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2018 Houston Oil and Gas / Energy Conference Calendar

January 18th, 2018

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

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

Private Capital Conference

January 25, 2018

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

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

 

Oil & Gas Overview Course

February 5, 2018

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

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

 

State of the Industry – Houston 2018

February 6, 2018

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

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

 

NAPE Summit Week 2018

February 5-9, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

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

 

NAPE Summit 2018

February 7-9, 2018

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

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

 

Rice Global E&C Forum Roundtable

February 9, 2018

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

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

 

17th Annual Liquefied Natural Gas Conference

February 12-13, 2018

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston, TX

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

 

Leaders in Industry Luncheon

February 14, 2018

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

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

 

CERAWeek

March 5-9, 2018

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

https://ceraweek.com/

 

AADE 2018 National Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition

April 10-11, 2018

Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Dr, Houston, TX

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

 

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

April 11-12, 2018

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston, TX

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

 

2018 Machine Learning in Oil & Gas Conference

April 18 – 19, 2018

Hyatt Regency Galleria, Houston, TX

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

 

Offshore Technology Conference 2018

April 30-May 3, 2018

NRG Park, Houston TX

http://2018.otcnet.org/

 

2018 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

May 9-10, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

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

 

22nd International Petroleum Data Integration, Information and Management Conference

May 22-24, 2018

Marriott Houston Westchase, Houston, TX

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

 

Unconventional Resources Technology Conference

July 23-25, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

http://urtec.org/2018/

 

Pipeline Week

September 11-13, 2018

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

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

 

2018 North America Assembly and Dinner

September 13, 2018

Marriott Marquis, Houston, TX

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

 

Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia

September 18-20, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

https://tps.tamu.edu/

 

2018 Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference

October 30, 2018

Marriott Marquis Houston, Houston, USA

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

 

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

November 2018

Hyatt Regency, Houston TX

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

 

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5 Creative Conversation Starters for the Company Holiday Party

December 7th, 2012

With holiday party season underway, it’s a perfect opportunity to get to know your co-workers in a less formal setting. To help break the ice, the recruiters at leading Houston staffing agency Murray Resources thought we would offer some ideas for all important conversation starters.

1. “I don’t think we’ve met before, I’m <name>.”

While this first one seems elementary, you’d be surprised at how many people are afraid to break out of their comfort zone and meet someone new at company get-togethers. Why miss out on the chance to make a new lunch buddy just because you don’t want to initiate contact with someone who doesn’t work on your floor? Having the poise to walk over and confidently introduce yourself starts off the conversation with a positive, inviting tone.

2. “How did you get your start with our company?”

This question is a great transition line to move past the inevitable what do you do/which floor do you work on/how long have you been working here banter. Your conversational partner may have come here from another company where you have a mutual acquaintance, or may have been hired through the use of a Houston staffing agency like Murray Resources; perhaps they’ll explain how they got their start in the industry, or maybe they’ll tell you about what they studied in college that made them want to be in this line of work. This kind of question is very open to interpretation, and its answers therefore usually contain a wealth of jumping-off points for your conversation.

3. “Have you been to one of these before? This is my first one.”

If it’s your first year with the company and your first holiday party with them, there’s no shame in admitting it! Everyone was a new kid on the block at one point, and will likely have some funny stories about their early days with the company. And if it turns out your conversational partner is a newbie like you, then you two already have something in common to talk about!

4. “What did you do over Thanksgiving?” or “Do you have any plans for the upcoming holidays?

This kind of question appropriately bridges the gap between personal and professional life, and can afford some nice insights about someone’s home life that people often don’t get the chance to discuss during the average workday. Most everyone has stories about holiday traditions and family get-togethers that are fun to share during this time of year.

5. “What do you love to do outside of work?”

This is perhaps our favorite get-to-know-you question to use at the annual company party, because it allows you to really learn something about your new acquaintance’s personality. Conversation flows smoothly when people are talking about their passion, and the most genuine connections are made when common interests are discovered and shared.

Successful networking, by definition the creation of meaningful relationships, begins with meaningful interactions. So instead of wasting your time in boring conversations at the upcoming company Christmas party, use some of these unique openers to create conversational situations that will allow you to learn more about your colleagues and what they’re passionate about.

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

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

 

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Houston Energy Conference Calendar

December 3rd, 2012

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

(Last updated June 2014. Dates and locations subject to change – please verify)

Oil & Gas Summit US
September 4-5, 2014
Houston, TX (Location TBD)
http://10times.com/oil-gassummit-us

Petroleum Innovation Expo
September 9-11, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
www.piexpo.net

Rice Global E&C Forum XVII Forum
Rice University, Houston, TX
Banquet Dinner & Reception, September 22, 2014
All Day Forum, September 23, 2014
http://www.forum.rice.edu/upcoming-events/annual-forum/

43rd Turbomachinery/30th Pump Symposia
September 22-25, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
http://pumpturbo.tamu.edu/

6th AIChE Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9-10, 2014
Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center, Galveston, TX
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/southwest-process-technology-conference/2014

