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

(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


Social Recruiting Strategies Conference

August 8 – 10, 2018

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


HR TechXpo

August 28, 2018

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


HR Technology Conference

September 11 – 14, 2018

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


IPMA-HR International Training Conference

September 22 – 26, 2018

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


HCInnovation@Work Conference

October 3-5

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ


LinkedIn Talent Connect 2018

October 9 – 11, 2018

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


Strategic HR Forum

October 14 – 16, 2018

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


The HRSouthwest Conference

October 14 – 17, 2018

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



October 28-30

Orlando, FL


HIREconf: The Intersection of Talent Acquisition and Technology

November 7 – 8, 2018

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


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

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4 Tips for Dealing with Job Search Fatigue

May 15th, 2018

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

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

Tip #1: Expand your search.

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

Tip #2: Invest in yourself.

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

Tip #3: Have some fun.

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

Tip #4: Take time out.

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

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

Ready for professional help with the process?

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

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How Often Should You Update Your LinkedIn Profile?

February 6th, 2018

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

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

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

Some other tips to help your LinkedIn profile get noticed:

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

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

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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

(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


Oil & Gas Overview Course

February 5, 2018

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


State of the Industry – Houston 2018

February 6, 2018

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


NAPE Summit Week 2018

February 5-9, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX


NAPE Summit 2018

February 7-9, 2018

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


Rice Global E&C Forum Roundtable

February 9, 2018

Grand Hall Rice University Ley Student Center (Parking details at


17th Annual Liquefied Natural Gas Conference

February 12-13, 2018

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston, TX


Leaders in Industry Luncheon

February 14, 2018

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



March 5-9, 2018

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


AADE 2018 National Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition

April 10-11, 2018

Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Dr, Houston, TX


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

April 11-12, 2018

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston, TX


2018 Machine Learning in Oil & Gas Conference

April 18 – 19, 2018

Hyatt Regency Galleria, Houston, TX


Offshore Technology Conference 2018

April 30-May 3, 2018

NRG Park, Houston TX


2018 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

May 9-10, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas


22nd International Petroleum Data Integration, Information and Management Conference

May 22-24, 2018

Marriott Houston Westchase, Houston, TX


Unconventional Resources Technology Conference

July 23-25, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX


Pipeline Week

September 11-13, 2018

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


2018 North America Assembly and Dinner

September 13, 2018

Marriott Marquis, Houston, TX


Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia

September 18-20, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX


2018 Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference

October 30, 2018

Marriott Marquis Houston, Houston, USA


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

November 2018

Hyatt Regency, Houston TX


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How to Climb the Ladder in Your Career in 2018

January 2nd, 2018

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

Tip #1: Be open.

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

Tip #2: Build a strong network.

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

Tip #3: Be flexible.

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

Tip #4: Learn new skills.

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

Interested in professional help from Houston’s trusted headhunters?

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

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Unemployed? Here are 4 Things You Should Be Doing

January 10th, 2017

You’re unemployed. So obviously, you should be looking for a job. But beyond that, what can you do to make this scary and frustrating time a little more manageable – and increase your odds of finding a new opportunity? Here are 4 tips:

#1: Network.

As one Houston’s most experienced job agencies, Murray Resources knows there’s almost always a collective groan when the topic of networking comes up. However, it really is one of the best ways to uncover potential opportunities. To effectively network when you’re unemployed, make sure you:

  • Connect with existing contacts. Reach out to old and existing contacts, including former co-workers, fellow alumni, friends, family, former professors and college advisors, and old bosses. Ask them to lunch. Get together over coffee. And inquire about job opportunities opening up in their companies and organizations.
  • Make new contacts. Attend networking events and industry conferences and seminars. Network online, network in person. Go to a lecture. Sign up for a class. Or join the local chamber of commerce. Not only can you significantly expand your network, but you can have some fun in the process.

#2: Develop a routine.

Your job gave your days and weeks structure. Without it, it can feel like you’re floating aimlessly in a giant abyss. That’s why it’s so important to develop a regular routine.

For instance, get up and dressed at the same time each day. Spend the first half of the day job searching and the second half networking. Designate certain days – such as every Tuesday – as days to follow up on job leads. Be sure to make time for getting out of the house, as well. For instance, a couple mornings a week, bring your laptop to the local coffee shop and work on your resume and job search there.

#3: Volunteer.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, a U.S. federal agency that promotes volunteerism, those who volunteer have a 27% better chance of finding a new job when compared with those who don’t. Not only is volunteering a productive way to spend your time, but you can acquire new skills and meet new people along the way. In addition, it makes a positive impression on hiring managers when they see it on your resume.

#4: Get a temporary job.

Worried about income or long employment gaps on your resume? Then consider temporary work through a job agency. That way, you can earn money, gain new skills, expand your network – and perhaps even find your next full-time job.

Interested in learning more about the possibilities available with temporary work? Contact Murray Resources. As one of Houston’s most experienced job agencies, we can connect you with top employers in the city, as well as rewarding temporary jobs in a variety of fields. Contact us today to learn more.

