Four Reasons Why You Should Consider a Temporary Job

December 27th, 2012

As one of the leading temp agencies Houston employers and job-seekers engage for their job search, Murray Resources has noticed a substantial shift in the temporary job market in recent years. While temp jobs were once associated with making copies, filing papers, and stuffing envelopes, today’s temporary employment opportunities can be as challenging and fulfilling as any direct hire or permanent position. In fact, there are solid reasons why professionals might want to strongly consider a temporary position – below are four such reasons:

Freedom to Explore
If you’ve been locked into the same position or at the same company for an extended amount of time, a temporary position can provide a relatively risk free opportunity to refresh your career path. Temporary or contract jobs can provide an excellent chance to explore your passions, while providing valuable experience before jumping into a new career path.

While more experienced workers may still attach a stigma to temp jobs, no such preconceptions exist for Gen Y workers – they tend to value temp work for the freedom and flexibility these kinds of positions afford. Think like a Gen Y’er.

The Numbers Don’t Lie
As one of the premier temp agencies Houston employers turn to for qualified professionals, Murray Resources’ experience supports the recent reports of strong growth in temporary and contract positions across the U.S. Some studies even predict that our post-recession job market will be primarily comprised of temporary and contract work. Some statistics worth considering:

  • The number of temporary or contract jobs was up 6% over last year’s numbers in the first quarter of 2012 according to the American Staffing Association
  • The number of temporary or contract jobs added to the economy has been increasing for nine consecutive quarters since the recession officially ended
  • Over 40% more people hold temp jobs now than in 2009

Personal Branding Opportunities
Creating and growing your own personal brand is important, but only if you have the right type of exposure. Temporary or contract work exposes you to entirely new office environments, with a new set of colleagues and supervisors to whom you can demonstrate your value. By working diligently with an enthusiastic attitude, you can set yourself apart as a must-have asset for any company, earning respect and connections that may be valuable down the line – whether it’s a future co-worker, supervisor, or recommendation for a job in the future.

Potential Permanent Position
A note of caution to not use this last reason as your sole purpose for applying to a temporary or contract position, as converting a temporary position into a full-time position is generally a rarity. Employers typically hire temporary workers because they desire the flexibility it provides – or they simply don’t have the financial resources or desire to add another employee to their payroll. However, it does happen, and just because it is not a frequent occurrence doesn’t mean you should discount the possibility. If you treat a temporary assignment as you would a full-time job, supervisors will take note of the value you bring to the organization and may be willing to help create opportunities for you either through the company or with other connections they have.

We hope you take these insights into consideration as you embark on your next job search.

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?
As one of the top temp agencies Houston job-seekers turn to, let us help you explore your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

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A Million Thanks from Murray Resources

December 28th, 2010

As 2010 comes to a close this week, we’d like to take the time to thank our many clients and candidates. We have a million reasons to be grateful to you, but most importantly, we’d like to thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We appre­ci­ate the trust you have placed in us and we promise to con­tinue working hard and working smart to help you find people and find work.

We’d also like to thank you for letting us share our ideas and knowledge about staffing, human resources, and job searches through this blog. We think it’s a privilege that you look to our Houston staffing agency as a source of information for your business or your career. So again, thank you!

We’d also like to thank you for all the great feedback we’ve gotten from you in 2010. Hearing about your success stories is such a pleasure – whether it’s in finding people or finding work – and it reminds us why we got into this business in the first place.

And finally, we’d also like to send you and your family our best wishes for a joy-filled holiday season and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! We’ll see you in 2011!

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A Message of Thanks from Murray Resources

November 16th, 2010

In 1789, then-President George Washington proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving as a reminder of the feast celebrated by our forefathers after surviving their first winter in Plymouth. More than two centuries later, we’re still celebrating Thanksgiving and using it as a time to reflect on our many blessings. And despite the uncertainty in our economy, there is much to be grateful for here at Murray Resources.

To our clients:

We are deeply thankful for your continued loyalty to our Houston staffing agency. Without your support, we simply would not exist. We also know that trust is earned and we pledge to continue delivering the exceptional candidates and top-notch staffing solutions you’ve come to rely on.

To our job seekers:

Searching for a new job in Houston can seem overwhelming, and at times, frustrating – we know that. And we are so grateful that you’ve chosen Murray Resources to help you along the way. We always have your best interest at heart and promise to continue to work diligently to match you with opportunities that are a terrific fit for you.

To our employees:

We are truly lucky to have a team of such smart and dedicated professionals. We know that each day, you go above and beyond to meet the needs of our clients. You care about our clients, and about our staffing agency as well, and it shows in your work. For that, we are grateful.

