  • How often will we meet?
  • Will it always be in person, or can we connect over the phone, Skype or other mediums?
  • What should the outcome look like?

Make them measurable.

When it comes to creating goals for your mentee, make sure they’re measurable, too. Otherwise, it’s difficult to verify they’re on the right track. For instance, if you’re in sales and your mentee is one of your associates, set the goal of increasing their sales by 10% over a certain time period. Then use that goal as the focal point to build the mentoring experience around.

Strive to get to know them on a personal level.

You don’t need to go out for drinks and try to be best friends. However, when you get to know the individual you’re mentoring more personally, you’ll learn how to best motivate them. You’ll also find out about what goes on in their life outside work, which can impact their effectiveness and performance in the office. These are all important details to know when you’re trying increase productivity and groom an employee for advancement.

Commit to regular meetings.

How often you meet is up to you. But it’s easy to blow off touch points when your calendar fills up and you get busy. However, regular meetings are a critical part of the mentoring relationship. These don’t always need to be formal; but there should be some where there’s an agenda and a longer conversation. They do need to be scheduled and adhered to consistently, though, for both you and your mentee to get the most from the program.

Looking for high potential talent to hire at your Houston company?

Murray Resources can help. We know staffing in Houston can be a challenge. However, our knowledge of the local job market runs deep and, as a result, we can give you unique access to talented individuals who are ready to step in and make an immediate impact at your organization. Contact us today to learn more.

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Signs You Should Hire That Houston Temp Full-Time

January 22nd, 2019

Temporary hiring offers a host of benefits, from coverage for sick and maternity leave to access to increased manpower without boosting overhead. When the need is over, the worker moves onto their next assignment. It’s a win for you both. Sometimes, though, you’re left to wonder whether you should extend a full-time offer to your Houston temp. Some signs to look for include:

They learn quickly.

A top Houston temp approaches training seriously and learns quickly. They ask questions, take notes, and come to you when they need clarification. As a result, you have total confidence they can perform their assignment properly. When you find someone who showcases qualities like these, they’re worth considering hiring for the long haul.

They do great work.

Your employees drive performance and profits at your company. That’s why, when you find someone who offers exceptional work – delivers on tasks, meets expectations and hits every deadline – you want to hold onto them. A great temp will be the one who approaches their role as if it already were a full-time job. You’ll see it in the quality of their work and their willingness to go the extra mile.

They fit in.

One of the advantages of temporary staffing is that you can see someone in action, not only in terms of technical skills, but soft skills too. This is important if you’re thinking about hiring full-time. You need people who mesh well with your culture and can become an asset within it, not a liability due to a cultural mismatch.

They have a positive attitude.

They’re pleasant to be around. There are no complaints when you ask them to switch gears or take on a new assignment. They understand it’s part of their job to be flexible and they’re ready, willing and able to handle change. If you’re looking to hire full-time, these are the kinds of employees who will help ensure operations runs smoothly.

At the end of the day, hiring a new employee is an issue of practicality. It comes down to the numbers and whether you can, in fact, sustain a full-time hire. However, if you’re realizing more and more your team has to expand, look for the signs above to ensure you’re making the best hiring decision for your company’s needs.

Partner with Murray Resources for your Houston temps.

Our broad-ranging candidate network enables us to source and screen proven performers who can step in on temporary basis and make an immediate contribution to your team. When you need Houston temps for your company, contact our recruiters.

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5 Trends for Recruiting in 2019

January 8th, 2019

It’s no different today than it was decades ago. Finding the right people is still a big challenge for employers. It’s “how” companies are recruiting that has shifted dramatically in recent years. For instance, in 2019, some trends in Houston recruiting to take advantage of that can put you on the competitive edge include:

Targeted recruiting.

Thanks to the rise in mobile devices, recruiters and hiring managers can learn a lot about the interests and habits of job candidates. The data can then be used in postings to effectively target more relevant talent for option positions. This not only cuts down on the time it takes to find the right-fit people, but costs, too.

Social recruiting.

When it comes to recruiting in Houston on social networks, LinkedIn is often the first site that comes to mind. But recruiters and hiring managers who understand the types of candidates they’re searching for know that’s not the only route to take. For instance, if you’re looking to hire millennials, Instagram is an important place to promote jobs since about 59% are active on the site.

Artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to gain in popularity in the recruiting and HR industry in the next 10 years. It can be used to simplify a host of mundane tasks, from reviewing resumes to find better matches through predictive analytics to searching the Web to gain a sense of a candidate’s online presence. There are even companies out there using AI for portions of the interview process.

Offering remote work.

Fifteen years ago, working from home often meant at a minimum wage job. In today’s world, all kinds of professionals, from entry level to executive, call home base their office. In fact, according to statistics, salaried work-at-home employees have grown in number by 140% since 2005. As younger generations enter the workforce and expect more scheduling flexibility from employers, this trend is expected to grow in the years ahead.

Employer branding.

While not a new trend, it’s a critically important one when it comes to hiring. Candidates today are savvy and want to work for companies with good reputations. It’s why 75% seek out research online before they apply to a job at a particular organization. So make sure you’re investing the time and effort to build a strong employer brand that’s going to attract the best talent.

Need help hiring in 2019?

Call the Houston recruiting team at Murray Resources. Our in-depth knowledge and experience allows us to pinpoint even the most highly-specialized professionals for a wide range of companies and projects throughout Houston. Whether your needs are full-time / direct hire or temporary / contract, we can help.

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5 Techniques for Creating a More Positive Candidate Experience

December 26th, 2018

Every hiring process is unique. Sometimes, it’s even different within the same company. However, as Houston headhunters, Murray Resources recommends that one feature they should all have in common is creating a positive experience for the candidate. When candidates are welcomed and respected, it not only helps attract better-quality talent, but also boosts the company’s employer reputation overall. So if yours could use some improvement, here are 5 techniques to incorporate now:

#1: Be open about the process.

Communication – or lack of – is often the most frustrating part of the hiring process for candidates. So commit to making it better for those you recruit and interview. From the start, be clear about what the hiring process looks like and then make sure you follow through. Talk about what to expect, how many interviews there will be, what candidates need to bring, how soon you’ll follow up and any other important details to share.