2014 Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy
November 4-5, 2014
Hyatt Regency Houston, Houston, TX
http://www.wglnetwork.com/

EnergyNEXUS Conference and Expo
November 11-13, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
http://www.energynexus2014.com/

Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference
November 18, 2014
Houston, TX (Location TBD)
http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/Industries/oil-gas/995774f3a8533210VgnVCM200000bb42f00aRCRD.htm

Offshore Technology Conference
May 4-7, 2015
NRG Park, Houston, TX
http://2015.otcnet.org/

Esri Petroleum GIS Conference
April 8-10, 2015
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
http://www.esri.com/events/petroleum-energy

CERAWeek
April 20-24, 2015
Houston, TX (Location TBD)
http://ceraweek.com/2014/

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Holiday Networking Do’s and Don’ts

November 30th, 2012

With ample parties, gift-giving opportunities, and old-fashioned goodwill, the holidays just might be the perfect time to expand your professional network. Our recruiting team at Houston staffing agency Murray Resources has compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for you to keep in mind as you enjoy your holidays – and build your network:

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Do- Attend as many holiday parties as you can bear. If you’re serious about expanding your network, the more highly-populated events you attend, the better your chances are to make connections with fellow partygoers. If you’re new to town and don’t know anyone throwing holiday soirees, check your local paper and local networking social media accounts to find out about events hosted for the public.

Don’t Overcommit. Notice in the above tip how we said to attend as many holiday parties as you can handle? It means don’t wear out your holiday cheer. If you really can only have fun at one or two events max, that’s fine; and if you can handle 5 booked weekends full of festivities, then more power to you. Bottom line, no one wants a Grinch at their party who spends the whole time griping about how many holiday parties they have to go to. Remember, you’re at a celebration- have a good time!

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Do- Enjoy yourself at holiday events. Even if you’re goal is to capitalize on an event’s networking potential, remember that it’s still a party! People will naturally gravitate towards you if you’re exuding positive energy, so have fun!

Don’t Get egg-snockered. While everyone enjoys holiday spirits, Houston staffing agency Murray Resources would like to remind you that there is a limit. Too much of a good thing can often lead to embarrassment and regret the next day; don’t step on your own goals by driving away potential connections with crass or unruly behavior.

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Do- Send gifts. While normally this might be construed as sucking-up throughout other points in the year, the holidays give you the perfect excuse to stand out in the eyes of a desired contact by sending them a little something to show your appreciation of or admiration for them. A thoughtful gift that caters to the recipient’s interests is a small gesture that can go a long way when it comes to making a genuine connection.

Don’t- Splurge on gifts for people you don’t know. While you may think sending Mark Zuckerberg a $300 bottle of wine for Channukah might get you a job at Facebook, chances are things probably won’t work out that way. Sending a stranger an expensive or extremely valuable gift can be very off-putting for the recipient- it makes them feel awkward or unjustifiably indebted to someone who they don’t know. Like we said before, a simple and thoughtful gift is the best route to go if contacting a stranger.

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Do- Follow up with the contacts you made at holiday events. Don’t let offers to meet for coffee or to discuss a business proposition become unrealized party-talk. Send a follow-up email a day or two after the event to your new contact proposing a concrete time to meet and follow through with the plans you discussed. The prospect of a new year always brings with it an air of opportunity and new beginnings- capitalize on that energy by presenting your ideas as fresh and innovative.

Don’t- Harass a new connection. If a new contact fails to respond to your follow-up correspondence immediately, wait a week before reaching out again. The holidays are an extremely busy time of year, so be patient and flexible when it comes to respecting others’ schedules.

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By sticking to these do’s and don’ts, you’ll be sure to have a merry holiday season while expanding your professional network!

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

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

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6 of the Best Online Networking Resources For Job Seekers

November 23rd, 2012

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

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

1. MeetUp.com

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

2. LunchMeet

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

3. Ryze.com

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

4. BrazenCareerist.com

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

5. BranchOut

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

6. Meteor

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

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

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

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

 

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How Can Starbucks Advance Your Career? The Best Networking Tip for Job Seekers

November 9th, 2012

At Murray Resources, our Houston recruiters are always looking for new ways to help people find methods to improve their job search. When it comes to finding and capitalizing on new opportunities, there is no better technique than effective networking. The number one tip we always recommend to our candidates is to plan your meals as networking opportunities.

In his breakthrough book about networking, Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi discusses how important it is to set up business lunches with new contacts. The author cites several examples where success in business and politics is the result of personal relationships. He claims that reaching out to other people for help and looking for ways you can be generous is the best way to find a path to success.

Ferrazzi recommends that you set up new business lunches and networking opportunities as often as you can. By widening your network, you have the chance to meet new individuals and offer your services. Many people are more than happy to help out if you are sincere and ask for help.

Start out by making a list of people you would like to meet with in your industry. This can be accomplished executives, human resource managers or professors at business schools in your area. Houston recruiters recommend that you send each individual a short and personalized e-mail and offer to buy him or her lunch. Be sure to include your intentions for the meeting, such as asking the person questions about their industry or finding out about ways you can volunteer your services.