So, as 2010 quickly comes to a close, we invite you to pause and reflect on the many things you have to be thankful for this year. We’d also like to wish you a Thanksgiving filled with peace and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

June 22nd, 2010

Not on LinkedIn? Then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to promote your skills and search for jobs in Houston. In fact, the professional connections you make on LinkedIn can truly give you an advantage in your job search – and in your career.

Here’s how to get started:

Create your profile.

Think of your LinkedIn profile as your online resume. Create a detailed profile, including past employment, education, and qualifications. Also be sure to include keywords (such as Houston civil engineer) so that you will be easily found. If you have a professional headshot, you may also want to upload that to your profile.

Build your network.

The more connections you make, the more opportunities you will have. With that said…don’t go crazy with your connections. Only connect to people you know and trust.

Reach out.

Let your network know that you’re looking for a job in Houston, TX. The more people who know you’re looking, the faster you may be able to find a job.

Get recommendations.

Recommendations from people you have worked with in the past carry a lot of weight. A variety of positive recommendations will put you in the best possible light to potential employers in Houston.

Search jobs.

Use the job search section to find job listings you may be interested in.

Ask & answer questions.

The Answers section in LinkedIn is a great way to increase your visibility, as well as enhance your credibility within your particular field. Respond to questions, and ask a question if you need information.

Check if a company is still hiring.

Many companies today have their own pages on LinkedIn. So if there is a Houston company you’d like to work for, go to their LinkedIn profile and check out their “New Hire” section to see if anyone new has recently joined the company. Also, look to see if you know any of the company’s current employees so you can make a connection.

Get to the hiring manager.

If you do know someone at the company, ask that individual to forward your resume to the hiring manager. Hiring managers are much more apt to review a resume that comes from someone they know.

Find out about the company.

Again, if you know someone at the company, ask them for the inside scoop on getting hired at that company. If you don’t have an “in” at the company, then take a look at the profiles of existing employees to get a better sense of the backgrounds and experience of people who already work at the company.

Searching for a job can be a daunting challenge. But by leveraging the power of social media, you may be able to find the job of your dreams a lot quicker. And if you still need helping finding the right job opportunity here in Houston, TX, please contact Murray Resources. As a premier employment firm serving the Houston area, we can connect you with a variety of Houston job opportunities in fields such as administration, engineering, accounting/finance, and sales and customer service.  We look forward to helping you!

 

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Kimberly Shelton Of Murray Resources Earns Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist (CTS) Certification

May 28th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KIMBERLY SHELTON OF MURRAY RESOURCES EARNS CERTIFIED TEMPORARY-STAFFING SPECIALIST (CTS) CERTIFICATION

Houston’s top employment agency certifies staff to help fill more jobs.

Houston, TX, [May 28, 2009] Murray Resources, Inc. congratulates Kimberly Shelton for earning the Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist (CTS) designation by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS).

Kimberly Shelton joins the ranks among an elite group of CPC’s and CTS’s across the Nation. Both designations are nationally recognized throughout the personnel services and staffing industry. Earning the CPC demonstrates extensive knowledge in employment laws, changing regulations, proper ethical standards and best business practices. While achieving the CTS demonstrates an in-depth understanding of discrimination law, family leave act, ADA, drug testing, joint employee, contract issues, and standards of business practices established by NAPS.

“Kimberly’s accomplishment is important to our firm and boosts our competitive position in this ever changing marketplace,” says Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources, Inc. “There is a continual battle to differentiate yourself,” says Murray, “and our highly-motivated and trained placement consultants allow us to have one of the highest client retention rates in the industry.”

Murray Resources is dedicated to lasting relationships with its clients built on a foundation of trust. Certifications such as the CPC and CTS are well regarded by the corporate world and provide confidence in their placement specialists. Murray Resources takes great pride in employing staffing specialists like Kimberly Shelton with extensive industry knowledge and nationally distinguished certifications.

Murray Resources, Inc. of Houston, Texas, (www.murrayresources.com) is a full-service Houston-based staffing firm, whose mission is simply to be the best personnel and staffing agency serving the greater Houston market. Founded in 1988 as Memorial City Personnel, it is a well respected, nationally certified 100% woman-owned business having served more than 1,200 clients and maintains well over 3,000 candidates in its roster pool.

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Murray Resources Provides Discounted Fees To HCDE Purchasing Cooperative Members

May 5th, 2010

HOUSTON, T.X. – Murray Resources has recently been selected to receive a contract from the Harris County Department of Education (“HCDE”) cooperative purchasing program. As a program vendor, Murray Resources can provide temporary staffing and substitute teachers for the government entities, school districts and other public, nonprofit agencies and organizations made available through the HCDE Purchasing Cooperative.