#2: Ask insightful questions.

Top candidates are assessing you just as much as you’re evaluating them. That’s why the quality of the questions you ask is key. Avoid the off-the-wall or irrelevant ones that aim to put candidates in the hot seat. Instead, stick to time-tested questions, such as behavioral ones, as well as those that enable you to dig deeper into each candidate’s background and expertise.

#3: Promote the opportunity.

When it comes to hiring, it’s a two-way street. Beyond candidates selling themselves and persuading you as to why they’re the best fit, it’s important for you to promote the opportunity, as well. As Houston headhunters, we know that today’s top candidates have their choice in offers, so discuss what makes your company and the position different. Focus on areas such as perks and benefits, culture and leadership, innovation and stewardship, or continuing education and advancement.

#4: Ask for feedback.

If your top-pick candidates are consistently turning you down, there’s a reason. It’s important to find out why so you can identify areas that need improvement in your hiring process. You can even create online anonymous surveys so candidates feel more comfortable being honest.

#5: Turn to Houston headhunters.

If you’re still in need of assistance interviewing candidates, turn to a professional team of Houston headhunters. Whether you want them to take on the job of interviewing fully, or you simply need some tips and advice on creating a better experience, they’re experts in the process. In the end, their goal is to help you bring on board the best possible candidate, while minimizing your risk of a hiring mistake.

Interested in learning more from some of Houston’s top headhunters?

Call Murray Resources. We can help you identify talent quickly and place the right people in the right positions, at the right time.

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6 Sure-Fire Ways for Spotting the Strongest Candidates

December 11th, 2018

When you’re hiring, you want top-quality candidates and the right-fit new hire. Sometimes, though, it can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Everyone either feels like they could be a potential fit or no one even comes close. Plus, the clock’s ticking and you need to hire. How can you spot the strongest candidates and keep your hiring process moving along? With these 6 sure-fire tips from Houston’s professional recruiters at Murray Resources:

#1: Make sure they followed directions when applying.

It might sound nit-picky, but if you asked candidates to include a certain subject line when applying and some don’t, it’s an indication they lack attention to detail. If they can’t follow directions when applying for a job, what can you expect from them once in the role?

#2: Evaluate the kinds of questions they’re asking.

Is a candidate asking run-of-the-mill, generic questions they found online? Or are they truly trying to dig deep to understand the role, get to know your company, and discern whether it’s all the right fit for them? The quality of their questions will also give you insight into how they think and what’s important to them.

#3: Talk about past mistakes.

Everyone hates the weaknesses question. But when a candidate can be open and honest about it, explaining what they learned from their biggest failure, it demonstrates accountability and transparency. People make mistakes; even the strongest candidates. It’s how they handle the crisis that can come after, what they learn from it, and how they apply it all that truly sets one apart over another.

#4: Create a mock scenario.

There’s nothing like seeing a candidate in action to help you evaluate whether or not they’re going to be a good fit for you. So, for instance, if you’re hiring a front desk receptionist, create a scenario where they have to answer a call and handle a client. It doesn’t need to be anything complex. However, it’s a simple way for you to ensure they have the skills and abilities to perform well in the role. That way, you can avoid surprises.

#5: Take them to lunch.

If you have a short list of candidates you’re considering, take each one to lunch with a few of your department members. Let them get to know your staff, ask questions and interact, all so you can evaluate how well they mesh. This can go a long way in ensuring they have more than just the technical aptitude to do the job, but the personality to complement the team.

#6: Don’t forget about references.

As professional recruiters in Houston, we know that reference checking is a time-consuming step. However, it’s a necessary one if you want to make sure a candidate that seems like a great fit is really going to be. So don’t skip it.

Also, when you call, ask more than just about job titles and tasks. Dig deeper to find out details like what work environment the candidate operates best in, how well they handle stress, what their biggest strength is and what past employers miss most about them.

If you’d like help sourcing the strongest candidates for your organization, call Houston’s professional recruiters at Murray Resources. We can help you locate and attract today’s top talent, all so you can build the most cohesive team possible. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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2019 Recruiting Conferences Event Calendar

December 10th, 2018

Below is a Human Resources / HR conference calendar for 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 December 2018. Dates and locations subject to change – please verify)

 

Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

January 30 – February 1, 2019

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, 555 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94133

https://socialrecruitingstrategies.com/

 

ATD TechKnowledge

February 6 – 8, 2019

West Palm Beach, Florida

https://techknowledge.td.org/?_ga=2.121072651.2040264694.1538535094-246727068.1538535094

 

Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech

February 20 – 22, 2019

Caesars Palace, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

http://recruitingtrendsconf.com/

 

HIRE19

February 26 – 27, 2019

Pier 27, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/

 

2019 People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference

March 5 – 7, 2019

InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL

http://www.hci.org/pawp-conference/2019

 

Center for Workplace Compliance – 2019 Policy Conference

March 6 – 8, 2019

Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

https://www.cwc.org/CWC/Conferences/Policy_Conference/CWC/Conferences/Policy_Conference___Landing.aspx

 

i4cp 2019 Annual Conference

March 11 – 14, 2019

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

https://www.i4cp.com/conference

 

WorkHuman 2019 Conference

March 18 – 21, 2019

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN

https://www.workhuman.com/

 

HR Transform

March 26 – 28, 2019

MGM Grand, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

https://transform.us/

 

New York City SHRM Annual Conference

April 5, 2019

Convene, 101 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006

https://www.nycshrm.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1123424&group=

 

Health & Benefits Leadership Conference

April 24 – 26, 2019

ARIA Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89158

http://www.benefitsconf.com/

 

2019 Inclusive Diversity Conference

May 6 – 7 2019

Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102

http://www.hci.org/id-conference/2019

 

2019 Oklahoma Human Resources Conference & Expo

May 8 – 10, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center, 2501 Conference Dr, Norman, OK 73069

https://www.okhrconference.com/

 

Talent Acquisition Compliance Summit

May 9 – 10 2019

Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

https://www.cwc.org/CWC/Conferences/Talent_Acquisition_Compliance_Summit/CWC/Conferences/Talent_Conference___Landing.aspx