And since buying a new person lunch everyday can become expensive, offering to meet someone for coffee is just as effective. Many people are happy to sit down and talk about their work over a latte—especially when someone else is buying! Remember that you are asking someone else to volunteer their time to sit down with you; be flexible when it comes to accommodating his or her schedule.

Our Houston recruiters will all agree that sharing a meal with someone is one of the best ways to expand your personal network and find out about new opportunities that may be available. Keep in mind that you should always be looking for ways to provide value to these people before you ask for any favors. If you follow these steps then you will be surprised at how many new doors may open up for you.

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

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

 

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5 Underused Tactics to Make an Immediate, Genuine Connection with Anyone

October 26th, 2012

Happy almost-weekend, everyone!

Or as we at Murray Resources, one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, TX like to call it, happy Network to Get Work Friday!

What better time to network than when everyone is ready to unwind and de-stress from a long week? If that statement sounded contradictory to you, it looks like we need to help you revamp your definition of networking. Many people still are under the dated impression that forging new professional connections must take place in a business setting, wearing business attire, discussing business-related topics, etc…   What you’re hopefully beginning to pick up on from our weekly Friday rant, however, is that networking can happen anytime, anywhere, with anyone!

Our article today comes from Scott Dinsmore over at Brazen Careerist and provides what we think is an awesome list of five underused tactics to make an immediate, genuine connection with anyone. While Murray Resources and other staffing agencies in Houston, TX are valuable resources with an extensive network, creating lasting, meaningful connections is a responsibility that ultimately falls upon you.

With these five creative tips in mind (we especially love #4), we encourage you to treat every new interaction this weekend as a potential networking opportunity – have fun, be friendly, and see what happens!

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2012/10/17/5-underused-tactics-to-make-an-immediate-genuine-connection-with-anyone/

Can’t wait until next Friday for more networking tips? Check out last week’s Network to Get Work post about online networking.

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Online Networking Tips

October 19th, 2012

Alright everybody, this Houston recruiting firm has a real treat for you today!

Throughout our research, we’ve encountered a growing number of articles that combine the principles of Network to Get Work Friday with those of Social Media Saturday, addressing the growing importance of “online networking.” While this phenomenon made possible through the rapid advent of social media on the Web won’t be replacing face-to-face interactions any time soon, it does provide you with a number of new and innovative ways to expand your personal brand and professional connections.

Today’s piece comes from Monster.com, one of the most widely used placement sites worldwide and a premier authority on Web-based job searching. We’re really excited about sharing it with you because it addresses almost all of the job-seeking techniques we’ve been talking about for the past few weeks. While the “Monster Guide to Online Networking” is admittedly a bit longer than most of the other articles we’ve posted throughout our “Best of: Career Tips, Tricks & Advice Columns” installment, we think it’s the most accessible and comprehensive source on the important topic of  online networking.

Regardless of what stage you’re at in your career, using the tools outlined in today’s PDF will help keep you competitive and connected in a dynamic, increasingly digital job market.

http://media.newjobs.com/cms/static-content/info/PDF/online-marketing-guide.pdf

 

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

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

Also, if you’re in the Houston area, be sure to attend the  Murray Resources “Resume and Cover Letter Tips and Techniques” workshop November 8! Receive individualized feedback and advice on how to craft an effective cover letter and resume that will successfully convey your interest to prospective employers. Purchase your tickets online with a friend and receive a 20% discount for the both of you!

Early bird tickets are being sold for a discounted price of $20 through October 24. Advance tickets sold after Oct. 24 will be $25, and tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $35.

 

Can’t wait until next Friday for more networking tips? Check out last week’s Network to Get Work post from Murray Resources, award-winning Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency.

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5 Networking Tips You Haven’t Heard

October 12th, 2012

Congratulations, you made it through the week! Friday is here, and the Houston recruiters at Murray Resources think it’s high time for some celebration. Hit the town with friends, take that special someone out to dinner, heck, go to the dog park for all we care! As long as you’re out and about interacting with those who matter to you, we consider it a successful weekend.

Coincidentally, they happen to have a name for this sort of thing in the work world, and it’s just as easy and beneficial as the above examples we just mentioned. Networking, or maintaining ties with old contacts while also making new ones, is a crucial part of creating professional opportunities for yourself now and in the future.

In today’s column, respected career blogger Alexandra Levit summarizes 5 networking tips you’ve probably never considered that will help you to expand both your contact list and your career horizons. While you have some free time this weekend, the Houston recruiters at Murray Resources encourage you to capitalize on chances to reconnect with an old colleague or go out and meet someone new; you never know what opportunities might arise!

http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2012/08/06/5-networking-tips-you-havent-heard/

Can’t wait until next Friday for more networking tips? Be sure to follow @MurrayResources on Twitter , where we post networking opportunities around Houston throughout the week! And check out our post about why you still need to network even if you just landed a new job.

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

Let the experienced Houston recruiters at Murray Resources help you explore your next career opportunity.  Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

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