Upon completion of all program paperwork and application, Murray Resources was subject to a thorough verification of its credentials. As one of three staffing vendors selected for participation in the cooperative, Murray Resources can now market its services to more than 300 member organizations. The HCDE Purchasing Cooperative member organizations are entitled to a significant discount in fees for utilizing Murray Resources’ services.

“HCDE has worked for more than 100 years to advance public schools in the Greater Houston Area. Murray Resources is proud to receive this designation from HCDE, and to utilize this new relationship to provide superior service to our clients,” said President Marsha Murray.

Murray Resources is a 100 percent certified, woman-owned small business providing recruiting and staff augmentation and payroll services nationwide for more than 20 years. For more information, visit http://www.murrayresources.com.

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Murray Resources Monthly – August 2009

October 1st, 2009




Employers are Finding Ways to Deal with the Economy


By Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.com

Entering the third quarter, employers everywhere are still feeling the effects of the current economic climate. Companies are finding ways to deal with the downturn, however, and a few are even increasing head count. A new survey from CareerBuilder and USA Today, conducted by Harris Interactive, examines how employers are handling the recession and their expectations for staff levels and compensation in the upcoming quarter.

Although the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show lob losses are moderating, the job market is not likely to experience significant job creation through the rest of 2009. Most employers expect their staff levels to remain the same this quarter, according to the survey. Businesses will continue to be conservative in their hiring and maintain focus on existing human capital.

Quarterly hiring
In the second quarter of this year, 64 percent of employers reported no change in head count and 18 percent said they increased staff levels, which is a 13 percent increase from the first quarter. Seventeen percent of businesses reduced their number of full-time workers, marking progress from 26 percent that made cuts in the first quarter.

In terms of hiring this quarter, 68 percent of employers said they don’t expect to increase the number of full-time, permanent employees in the third quarter. Fifteen percent, however, say that they will be increasing staff levels and 10 percent expect to make some cuts.

Hiring by region
Eighteen percent of employers in the Northeast and the South plan to increase full-time, permanent head count in the third quarter. In the West, 13 percent of hiring managers have plans to recruit, little change from the second quarter. The ongoing challenges within the manufacturing sector, however, caused the Midwest to drop from 14 percent to 11 percent of employers who are hiring. Eleven percent of hiring managers in the Northeast, West and Midwest expect to trim staffs, compared with 6 percent in the South.

Compensation in Q3 2009
Employers continue to be conservative with pay increases this quarter, as only 41 percent of employers expect to increase salaries for full-time, permanent employees — unchanged from the second quarter. But 47 percent of employers expect no change in compensation levels and only 7 percent expect a decrease.

Of employers who are increasing pay, 28 percent estimate the amount will be between 1 and 3 percent; 12 percent expect an average raise of 4 to 10 percent, while only 1 percent expect raises to be 11 percent or more.

How employers are managing the economic downturn
The challenging economy is causing employers to rethink ways in which they can save money and retain employees. Here are six ways employers are attempting to do so:

1. Postponed start dates
In an effort to secure talent while delaying expenses associated with hiring new staff, 8 percent of employers have presented job offers with postponed start dates this year. Of these employers, 42 percent provided a pay incentive, while the remainder did not.

2. Furloughs
Furloughs, or temporary layoffs, have been seen more and more in the past year. Ten percent of employers have instituted mandatory furloughs for employees over the last six months. The majority of furloughs were one week or less, while 28 percent were one to two days.

3. Pay cuts
An unfortunate, but often necessary, way to contain costs is by implementing pay cuts, which 16 percent of employers have employed in the last six months. Of those who instituted cuts, 28 percent said all salaries were reduced by 5 percent or less, while 33 percent had decreases of more than 5 percent. Thirty-nine percent reported that cuts varied according to salary and/or title.

4. Hiring freezes
Although job losses are trending downward, some employers are still unable to create new positions within their organization: 69 percent of employers reported a continued suspension of hiring this quarter.

Forty-four percent of employers have instituted a hiring freeze over the last six months, but of these employers, 31 percent stated that they will be hiring going forward.

5. Revised sick policies
Thirteen percent of employers are changing their sick time or paid time off policies in order to cut costs this year, offering fewer days, not allowing days to roll over or limiting the amount of days that can roll over.

6. Fewer perks and benefits

This year has caused 43 percent of employers to cut employee perks and benefits, mainly in bonuses, 401(k) matching and medical coverage. Other areas affected are free condiments, employee incentive trips and academic reimbursement.


Top Temp

Congratulations to Tanya Wells for being selected Murray Resources’ Top Temp for the Month of August. Tanya has worked with Murray Resources at a client location since December of 2007! She has consistently exceeded our customers’ expectations with her unbelievable project experience, and has constantly demonstrated dedication and a strong work ethic. Thanks Tanya! Your hard work has not gone unnoticed!