 

RECRUITCON 2019 Talent Aquisition Event

May 9 – 10 2019

Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recruitcon-2019-the-nations-most-popular-talent-acquisition-event-for-employers-blr-s-tickets-46308445808

 

Indeed Interactive

May 13 – 15 2019

Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

http://indeedinteractive.com/?utm_source=vivahr-hr-conferences

 

UNLEASH America 2019

May 14 – 15 2019

Las Vegas Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158

https://www.unleashgroup.io/america

 

American Payroll Association’s 37th Annual Congress

May 14 – 18, 2019

Long Beach, CA (no specific venue yet)

https://apacongress.com/

 

2019 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

June 10 – 12, 2019

Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO 80202

http://www.hci.org/sta-conference/2019

 

2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

June 23 – 26, 2019

Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV

http://annual.shrm.org/?_ga=2.86944784.980074553.1532142198-1440021468.1532142198

 

2019 Employee Engagement Conference

July 29 – 31 2019

Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO 80202

http://www.hci.org/ee-conference/2019

 

HR Florida State Conference & Expo

August 25 – 28, 2019

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

http://hrfloridaconference.org/

 

California HR Conference 2019

August 25 – 28, 2019

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach

https://cahrconference.org/

 

Texas SHRM Global HR Conference

September 11, 2019

Norris Conference Center, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Houston, TX

http://texasshrmglobalconference.org/

 

2019 IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo

September 21 – 25, 2019

Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33131

https://www.ipma-hr.org/events/detail/2019/09/21/default-calendar/2019-ipma-hr-international-training-conference-expo

 

HR Technology Conference & Exposition

October 1 – 4, 2019

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

http://www.hrtechnologyconference.com/future.html

 

 

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4 Tips for Taking the Pain Out of Year-End Performance Reviews

November 27th, 2018

That time of the year is upon us: performance reviews. It’s certainly not everyone’s favorite obligation, but when approached right, can be extremely valuable. The trick is, how do you make them easy and painless – and derive value from them? It’s simpler than you might think. Here are a few steps to take from the Houston, Texas headhunters at Murray Resources to help with your next round:

Don’t pass on preparing.

The more you and your employees put into preparing for performance reviews, the more you’ll both get out of them. As the boss, that’s a lot of work depending on the size of your team. However, if you walk into a review without a lot of thought as to goals and expectations, you’re simply wasting everyone’s time. Instead, you owe it to your staff members to make the effort and truly review past performance, thinking through strengths, weaknesses and goals for the future.

Be clear about your expectations.

There’s no need for high and lofty objectives and big-picture strategies when it comes to this conversation. Keep it simple and clear. Let your employees know where they stand. Don’t be vague or sugar coat. Just have a conversation in plain language that outlines what’s working, what’s not and what you need going forward. If your employees leave their reviews uncertain about your expectations, they’re not going to hit your targets.

Keep development top of mind.

Remember, as the manager, it’s your job to ensure your people are learning and growing. That’s why a performance review is a good time to talk about career advancement, general goals and development. Ask your employees what they like about their jobs and what they’d give up. Also talk about where they see themselves in the company in the future. When you take a sincere interest in the careers of your employees, not only will they be stronger for it, but they’ll feel more valued.

Don’t blindside.

If an employee is having major performance issues, don’t wait until a review to bring it up. Instead, this should be dealt with in a timely manner as it’s occurring. If it’s already a known problem, you might bring it up to discuss progress. However, your employee shouldn’t be hearing about it for the first time in a review. This will throw the conversation completely off track and away from overall performance.

As Houston, Texas headhunters, Murray Resources knows that organizations take all different kinds of approaches when it comes to conducting performance reviews. Whatever your’s looks like, incorporate the tips above and you’ll be well on your way to a less painful and more productive review process.

Need help finding top-quality performers for your team in 2019?

Call the Houston, Texas headhunters at Murray Resources. We’re the local source for high-quality talent, quickly. We’ll learn about your goals and needs, source top-fit talent, and help you make the best hiring decisions possible for your team. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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How to Interview and Hire Top People Each and Every Time

November 20th, 2018

A Guide to Hiring the Best Talent

The most important aspect of any business is recruiting, selecting, and retaining top people. Research shows that those organizations that spend more time recruiting high-caliber people earn 22% higher return to shareholders than their industry peers. However, most employers do a miserable job selecting people, having little knowledge of how to interview and hire top people each and every time. Many companies rely on outdated and ineffective interviewing and hiring techniques. This critical responsibility sometimes gets the least emphasis.

Below are several reasons why traditional hiring and interviewing techniques are inadequate:

  • The majority of applicants “exaggerate” to get a job
  • Most hiring decisions are made by intuition during the first few minutes of the interview
  • Two out of three hires prove to be a bad fit within the first year on the job
  • Most interviewers are not properly trained, nor do they like to interview applicants
  • Excellent employees are misplaced and grow frustrated in jobs where they are unable to utilize their strengths

A Five-Step Interviewing Process

Cisco CEO John Chambers said, “A world-class engineer with five peers can outproduce 200 regular engineers.” Instead of waiting for people to apply for jobs, top organizations spend more time looking for high-caliber people. An effective selection and interviewing process follow these five steps:

Step 1 | Prepare – Prior to the interview make sure you understand the key elements of the job. Develop a simple outline that covers the job duties. Possibly work with the incumbent or people familiar with the various responsibilities to understand what the job is about. Screen the resumes and applications to gain information for the interview. Standardize and prepare the questions you will ask each applicant.

Step 2 | Purpose – Skilled and talented people have more choices and job opportunities from which to choose. The interviewer forms the applicant’s first impression of the company. Not only are you trying to determine the best applicant, but you also have to convince the applicant this is the best place for them to work.

Step 3 | Performance – Identify the knowledge, attributes, and skills the applicant needs for success. If the job requires special education or licensing, be sure to include it on your list. Identify the top seven attributes or competencies the job requires and structure the interview accordingly. Some of these attributes might include:

  • What authority the person has to discipline, hire, and/or fire others and establish performance objectives
  • What financial responsibility, authority, and control the person has
  • What decision-making authority the person has
  • How this person is held accountable for performance objectives for their team, business unit, or organization
  • The consequences they are responsible for when mistakes are made.