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How to Search for Your Next Job…In Secret

January 26th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The ABCs of Recruiting IT Candidates

September 1st, 2015

Recruiting is a tough job, whether you’re looking for your next IT project manager or an expert programmer. Not only do you need to source top candidates, but you must vet them properly to ensure you make a smart hiring decision. And considering the cost of a bad hire, there’s a lot at stake. To help you with the hiring process, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Keep postings up-to-date.

If you regularly fill similar positions, don’t re-use the same job postings again and again. Each time you need to hire, review the description and look for areas where you can better explain the job, or better promote your company. The end result will be a more effective job posting and better fit IT candidates that apply for it.

Be proactive.

Many times, organizations only recruit when they need to fill an opening. But when you’re proactive about technical recruiting – and doing it on a regular basis whether you have an opening or not – you’ll develop a healthy pipeline of candidates.

Look in the right places.

When you’re looking to hire, go to the places where top candidates spend time. That means joining industry groups, networking where they are, and raising your company profile in their professional community. If you don’t know where to start, ask technical employees who work in positions that are similar where they network online, or go to in order to “talk shop” with other professionals.

Take a candidate-focused approach.

When it comes to hiring right, it’s important to focus on the needs of the candidate, as well. Otherwise, you won’t be able to hire an individual who’s a fit for your company and the position. So ask about future career goals, what their ideal job looks like, and what the right culture and schedule is for them. That way, you’ll have a strong sense of whether their needs and goals – and your company needs and goals – are a good match.

Test them out.

Once you have a short list of top candidates, give them a homework assignment to complete. This should be a short project that can help you assess their technical skills and enthusiasm for the job.

Stay connected.

If you find a great candidate, but don’t end up hiring them, don’t just send them a rejection letter. Reach out to them and let them know you were impressed by them. Also, ask if the two of you can stay connected via LinkedIn. That way, if an opportunity comes along in the future you think they’d be a fit for, you already have an established relationship.

Would you like more help from experienced Houston technical recruiters? Call Murray Resources. Our in-depth technical knowledge allows us to pinpoint even the most highly-specialized IT 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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Don’t Let These Networking Mistakes Sabotage Your Job Search

June 24th, 2014

You know how important networking is to your job search. But did you also know you can really hurt your efforts of finding a new opportunity if you take the wrong approach?

Don’t let networking mistakes impact your ability to land your dream job. Make sure you avoid the following 5 blunders:

Mistake #1: Thinking Only About Yourself

Networking is like a conversation; it’s a two-way street. And if the only thing you’re thinking about is yourself when you’re networking, then it’s going to come through loud and clear.

Instead, approach networking not as a way just for you to find a job or achieve your career goals. Approach it as a way to form relationships, make new connections and even help someone else out in their job search. Remember, offering to help is often the best way to get it in return.

Mistake #2: Not Following Through

Someone asks you to introduce them to one of their contacts, or pass along their resume. You promise to, but never actually follow through.

Keep in mind that the other person is expecting you to do what you said you would. When you don’t, not only do you look bad, but it could come back to haunt you in the future.

Mistake #3: Not Networking

You have the skills and experience to get a job, so why network? Because you could be missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime.

Sure, you might be able to get a job. But many times, openings aren’t advertised – which means you’ll never hear about them or have access to them if you’re not putting yourself out there.

Mistake #4: Focusing on Quantity, Not Quality

Good networking isn’t about amassing hundreds of contacts. It’s about forming real relationships with real people.

When you go to a networking event, or are just out and about, don’t focus on the number of people you’re connecting with. Instead, focus on making quality contacts with people you’d genuinely like to build a relationship with.

Mistake #5: Acting Ungrateful or Offended

When someone offers to connect you, don’t act entitled to their circle of contacts. They’re doing you a favor and it’s important to be grateful for it.

Likewise, if you ask a contact for a favor and they do turn you down, don’t get offended or upset. There are plenty of other people out there who are willing to offer help.

A final note: Whatever comes of your networking efforts, always say “thank you” to those who have helped you along the way. Even if nothing pans out from a lead, it’s still important to let your connections know how much you value their efforts.

Looking to network your way to a new job? Call Murray Resources. As one of the leading recruiting agencies in Houston, we can assist you with the entire job search process – from crafting a strong resume to preparing for interviews to finding job opportunities that are a great fit for your skills and background.

Ready to get started? Contact us today.




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

December 18th, 2012

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


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

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

Reason #1: You can build a big network.

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

Reason #2: You can join industry groups.

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

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

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

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

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

Reason #5: You can build your reputation.

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

Need Help Finding a New Job?

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


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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

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

Oil & Gas Summit US
September 4-5, 2014
Houston, TX (Location TBD)

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

Rice Global E&C Forum XVII Forum
Rice University, Houston, TX
Banquet Dinner & Reception, September 22, 2014
All Day Forum, September 23, 2014

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

6th AIChE Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9-10, 2014
Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center, Galveston, TX

2014 Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy
November 4-5, 2014
Hyatt Regency Houston, Houston, TX

EnergyNEXUS Conference and Expo
November 11-13, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference
November 18, 2014
Houston, TX (Location TBD)

Offshore Technology Conference
May 4-7, 2015
NRG Park, Houston, TX

Esri Petroleum GIS Conference
April 8-10, 2015
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

April 20-24, 2015
Houston, TX (Location TBD)

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