Hot Jobs

International firm is seeking an Executive Assistant for an executive at their DT Houston office. Qualifications for ideal candidate for this executive is an individual who is highly intelligent, has strong interpersonal skills, executive presence both in person and on the phone when dealing with clients, has a strong team orientation, is flexible with work hours and is comfortable with scheduling meetings and calls across international time zones. Must have strong writing skills, be an exceptional multi-tasker, have extremely high output capability, be mature in their approach to work, be proactive and anticipate what needs to be done, and have solid overall computer skills. He/she must be confident and comfortable working with people at all levels. Candidate must be able to help others on a moment’s notice with pitch packs, presentations, preparations for client meetings, etc. It is extremely important that this person be a true team player as this is a very small office. Salary is up to $60K DOE. Please contact Christie Ivey (civey@murrayresources.com) for more information.

Born to sell? Some people just have a natural sales personality, and if that describes you, you’ll thrive in this west Houston financial products firm that focuses on the fixed annuity, life and long term care industries. As a Sales Associate, you’ll be actively involved in building new business and in servicing and growing existing accounts via heavy cold calling and telephone follow up. Ideal candidates will be degreed and have a minimum of 2 years prior sales experience in life insurance. We are seeking outgoing individuals that are high energy, hungry to succeed, quick leaner and very computer literate. Compensation package includes a base salary + commission/bonus potential and excellent benefits. This is a starting position in the sales department of this company. Successful individuals will be quickly promoted from this position! Kimberly Shelton (kshelton@murrayresources.com) is ready to answer any questions.

Murray Resources is assisting our Conroe area client fill two (2) temp-to-hire Appointment Setter positions. In this role, you will be contacting merchants to schedule appointments for their nationwide network of independent sales reps, who will meet face-to-face with these business owners to sell their services. With goals of 100 calls/e-mails per day, you will track activities and communicate with the Business Development Manager. Maintaining a positive, professional attitude while being a team player and cooperating with all departments is VERY important. Ideal candidates will have 2+ years of telemarketing or similar in professional service industry, communicate well with excellent oral and written skills, outstanding phone skills, proficient with Microsoft applications, possess problem solving skills, take initiative and have a desire to learn. Great hours M-F, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM or 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. $10-$12/hr. DOE. If this is of interest, please contact Sherri Horn (shorn@murrayresources.com).

West Chase O&G related company has a need for an Executive Assistant to support in the HSE department. Must have experience supporting an executive level and have excellent knowledge of MS Excel. Will be inputing very important information into Excel so accuracy is extremely important. This person must be detailed, focused and have high accuracy. Salary is $41K to $45K DOE. Kimberly Shelton (kshelton@murrayresources.com) is the contact for this opening.

Gas Transportation company located in Downtown Houston area is seeking an Administrative Assistant to support a Sr. VP and 5 VPs in the Gas Marketing Department. Qualified candidates must have strong PowerPoint and excellent writing skills, as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Duties include calendaring, expense reports, general administrative duties, and answering phones for the Department. This is a GREAT temporary opportunity that could have the potential to become a permanent position. Salary $40-$45K DOE. Please contact Sherr Horn (shorn@murrayresources.com) for more information regarding this position.










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Murray Resources Monthly – September 2009

October 1st, 2009

Out of work? Time to update your job skills!

By Dave Cortese, MediaNews Group

Being unemployed or losing your job in this economy is a frightening ordeal. The feelings that come with the situation are all strong emotions and include anger, fear and despair. Having to pay a mortgage or rent and paying more for groceries doesn’t lower the stress.

In today’s job seeking market there are many different search tools and options out there. It seems like most people rely on the Internet. The Internet can get your resume out to hundreds of recruiters and employers. It’s relatively easy and extremely time efficient. Of course what’s easy for you is easy for many others. I am certain that thousands of others are sending their resumes to the same sites and companies. Studies have shown that the best way of increasing your chances of being hired is by leaving no stone unturned and most importantly by networking. Nothing beats having friends searching for you as well!

Here are a few key tips to put you ahead of the competition:

Update your skills

While you are looking for a new job, it is often a very good time to also update your job skills or perhaps learn new skills that would translate to a different industry. There are numerous excellent community colleges that are ready and willing to help you find new skills or a new career path. These colleges have great programs for career advancement, whether it’s a technical certification, computer applications, or business careers. If you’re interested in advancing your skills and education, find the right school that works with your schedule today.

Networking continuously

Networking is a vital part of any job search. Networking events are happening continuously in the community. Check with your local chamber of commerce and visit community Web sites. Look for local job fairs and target the companies that are in your area of interest. One of the latest innovations is an online job fair. You can browse the exhibitors, ask questions and go at your pace in your own time. They are open 24/7. The key is to get out and talk to people. You never know who might hold the key to your next job. And remember, always keep a fresh stack of your networking business cards with you!