Step 4 | People Skills – The most difficult to determine, as well as the most important part of the process, is identifying the people skills a person brings to the job. Each applicant wears a “mask.” A good interviewing and selecting process discovers who is behind that mask and determines if a match exists between the individual and the job. By understanding the applicant’s personality style, values, and motivations, you are guaranteed to improve your hiring and selecting process.

Pre-employment profiles are an important aspect of the hiring process for a growing number of employers. By using behavioral assessments and personality profiles, organizations can quickly learn how the person will interact with their co-workers, customers, and direct reports. They provide an accurate analysis of an applicant’s behaviors and attitudes, otherwise left to subjective judgment.

Step 5 | Process – The best interviews follow a structured process. This doesn’t mean the entire process is inflexible without spontaneity. Rather, each applicant is asked the same questions and is scored with a consistent rating process. A structured approach helps to avoid bias and gives all applicants a fair chance. The best way to accomplish this is by using behavioral-based questions and situational questions.

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50 Best Behavior-Based Interview Questions To Ask

November 17th, 2018

Behavioral-based interviews emphasize past performance as a predictor of future performance. While the questions and characteristics listed below are by no means comprehensive, they should provide a great starting point for your next behavioral interview.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Leadership:

  • Tell me about a time when you accomplished something significant that wouldn’t have happened if you had not been there to make it happen.
  • Tell me about a time when you were able to step into a situation, take charge, muster support and achieve good results.
  • Describe for me a time when you may have been disappointed in your behavior.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to discipline or fire a friend.
  • Tell me about a time when you’ve had to develop leaders under you.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Initiative and Follow-through:

  • Give me an example of a situation where you had to overcome major obstacles to achieve your objectives.
  • Tell me about a goal that you set that took a long time to achieve or that you are still working towards.
  • Tell me about a time when you won (or lost) an important contract.
  • Tell me about a time when you used your political savvy to push a program through that you really believed in.
  • Tell me about a situation that you had a significant impact on because of your follow-through.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Thinking and Problem Solving:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to analyze facts quickly, define key issues, and respond immediately or develop a plan that produced good results.
  • If you had to do that activity over again, how would you do it differently?
  • Describe for me a situation where you may have missed an obvious solution to a problem.
  • Tell me about a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventative measures.
  • Tell me about a time when you surmounted a major obstacle.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Communication:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to present a proposal to a person in authority and were able to do this successfully.
  • Tell me about a situation where you had to be persuasive and sell your idea to someone else.
  • Describe for me a situation where you persuaded team members to do things your way. What was the effect?
  • Tell me about a time when you were tolerant of an opinion that was different from yours.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Working Effectively with Others:

  • Give me an example that would show that you’ve been able to develop and maintain productive relations with others, though there were differing points of view.
  • Tell me about a time when you were able to motivate others to get the desired results.
  • Tell me about a difficult situation with a co-worker, and how you handled it.
  • Tell me about a time when you played an integral role in getting a team (or work group) back on track.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Work Quality:

  • Tell me about a time when you wrote a report that was well received. What do you attribute that to?
  • Tell me about a time when you wrote a report that was not well received. What do you attribute that to?
  • Tell me about a specific project or program that you were involved with that resulted in improvement in a major work area.
  • Tell me about a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Creativity and Innovation:

  • Tell me about a situation in which you were able to find a new and better way of doing something significant.
  • Tell me about a time when you were creative in solving a problem.
  • Describe a time when you were able to come up with new ideas that were key to the success of some activity or project.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to bring out the creativity in others.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Priority Setting:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to balance competing priorities and did so successfully.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to pick out the most important things in some activity and make sure those got done.
  • Tell me about a time that you prioritized the elements of a complicated project.
  • Tell me about a time when you got bogged down in the details of a project.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Decision Making:

  • Describe for me a time when you had to make an important decision with limited facts.
  • Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
  • Describe for me a time when you had to adapt to a difficult situation. What did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you made a bad decision.
  • Tell me about a time when you hired (or fired) the wrong person.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Ability to Work in Varying Work Conditions (stress, changing deadlines, etc.):

  • Tell me about a time when you worked effectively under pressure.
  • Tell me about a time when you were unable to complete a project on time.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to change work mid-stream because of changing organizational priorities.
  • Describe for me what you do to handle stressful situations.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Delegation

  • Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively.
  • Tell me about a time when you did a poor job of delegating.
  • Describe for me a time when you had to delegate to a person with a full workload, and how you went about doing it.

If You’re Looking For Behaviors that Revolve Around Customer Service

  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an irate customer.
  • Tell me about one or two customer-service related programs that you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of.
  • Tell me about a time when you made a lasting, positive impression on a customer.

Every temporary or contract candidate we present for a position has been through rigorous skill and assessment testing to ensure they have both the skills and behavioral work style to match the job requirements and your company’s culture.

Our MASTR (Murray Assessment, Screening, Testing and Referencing) recruiting and candidate assessment process assures the highest quality matches between job seeker and employer, so your firm will receive candidates who not only have the right qualifications but who also have the appropriate personality and cultural fit for your organization. Learn more about our process.

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Looking for Your Next Company Leader? Here’s What to Ask in an Interview

November 13th, 2018

Great leaders add value to your company in the form of innovation, collaboration, and higher productivity and profits. Poor leaders, on the other hand, can truly drag a team down, eating away at the bottom line.

But when it comes time to hire your next company leader, how do you get behind the candidate mask and tell whether the person you’re evaluating really has what you’re looking for or if they just sound great in an interview? The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources can help. Start with these questions related to the following key areas:

Opportunities

  • Explain a time when you identified a business opportunity you wanted your company to take advantage of?
  • How did you recognize it? Why did you think it was important?
  • How did you make the case for it? What kind of support did you ask for and get?
  • What challenges did you face long the way?
  • What was the overall outcome?

Successes

  • Tell me about a project you’re most proud of. What was the outcome?
  • Explain a time when your idea improved your company in some way?
  • Talk about a time when a project didn’t work out the way you hoped.
  • How do you go about persuading people when they don’t agree with or share your vision?