Government and County assets

Government Websites have most of their jobs posted and updated weekly. In fact many county and city libraries have a JobView Kiosk. At these kiosks, you can browse jobs, apply and even post your resume online. It is a free service provided for job seekers. Many local libraries also offer computer stations for you to access good employment information.

TOP TEMP

Congratulations to Shannon Parker for being selected Murray Resources’ Top Temp for the Month of September. Shannon is recognized for her strong work ethic, strong customer skills and her willingness to be flexible and adaptable to her work schedule. She has consistently exceeded our customers’ expectations. Thanks Shannon! Your hard work has not gone unnoticed!

Shannon and all future Top Temps will receive a $25 gift card to Target!

HOT JOBS

Backend .Net Web Developers Needed! Houston area client is seeking several Backend Web Developers to work from home for a 6 month + project! Required experience includes 3-6 years of development and/or C# experience. Must be versed in ASP.NET, ADO.NET, AJAX and have experience in Web Applications using Microsoft Technologies and .NET framework such as C#, VB, VB.NET, ASP, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, AJAX, MVC, WCF, WWF, LINQ, Web Forms, Win Forms, Web Controls, Web Services, Web Service Security, MS-SQL Server 2000/2005 and other Internet related HTML/DHTML VBScript, JavaScript technologies. Must also have experience developing Web based Applications using ASP.NET and C #, Java Script, CSS and SQL Server and have working experience in developing Object Oriented applications using Visual Studio .NET, Visual C#. Preferred experience in Database design and working knowledge of Telerik components. $35-40/hour. Please contact Christi Ivey (civey@murrayresources.com) or Linda Cooper (Lcooper@murrayresources.com) for more information.

Born to sell? Some people just have a natural sales personality, and if that describes you, you’ll thrive in this west Houston financial products firm that focuses on the fixed annuity, life and long term care industries. As a Sales Associate, you’ll be actively involved in building new business and in servicing and growing existing accounts via heavy cold calling and telephone follow up. Ideal candidates will be degreed and have a minimum of 2 years prior sales experience in life insurance. We are seeking outgoing individuals that are high energy, hungry to succeed, a quick leaner and very computer literate. Compensation package includes a base salary + commission/bonus potential and excellent benefits. This is a starting position in the sales department of this company. Successful individuals will be quickly promoted from this position! Kimberly Shelton (kshelton@murrayresources.com) is ready to answer any questions.

This North Houston Fiberglass Piping Company is in need of a Mechanic. These mechanics must have their own tools and be working 12-hour days with rotating schedules. They must also work nights and overtime as needed and MUST be able to work with pneumatic, hydraulic and rotating equipment. Welding and working with fabrications will be required, as will reading prints and working with boiler & heat exchange equipment. This is a great, well established company with good benefits and a future! $36K – $41K. Please contact Linda Cooper (Lcooper@murrayresources.com) with questions.

North Houston area client is expanding – over 185 branches spanning the country. We are assisting our client in hiring 3-6 Accounts Receivable Clerks with at least 4+ years of prior experience. This position is responsible for maintaining the accounts receivable function in a timely and accurate manner. Candidates must be able to perform the necessary tasks to maintain the accounts receivable records, match and verify invoice summaries between multiple systems, verify details of transactions – such as funds received and total account balances, prepare monthly reports and assist with collection activity on past due receivables. $30-35K annually DOE. Christi Ivey (civey@murrayresources.com) is the contact for further information on these openings.

We are seeking highly skilled Administrative Assistants for long term contract positions at a large technical company in Westchase. These positions are contract with the long term potential of going full time. Great work environment and experience to be gained! Competitive pay rate based upon amount of experience. To be considered, we are seeking a minimum of 3-5 years mid to advanced level admin support experience. Strong proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access a plus), Outlook and Visio. Prior experience with both domestic and international travel arrangements required. A 4-year degree or some college preferred. Excellent work ethic a MUST! Please contact Lisa Durham (Ldurham@murrayresources.com) for additional information.

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Murray Resources Monthly – July 2009

July 10th, 2009


Murray Resources Monthly – July 2009


10 Worst Work Habits

by Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com writer

When two people fall in love, they only see sunshine and rainbows when they look into each other’s eyes. If you asked, “What’s the worst trait of your boyfriend or girlfriend?” they would answer, “Absolutely, positively nothing!”

Ask that same question a few years later when they’re living together and have seen each other at their respective worst. You’ll get a pretty good list:

“She cuts her toenails on the coffee table.”

“He speaks in a cutesy voice on behalf of the dog.”

“She kicks me in her sleep.”

Hopefully none of these nuisances finds its way into your work life, but other ones probably do. Everyone has some weaknesses in their work behavior that they need to work on, and they often extend beyond annoyances (such as eating a smelly lunch at your desk) and become problems for your career.

Here are 10 work habits that you should try to break:

1. Procrastination

A lot of people work best under pressure, or at least they say so. With everyone having a different personality, you can’t say a strict schedule works best for all employees. Putting tasks off until the last minute, however, invites plenty of problems, even if you think the final result will be glorious.

When you leave yourself no wiggle room to complete a task, you run the risk of encountering an unexpected obstacle that makes you miss the deadline. Even if the situation is out of your hands, everyone will be left wondering why you didn’t plan better and account for last-minute emergencies.

2. Being a sloppy e-mailer

E-mails are second nature to most people these days, and in informal communications they’ve become a digital Post-it note. We type out a message and send it without proofreading or double-checking the recipients. That’s a recipe for disaster.

If you haven’t learned your lesson by now, the day will soon come when you accidentally “Reply All” to an e-mail and a slew of unintended readers receive a silly note you intended only your co-worker to read.

3. Confusing informal with disrespectful

In many workplaces, the boss might be the decision maker, but he or she isn’t the stern, humorless caricature you saw on TV. Using your supervisor’s first name and going for some drinks after work are common in many industries. Still, you are the employee and the boss is the boss — the one who can fire you and tell you what to do. Don’t cross the line by talking to her as if you’re talking to one of your direct reports or even your best friend. You need to show some respect for her authority.

4. Taking advantage of leeway

Some companies are strict about the time you clock in and out. Others have guidelines but no hard rules, so you can arrive at 8:35 a.m. and no one cares. If over time you’re arriving at 9:10 a.m. and leaving at 4 p.m. (with plenty of breaks in between), your reputation will suffer.

This also goes for dress codes. Business casual is up to interpretation, but ripped jeans and concert tees probably don’t fall under your company’s accepted definition.

5. Refusing to mingle

Plenty of wisdom lies in the advice not to mix personal and professional lives. However, refusing to take part in any social activity — such as the office potluck or a happy hour — will not help your career. You don’t need to be the resident party animal, but being personable with your colleagues helps build camaraderie. You get to know other people better and they get to know you as more than the person they pass in the halls.

6. Always running late

This isn’t the same as abusing leeway; this is a matter of trust. If you’re late to work, to meetings and with projects, your boss and colleagues will associate that trait with you. When it’s time for a promotion or to deal with an important client, everyone will think twice before giving you the opportunity. Who wants to trust the person who can’t manage his or her time?

7. Being rigid

One of the unfair aspects of the working world is that sometimes it seems you can’t win. If you’re hired to do a job, most bosses don’t want you passing the day by reading your favorite book. The reason: You were hired to do a job, so do it. But if the boss comes to you with a new project that’s outside the parameters of your usual duties, it’s still yours to do. “You don’t pay me to do that” isn’t something you want to tell your supervisor.

8. Acting as the resident contrarian

We all love your spirited personality, but try not to be the person in the meeting who always has a better idea and can tell you why everyone else’s idea is dumb. Voices of opposition are often missing in many workplaces because too many eager employees want to be “yes” men and women. But too much negativity grates on nerves and makes people dread hearing your voice. Continue to be a critical thinker, but make sure you’re doing what’s best for the company and not just trying to be the loudest voice in the room.

9. Badmouthing the company

With blogs, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other sites, you have plenty of opportunity to vent your frustration with life. If you’re going to complain about how dumb your boss is and how much you hate your job, keep those rants private. The Internet is public domain and comments have a way of finding their way back to all the wrong people. If you wouldn’t stand outside your boss’s office and tell a co-worker how ready you are to quit, don’t express the same thoughts in an open forum.

10. Politicking

Office politics are often unavoidable, and sometimes having a grasp on what’s going on can benefit you, but you shouldn’t spend more time masterminding office warfare than you do working. Getting caught in the crosshairs of a workplace controversy can be out of your control, but if you’re the one instigating the drama, you’re earning a bad reputation. You’re the person who starts trouble and whom no one trusts. That’s the kind of notoriety that follows you from one workplace to another.

TOP TEMP

Congratulations to Steven Clemons for being selected Murray Resources Top Temp for the month of July. Steven has worked with Murray Resources at several client locations since March of 2006! He has been on his current assignment since November of 2007. He has consistently exceeded our customers’ expectations with his unbelievable technical skills, and has constantly demonstrated dedication and a strong work ethic. Thanks Steven! Your hard work has not gone unnoticed!

Steven and all future Top Temps will receive a $25 gift card to Target!