Employee Relationships

  • What would you do if you had an employee quit at the last minute and you were under pressure due to a tight deadline?
  • What’s your strategy for monitoring the performance of individuals on your team?
  • How do you go about keeping your people motivated? What do you do when you see someone getting off track?
  • How would you describe your individual leadership style?

As candidates are answering these questions, look for those who can get as specific as possible with examples, statistics, percentages, timelines and dollar amounts. As Houston recruiters, we know vague answers are often a red flag. A few other warning signs to be on the lookout for include:

  • Negativity and arrogance. This isn’t the kind of attitude that will motivate a team to succeed.
  • Discrepancies. If something doesn’t align with what a candidate wrote on their resume, make sure you ask plenty of follow up questions to find out the truth.
  • Rigidness. Good leaders are flexible and need to be able to adjust. If there’s any sense of inflexibility, this could be a sign of how they manage their team, which is a challenge even under the best of circumstances.
  • Defensiveness. If you ask questions and get defensiveness in return, you’re going to wonder why. It could be a sign that a candidate isn’t willing to take on accountability when issues arise.

Get professional help hiring your next company leaders.

With Murray Resources we make it easy. In fact, as award-winning Houston recruiters, we’ve helped high-performance organizations – including numerous Fortune 1000 companies – build their teams for over 30 years. Contact us today to learn more about what makes us different.

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2019 Human Resources (HR) Conferences Event Calendar

October 23rd, 2018

Below are the top Human Resources / HR conferences U.S. HR 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 October 2018. Dates and locations subject to change – please verify)

 

Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

January 30 – February 1, 2019

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco, 555 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94133

https://socialrecruitingstrategies.com/

 

ATD TechKnowledge

February 6 – 8, 2019

West Palm Beach, Florida

https://techknowledge.td.org/?_ga=2.121072651.2040264694.1538535094-246727068.1538535094

 

Recruiting Trends & Talent Tech

February 20 – 22, 2019

Caesars Palace, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

http://recruitingtrendsconf.com/

 

Hiring Success Conference 2019

February 26 – 27, 2019

Pier 27, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/hiring-success/americas/

 

2019 People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference

March 5 – 7, 2019

InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL

http://www.hci.org/pawp-conference/2019

 

Center for Workplace Compliance – 2019 Policy Conference

March 6 – 8, 2019

Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

https://www.cwc.org/CWC/Conferences/Policy_Conference/CWC/Conferences/Policy_Conference___Landing.aspx

 

i4cp 2019 Annual Conference

March 11 – 14, 2019

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

https://www.i4cp.com/conference

 

HR West 2019 Conference

March 11 – 13, 2019

Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

http://www.hrwest.org/

 

WorkHuman 2019 Conference

March 18 – 21, 2019

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN

https://www.workhuman.com/

 

HR Transform

March 26 – 28, 2019

MGM Grand, 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

https://transform.us/

 

New York City SHRM Annual Conference

April 5, 2019

Convene, 101 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006

https://www.nycshrm.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1123424&group=

 

2019 SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition

April 8 – 10, 2019

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

https://conferences.shrm.org/talent-conference?_ga=2.225416216.349283778.1550105309-1733726600.1550105309

 

Health & Benefits Leadership Conference

April 24 – 26, 2019

ARIA Resort & Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89158

http://www.benefitsconf.com/

 

2019 Inclusive Diversity Conference

May 6 – 7 2019

Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102

http://www.hci.org/id-conference/2019

 

2019 Oklahoma Human Resources Conference & Expo

May 8 – 10, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Conference Center, 2501 Conference Dr, Norman, OK 73069

https://www.okhrconference.com/

 

Indeed Interactive

May 13 – 15, 2019

Austin Convention Center, St. Entrance, 500 E Cesar Chavez St #4th, Austin, TX 78701

https://indeedinteractive.com/?utm_source=vivahr-hr-conferences#travel-accommodations

 

Talent Acquisition Compliance Summit

May 9 – 10 2019

Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

https://www.cwc.org/CWC/Conferences/Talent_Acquisition_Compliance_Summit/CWC/Conferences/Talent_Conference___Landing.aspx

 

UNLEASH America 2019

May 14 – 15 2019

Las Vegas Aria Resort & Casino, 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158

https://www.unleashgroup.io/america

 

American Payroll Association’s 37th Annual Congress

May 14 – 18, 2019

Long Beach, CA (no specific venue yet)

https://apacongress.com/

 

ATD International Conference & Exposition

May 19 – 22, 2019

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

https://atdconference.td.org/about

 

2019 Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference

June 10 – 12, 2019

Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO 80202

http://www.hci.org/sta-conference/2019

 

Greenhouse Open

June 12 – 13, 2019

Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001

https://greenhouseopen.com/

 

2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

June 23 – 26, 2019

Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV

http://annual.shrm.org/?_ga=2.86944784.980074553.1532142198-1440021468.1532142198

 

Culture Summit

June 25 – 27, 2019

City View at Metreon, 135 4th St #4000, San Francisco, CA 94103

https://www.culturesummit.co/

 

2019 Employee Engagement Conference

July 29 – 31 2019

Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO 80202

http://www.hci.org/ee-conference/2019

 

HR Florida State Conference & Expo

August 25 – 28, 2019

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

http://hrfloridaconference.org/

 

California HR Conference 2019

August 25 – 28, 2019

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach

https://cahrconference.org/

 

Texas SHRM Global HR Conference

September 11, 2019

Norris Conference Center, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Houston, TX

http://texasshrmglobalconference.org/

 

2019 IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo

September 21 – 25, 2019

Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33131

https://www.ipma-hr.org/events/detail/2019/09/21/default-calendar/2019-ipma-hr-international-training-conference-expo

 

HR Technology Conference & Exposition

October 1 – 4, 2019

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

http://www.hrtechnologyconference.com/future.html

 

 

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Want to Attract Top Talent? Create Opportunities, Not Just Openings

October 23rd, 2018

When it comes to attracting and hiring the best, it’s important to move beyond salary and benefits. In fact, according to a recent survey by Indeed, only 12% of employees cited salary as an important factor in their job. Not only that, but 55% said they’d consider turning down a pay raise if it meant a work environment or co-workers they didn’t like.

Clearly, it’s more about the opportunity and less just about the money. So how can you focus on those offerings that will attract high-quality people to your company? Here are some tips from Murray Resources – one of Houston, TX’s top staffing agencies – to get you started:

Flexibility.

For a huge number of job candidates, flexibility is one of the top factors they consider when making career decisions, whether it’s through flex scheduling, telecommuting daily, or working from home one day a week.

Reputation.

Top candidates want to work for those companies that offer great products, innovative technology and have a strong reputation for stability in their industry.

Educational opportunities.

The smartest workers don’t want to stay where they are. Instead, they want to be able to access educational opportunities that help them acquire new skills and put them to use, adding more value to their employer’s bottom line.

Opportunities to advance.

In addition to educational opportunities, quality candidates want to work for companies where they know they can get ahead. So if you have a policy for internal promotions, play it up during the interview and hiring process.

Supportive culture.

Self-aware candidates will understand how they’re wired and look for those companies that have a culture that’s a fit for them. So during the interview and hiring process, make sure you educate candidates about your culture and what it’s like to be a part of the team.

Strong leadership.

The best candidates don’t want to put their careers into the hands of companies without great leaders. They’re looking for those organizations that have an executive team with a solid strategic vision and a passion for achieving the company’s mission.

Fairness, respect and integrity.

How you treat candidates during the interview process will send a loud and clear message as to how employees are treated on the job. So make sure you’re always respectful, communicating openly and honestly with all those you’re considering hiring.

Get help promoting the advantages of your employer brand and hiring the top candidates you need.

Hiring and promoting your employer brand to candidates takes a lot of work. If you don’t have enough time for the task in your busy schedule, consider handing it off to the team who can help: Murray Resources. As one of Houston, TX’s top staffing agencies, we have the experienced recruiters and expert process, all to deliver exceptional results in the form of high caliber employees.

Contact our Houston, TX staffing agency today to learn more or get started.

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What Candidates Expect from the Hiring Process

October 9th, 2018

During the hiring process, you’re focused on trying to source and screen top candidates. But are you also investing some time and effort into what the experience is like for applicants? As leading Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows if you’re not, you could unintentionally be sending the wrong message and, as a result, harming your employer brand.

To ensure that’s not happening, here’s a look at what candidates expect:

Respect.

Candidates aren’t simply potential new hires. They’re also potential customers who can sway other prospective customers about how your company is run. So if they have a poor candidate experience – for instance, you promise to call them back after an interview and never do – then they’ll have a negative impression of your company. Thanks to social media, that’s an opinion they can broadcast to hundreds or even thousands of people.

A smooth process.

If hiring is taking months instead of weeks, then you’re going to lose out on your top candidates. Either they’re going to get frustrated and drop out of the running, or another company is going to extend them an offer before you do.

Sometimes, your hands are tied and there’s not a lot you can do about a lengthy process. When that’s the case, make sure you keep candidates in the loop. Send them regular emails informing them about progress and letting them know that the hiring process is still rolling along, albeit slowly.

Communication.

Speaking of communication, as Houston recruiters, we know that candidates expect a good amount of it. Unfortunately, though, many times they’re left in the dark. But even if they’re not right for a particular position, they could be the perfect fit for another job down the line. It’s therefore always important to communicate quickly with candidates and let them know where they stand. Even if it’s bad news, they’ll appreciate the feedback so they can move on.

Keep in mind, in today’s world filled with Tweets and social media rants, a positive employer brand is more important than ever. While you might think you’d never hire someone who complained about your company on social media, they could still impact many people’s perception of your organization and how well it’s run. That’s why it’s important to be considerate of candidates and communicate with them regularly throughout the hiring process.

Interested in outsourcing hiring to local experts?

Give Murray Resources a call. Our top priority is delivering exceptional job candidates, not good candidates who may have the adequate skills. But people who are truly top performers. If you’re ready to take advantage of all our Houston recruiters can offer your team, contact us today.

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Own a Small Business? Here’s How to Hire Smarter

September 25th, 2018

Hiring is one of the most important aspects of your business. But it can also be one of the hardest. After all, it’s tough to really tell what a candidate is like on paper. Even when they’re in your office for an interview, they’re typically only showcasing their strengths and skills, all while offering you the right answers.

On top of that, as a small business in Houston, you don’t have the robust HR department that a large corporation does. You’re on your own when it comes to hiring and if you’re not well-trained in interview and evaluation techniques, it can be tough to find and recruit the best quality candidates.

To help make the process easier for you – so you can focus on running your business and increasing profitability – here are some tips from Houston staffing firm, Murray Resources, to put to use:

Source candidates from the right places.

General job boards are a good place to start. But don’t focus solely on them. Make sure you’re targeting those avenues that reach the specific talent you need. For instance, if you’re looking to hire an IT person, attend a hack-a-thon or network at an industry event.

Get references from employees.

Another great place to find out about top talent is to ask your current team of employees. Find out from them whether they know anyone who’d be a good fit for the position. You might want to even implement a rewards policy if you hire someone an employee referred.

Be clear about the position.

It’s difficult for a candidate to know whether a job is the right fit for them if they only have vague details. Both in the job posting, as well as during the interview and hiring process, it’s therefore critical that you’re clear about what the job entails, including day-to-day tasks, as well as any challenges a new hire might encounter.

Promote your strengths.

As a small business in Houston, there are plenty of good reasons why candidates should want to work for you. Make sure they know what they are. Whether it’s your flexible work policy, easy-going atmosphere, or great pay and benefits, it’s important to not only focus on your needs during the hiring process, but a candidate’s as well.

Don’t move too quickly or settle for less than what you need.

When you need to hire, it’s often under the gun. As a leading staffing firm in Houston, we get that. But don’t let that lead to a hasty hiring decision or hiring someone you’re not sure about. If you do, then the chances of a mistake are far greater.

Don’t forget about training and onboarding.

Once you hire your new employee, the work doesn’t end there. It’s just as important for you to offer an onboarding and training program to welcome them and get them up to speed faster.

Ready for help with hiring for your small business?