HOT JOBS

Born to sell? Some people just have a natural sales personality, and if that describes you, you’ll thrive in this west Houston financial products firm that focuses on the fixed annuity, life and long term care industries. As a Sales Associate, you’ll be actively involved in building new business and in servicing and growing existing accounts via heavy cold calling and telephone follow up. Ideal candidates will be degreed and have a minimum of 2 years prior sales experience in life insurance. We are seeking outgoing individuals that are high energy, hungry to succeed, quick leaner and very computer literate. Compensation package includes a base salary + commission/bonus potential and excellent benefits. This is a starting position in the sales department of this company. Successful individuals will be quickly promoted from this position! Kimberly Shelton (kshelton@murrayresources.com) is ready to answer any questions.

DT Houston client is ready to add an Onshore Drilling Engineer to their team. We are specifically looking for someone with horizontal drilling experience. Drilling Engineer will perform engineering work requiring application of standard techniques, procedures and criteria in carrying out a sequence of engineering tasks. May be required to prepare estimated drilling well costs for company operated exploratory, developmental and remedial drilling activities. Precise and accurate well designs for drilling activities is a must. Provide technical assistance to drilling operations staff to ensure that each well is completed in a safe, efficient manner. Generate Final Well Reports on a project basis, depicting success and/or failure to specific operations as a result of implementation of designed drilling procedure for utilization of future well plans. Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering, plus a minimum of 5-10 years industry experience- specifically as a Drilling Engineer. 40% of your time will be spent traveling. Salary range for this position is competitive at $100K and above. In order to be considered for this position, you will need to meet the above criteria. Please forward your resume and credentials to Linda Cooper (Lcooper@murrayresources.com).

This north Houston fiberglass piping company is in need of a Mechanic. These mechanics must have their own tools and be working 12 hour days with rotating schedules. They must also work nights and overtime as needed and MUST be able to work with pneumatic, hydraulic and rotating equipment. Welding and working with fabrications will be required, as will reading prints and working with boiler & heat exchange equipment. This is a great, well established company with good benefits and a future! $36K – $41K. Please contact Linda Cooper (Lcooper@murrayresources.com) with questions.

Spring area salon is looking for a Front Desk Receptionist with excellent customer service and computer skills. This person will be responsible for electronically booking appointments, making follow up phone calls, collecting payments and logging invoices. Must maintain good customer relations at all times with a positive attitude. The hours are Tue-Fri 9-5 and Sat. 9-3. Pay rate is $10/hr. Kimberly Shelton (kshelton@murrayresources.com) is ready to get candidate started immediately.

Downtown area energy company is in need of a Receptionist. Qualified candidates will have 1-2 years experience, excellent communication skills, basic to intermediate MSO skills and have a polished presentation as you will be the Director of First Impressions for the company. Duties will include answering and directing calls, greeting guests, opening and sorting mail, receiving packages and providing general administrative support for various departments. This is a temp-to-hire opportunity with a great company in a comfortable working environment. Company paid parking with salary of $30-$33K DOE. Please submit questions or notice of interest to Sherri Horn (shorn@murrayresources.com).

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Murray Resources Monthly – April 2009

April 9th, 2009

Murray Resources Monthly – April 2009

Laid Off? Write a Recession Effective Resume

By Robin Ryan, Career Coach

If you’ve been laid off recently, or maybe still employed with a company that is looking to cut costs, protect yourself by creating a resume that will stand out amongst others in your position.

Usually there is a flood of feelings that come with losing your job. Shock. Denial. Anger. Betrayal. Fear. Guilt. Sometimes even relief. It’s traumatic. Your sense of self-worth, and for many, your entire identity has been attacked.

Losing your job is one of the more stressful events that life can bring. Everyone hates those feelings of rejection, but coping properly will do a great deal to get you back to work faster.

Mark was a project manager with a large wireless company. Last month he got laid off and sought me out to help him turn around his life. He made over $100K and wanted to land a good job but wasn’t sure how to start. Janet was part of a larger corporate layoff. After thirteen years with the same company, she knew she needed help to get another high-paying position. But, job search techniques have changed. Both clients learned that to succeed in today’s changing job market, they had to distinguish themselves from other applicants. That means terrific self-marketing.

To increase your opportunities to move ahead try implementing these similar success strategies:

Write a top notch resume. Employers want to see specific results and accomplishments. General, boring job descriptions are ineffective; it’s noting specific results that gets employers’ attention. Define how you have saved time, increased productivity, cut costs and added to the bottom line. Make sure your resume screams, “I’m a get-the-job-done kind of person.” Use the actions = results formula, hitting only your major accomplishments and noting the experience you have that is necessary to do the job. Action verbs like directed, created, implemented are powerful so start each sentence with one.

Network online and offline! 63% of all jobs last year were found through contacts according to the Department of Labor. Others can pass on leads and introductions, even forward your resume on to a hiring manager, to insure you get a look. Join and attend professional meetings, making an effort to meet two people to add to your network. If you have a favorite company you wish to get into, search your network and theirs to find someone inside to help you.

Hit the interview running. Start the interview in the best possible way: when the interviewer asks the, ‘Tell me about yourself’ question, forget an autobiography. Use the 60 Second Sell. This technique has you analyze the job duties the employer wants accomplished, then select your top five selling points – your strongest abilities, experience and skills – that demonstrate that you can do the job. Link these five points together in a few sentences and you have created a verbal business card that is the most effective way to begin and to close the interview.

Keep the momentum going. During the interview, keep it going with well-prepared answers to questions and practice before you ever face the interviewer. Pre-determine some specific examples of your past performance for any situational questions that come up.

Be professional and dress up! Too casual is unprofessional, but this is a mistake many people are making. You need to “look” like a role-model of the company who would fit in nicely with the image the company wants to portray. A big smile on your face is your most important asset; use it often.


Top Temp
Congratulations to Evelyn Price for being selected Murray Resources’ Top Temp for the month of April. Evelyn has worked with Murray Resources for quite some time. She consistently exceeds our customers’ expectations and has constantly demonstrated dedication, a strong work ethic and excellent customer service skills. Thank you Evelyn! Your hard work has not gone unnoticed! Evelyn and all future Top Temps will receive a $25 gift card to Target!
Hot Jobs
Worldwide manufacturing firm located in North Houston has launched a full time search for an Accounts Payable Supervisor to oversee the A/P Operations. This position has 25-30 direct reports at any given time, and reports to an Accounts Payable Manager. We are seeking candidates that have prior A/P Supervisor experience with a large company in the last 5 years, and a broad-based background in Accounting as well. A degree in Accounting is highly preferred, but not required. CPA a plus! Ready to interview immediately! Salary offered will depend upon prior experience, education and certifications. Please contact Carol Copley (ccopley@murrayresources.com) for more details.

Commercial landscape company that provides professional landscape management through maintenance, installation and irrigation services is hiring for a new position of Superintendent of Landscape Operations. The qualified candidate must have 10+ years industry experience in scheduling, crew management, purchasing, equipment, job management, and familiarity with project estimating – a background in account management and field supervision of multiple crews is a big plus! Working knowledge of Spanish is a plus. This person should have leadership and decision-making skills with a proven track record of success. Base salary is $50K-$65K depending on experience with a bonus in excess of 15% for results. This company provides a vehicle program, health benefits and 401(k). A great company to work for! Carol Copley (ccopley@murrayresources.com) is the contact person for more details.

North Houston area client is looking for a Buyer. The responsibilities include supporting the purchasing department, negotiating cost and delivery schedules. Must have a full understanding of the purchasing process and must have a background in purchasing metals. This is a contract assignment with the possibility of perm within 4-5 months. $16-18/hour DOE. Please contact Linda Cooper (lcooper@murrayresources.com) for more information.

Experienced Restaurant General Manager needed for an upscale restaurant. Will be responsible for gross margin, financial statements, P&L, food cost control and labor cost control. Must be able to work flexible schedules to include weekends. Great opportunity. Up to $55K. Please contact Carol Copley (ccopley@murrayresources.com) for more information and consideration for this opening.

Put your Front Desk skills to work in this temporary assignment that has potential for full time! Looking for someone with high energy and the ability to multi-task. This assignment is for a client in downtown Houston and will pay up to $14.00/hour. Please contact Sherri Horn (shorn@murrayresources.com) or Kimberly Shelton (kshelton@murrayresources.com) for further details.

Born to Sell? Some people just have a natural sales personality. If that describes you, you’ll thrive in this west Houston financial products firm which focuses on the fixed annuity, life and long term care industries. You’ll be actively involved in building new business and in servicing and growing existing accounts via heavy cold calling and telephone follow up. Ideal candidates will be degreed and have a minimum of 2 years prior sales experience. We are seeking outgoing individuals that are high-energy, hungry to succeed, quick learners and very computer literate. Compensation package includes a base salary + commission/bonus potential and excellent benefits. This is a starting position in the sales department of this company. Successful individuals will be quickly promoted from this position! Kimberly Shelton (kshelton@murrayresources.com) is the contact for more information.



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Murray Resources Wins First Place for “Blended Team Awards in the Administrative Category” in 2006

October 29th, 2008

The Texas Association of Personnel Consultants awarded Murray Resources first place for the “Blended Team Awards in the Adiminstrative Category” in 2006 at the TAPC annual meeting in April 2007. The Murray Resources team was selected for the top production award in the blended services desk division, where each personnel consultant handles temporary, temp-to-perm and direct hire placements.


The Murray Resources team received top honors in 2006 at the annual TAPC conference.

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