Murray Resources is here for your team. As a leading provider of staffing in Houston, we can help you find the qualified people 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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Tips for Communicating with Candidates During the Hiring Process

September 11th, 2018

When you’re in the middle of hiring, you’re focused on sourcing and screening talent. But did you know that how you communicate with candidates is just as critical during the process? When you keep them in the loop, they’ll appreciate it, building goodwill and a strong employer brand in the process – even if they don’t get hired.

On the other hand, when they’re in the dark or never hear back, they’ll become frustrated and disgruntled with your company. They might even lash out on social media.

To avoid this happening to you, here are a few tips from Murray Resources, top Houston headhunters, for communicating with candidates:

Create an auto response for resumes.

Don’t leave candidates wondering whether you received their resume. Instead, set up an auto response so they know their application materials are under review. These are easy to create and will not only notify candidates that you received their resume, but help keep them informed about the process and the next steps going forward.

Stay connected with those you interview.

For those candidates you’re actively interviewing, stay in touch with them regularly. An occasional touchpoint email is an easy and effective way to let them know the progress of hiring and when to expect a decision. It’s also important to thank them for their patience and tell them you appreciate their time interviewing with you.

Communicate with candidates you don’t hire.

For those who don’t make the cut, inform them as soon as possible. You want to create a positive experience for them and possibly continue the relationship if they were a strong candidate. Communicating with them openly – and in a timely manner – is a good way to do that.

Make hiring decisions quickly.

One of the top ways to lose out on talented candidates and to increase their frustration with your hiring process is to drag your feet when it comes to making a decision. Instead, keep the process moving along swiftly. If there’s a hang up, keep candidates informed throughout it so they don’t feel ignored.

Need more help with your hiring process?

Call the team at Murray Resources. As top Houston headhunters, we’ve been working with leading organizations to identify their human resource needs, locate top talent, and maximize employee productivity. Simply contact us today to get started or learn more about how we can help your company.

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4 Tips for Improving Engagement

August 28th, 2018

When it comes to peak performance and productivity, employee engagement plays a big part. You need your people to do more than just show up and perform the bare minimum to get by. You need workers who are truly passionate about what they do and motivated to succeed.

So how can you boost engagement and bring out the best in your team members? With these tips from Murray Resources, a leading staffing agency in Houston TX:

Focus on cultural fit when hiring.

One of the best ways to build engagement is during the hiring process, before you even bring an employee on board. Finding those people who are going to be a fit not simply for the role, but also for your company at large is vital. You need to ensure values, beliefs, behaviors and backgrounds align with your organization. When they do, you’ll have employees who are happier at work, along with being more engaged and productive, as a result.

Offer skills training.

When it comes to the workplace, it’s moving ahead at a rapid pace with new advancements and technologies around every corner. If you want your team to take advantage of these, you need to offer training and support. Otherwise, skills will become stagnant, impacting performance, productivity and engagement.

Define goals and expectations.

When your team knows what you expect from them today and your vision for the future tomorrow, they’re going to become more efficient and productive. But it’s up to you to communicate all this to your employees. Beyond discussing specific goals, it’s also important to give your employees a big-picture perspective so they understand how their work and performance impact the organization as a whole.

Provide feedback and support.

Don’t wait until an employee gets completely off track before you offer feedback. Instead, you should be meeting regularly and informally with your staff members to offer them insight into areas where their performance needs to be improved, as well as to praise and recognize them for work well done. If they need to acquire new skills or knowledge, provide the support and resources necessary to help them along the way.

When employees are engaged, not only are they more productive, but more loyal too. In the long run, a solid employee engagement program can therefore increase retention rates, as well.

Need help finding the right workers to engage on your team?

Call the experts 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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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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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 & HR Conferences Event Calendar

July 22nd, 2018

Below is a Human Resources / HR conference calendar for 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 October 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Need Help with Staffing in Houston? Here’s Why You Should Choose a Local Firm

January 23rd, 2018

Whether you don’t have enough time in your day, or the manpower on your team to meet your staffing demands, you know you need professional help. At the same time, with so many staffing firms in Houston to choose from, it can be tough to find the one that’s right for you. One criteria you should look for is a firm that’s local. When you do, you can benefit from a variety of distinct advantages, including:

More detailed understanding of the local candidate market.

When it comes to staffing firms, local, Houston ones will have a deeper understanding of the city’s candidate market. As a result, they’ll not only be able to find talented professionals faster, but also those who are higher quality, too. On top of that, they will have more knowledge about how to attract top candidates, from the right level of compensation to offer to what the area’s professionals are looking for in potential employers.

More knowledge about your company.

When you work with a local provider of staffing in Houston, they can get to know your company better, as well as its unique staffing needs. Through tours and regular on-site visits, they can gain a more in-depth understanding – not to mention a first-hand look – at your organization and its culture. As a result, they can help you stay optimally staffed with more targeted and effective recommendations and advice.

More insight into local business challenges.

If you’re working with a national company, it can tough for them to fully understand the nuances of your company and the issues you face with staffing and hiring. However, when you partner with a local provider of staffing in Houston, instead, they will have a better understanding of the marketplace and business challenges you’re dealing with on a regular basis.

More personalized service.

When you work with a local staffing firm – versus a larger national provider – you can expect a more personal relationship and services that are specifically tailored to your unique business demands. You’ll also often get a team who’s more responsive to your needs and who can stay in closer contact with you more frequently. These are professionals who are focused on building a long-term relationship with you, not simply on filling empty seats.

Get more with a local staffing firm!

As a leading provider of staffing in Houston, Murray Resources can help you find the qualified people 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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4 Tips for Recruiting in Houston on Social Media

September 5th, 2017

Sourcing talent used to be a matter of networking, or posting a job ad and screening resumes. But with the growth of different social media channels, recruiting has a different look in 2017. In fact, it’s dramatically changed the way many Houston companies recruit. How can you leverage its power to source the talent you need? Here are 4 tips to help you.

Find the right channels.

As top Houston recruiters, Murray Resources knows that with so many social media sites available, it can be tough to know where to start. In most industries, LinkedIn is a good first place. However, beyond that, it depends on your unique hiring needs. For instance, if you’re looking for seasonal workers and millenials, Facebook can be a good option. Likewise, there are many niche recruiting sites in the Houston area and beyond focused on specific industries. So, depending on the position you’re hiring for, do your homework and find the right channels.

Leverage the power of current employees.

Your employees can be your best brand advocates online. And everyone on the team can have a hand in supporting recruiting efforts. Beyond providing you with referrals to possible new hires, they can also help to share job postings on their social media profile pages, automatically expanding your reach.

Post more than job openings.

Obviously, job openings are important to post. However, beyond that, make sure you’re creating a strong brand presence online. Post articles of interest, share photos of employees and what your workplace looks like, and talk about core values and why people like working there. You can attract more candidates and they can also get a better sense of whether your company is the right fit for them.

Aim for quality connections.

When it comes to recruiting in Houston on social media, you don’t need to find hundreds of candidates for a job opening. A handful to interview will do. That’s why when you’re focusing on your social media efforts, you should always aim for quality and relationship-building, not quantity.

With traditional recruiting, you’re often posting a job and waiting for the flood of resumes. However, social media recruiting, offers a different avenue. It’s about forging relationships, expanding your network and building a steady supply of candidates to consider when you have job openings.

Interested in getting help recruiting Houston candidates online and off?

Call the trusted Houston recruiters at Murray Resources. For over 30 years, we’ve been providing world-class recruiting services to high-performance professionals and leading companies in Houston. Contact us today to learn more.

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4 Tips for Recruiting Out-of-Area Candidate

August 15th, 2017

If you need to hire for a hard-to-fill role, or one that requires a highly specialized skill set, you might need to expand the areas you’re recruiting from. Looking outside your geographic location for talent can certainly open you up to new possibilities in terms of candidates. At the same time, it can open you up to a host of new challenges, as well. How can you effectively recruit candidates who don’t currently live and work in the area? The experienced Dallas headhunters at Murray Resources have the answers:

Use technology to your advantage.

When you’re hiring from outside the area, one of the biggest challenges is the interview process. For instance, requiring a candidate to travel to your location four times to interview can be a hassle, especially if they’re already working and have a family.

Instead, use technology to your advantage during the hiring process. For instance, when it comes to out-of-area candidates, connect with them as much as possible through live video interviews. You might want to use these as a first screen in the hiring process. That way, you can get to know a candidate and their background first, before you spend the money to fly them out to your location.

Compensation is key.

As leading Dallas headhunters, Murray Resources knows that many top professionals are open to the idea of relocating for the right opportunity. However, what can often kill the deal comes down to compensation. Either the compensation isn’t attractive enough to entice a candidate to move their entire family, or the company isn’t willing to pay for the cost of relocating. But understand that if a candidate is willing to move for the job, they expect to compensated generously for it.

Keep families in mind.

Oftentimes, a candidate’s family can be the ones with the biggest objections to a potential move. That’s why when you’re recruiting outside of the area, you should pay plenty of attention to a candidate’s family. During the hiring process, it’s important to engage their spouse and family, ensuring you’re answering their questions and giving them the information they need to make the right decision.

Provide help with the details.

Relocating is tough. So make it easy for your candidates. Offer to help with the particulars, from setting them up with a local real estate agent to scheduling tours at area schools. Also, once they accept and start the job, pair your candidate up with a buddy who can not only help them acclimate to your company, but the area, as well.

Sometimes, the best professional for the job simply doesn’t live nearby. When this happens – and you’re recruiting outside the area – follow the tips above to put your best foot forward and find the talent you need.

If you need help recruiting in our area – or outside of it – call in the Dallas headhunters companies from all over the city trust: Murray Resources. Since 1988, Murray Resources has worked with Dallas’ leading organizations to identify their human resource needs, locate top talent, and maximize employee productivity. And we can help you too. Simply contact us today to learn more.

 

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4 Tips for Working with a Houston, TX Staffing Agency

August 1st, 2017

When it comes to running a business, staffing is one of the most important functions. However, sometimes there simply isn’t the time or resources necessary to devote to sourcing, screening and hiring the right people. Enter a staffing agency.

Whether you need short-term help for a busy season, or assistance finding your next full-time employee, a provider of staffing in Houston, TX has the capacity, expertise and connections to help you achieve your hiring goals – and build a stronger business.

If you’ve never worked with one before, here are a few tips for maximizing the relationship:

Tip #1: Choose the right agency.

Not all providers of staffing in Houston, TX are created equal. Some focus on temporary staffing; others on executive hires. Some firms specialize in technology or accounting, while other agencies hire mainly for administrative or industrial positions.

So whatever staffing agency you choose, make sure they have the industry experience you need to hire for your job openings. Not only will they have a better understanding of your company and the roles you’re trying to fill, but also more connections with candidates in your field.

Tip #2: Focus on communication.

Whether you have a new position opening up, demand is increasing, or you want to create a staffing strategy and long-term vision for hiring, keep your staffing agency in the loop. The clearer picture they have on where you are now – and where you want to go in the future when it comes to hiring – the better they’ll be able to serve you.

When it comes to recruiting for specific jobs, make sure you give your staffing agency recruiter plenty of detail on the role, tasks and expectations. Also, make sure the agency is fully informed on any company policies that impact the hiring process and new employees, such as dress code, working hours, and travel requirements.

Tip #3: Provide feedback.

During every step of the process, communicate feedback to your staffing agency recruiter. If there are any problems or issues, they should know about them immediately and work with you to resolve them promptly.

Tip #4: Evaluate the relationship.

When you partner with the right provider of staffing in Houston, TX, they’re going to be able to save you time and money in the hiring process. If, however, the opposite is true, then it’s time to re-evaluate the relationship.

The right staffing partner can benefit your company in tremendous ways. Just make sure you choose the best-fit one and keep those lines of communication open so you can maximize the working relationship.

Interested in learning more about how our staffing agency experts can help you?

Call Murray Resources. As a leading provider of staffing in Houston, TX, Murray Resources has worked with the city’s leading organizations since 1988 to identify their human resource needs, locate top talent, and maximize employee productivity. Contact us today to learn more and find out how we can help you.

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