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

 

Interview Tips for Houston Oil & Gas Workers

February 24th, 2015

As top energy recruiters in Houston, Murray Resources knows the statistics aren’t pretty these days when you look at the oil and gas industry. However, if you were recently laid off or are looking for a job in Houston’s energy industry, there are steps you can take to put yourself in a better position to succeed, including acing the interview. To help you bring your ‘A’ game to your next job interview, follow these tips:

Tip #1: Prepare ahead of time.

Even if you’ve worked in the industry for years, you still need to do your homework before you walk into an interview room. That means conducting thorough research of the company you’re applying to, including visiting their website and social media profiles; learning about their history, vision, goals and challenges, and where they fit in the overall oil and gas supply chain; reading through their annual report; and knowing the job description so you can talk about how your background is a good fit for it.

Additionally, if you know someone who already works at the company, reach out to them and ask for any tips on getting hired. Most times, people are glad to help out.

Tip #2: Present yourself professionally.

When you’re interviewing for a new job, you need to dress the part. Image is everything in today’s culture and if you show up in jeans and a t-shirt, you’re not going to make the best impression, regardless of your experience. Remember too, the first impression is often the last one. So dressing smart, being on time, acting professionally, and speaking articulately are all critically important to your success in landing the job. It sends the message to the potential employer that you care about the opportunity.

Tip #3: Promote your experience.

If you already have experience in the oil and gas industry, then leverage it. Promote it by giving specific examples of relevant projects you’ve worked on, the results you’ve delivered, and how that experience can help you in the role you’re interviewing for. If you’re looking to land your first job in oil and gas, then talk about how your skills are transferable from another industry. Give the hiring manager specific examples of how you can successfully switch from a different industry and what you can bring to the table that’s unique as a result.

Tip #4: Ask meaningful questions.

Remember a job interview is a two-way street. You’re trying to determine whether or not the position is a good fit for you, just as much as the employer is trying to find out whether you’re right for the job. In addition, asking questions shows the hiring manager that you are enthusiastic about the position and want to know more. Generally, candidates ask questions at the end of an interview, but depending on how the interview involves, you can certainly ask questions throughout.

If you’d like expert help finding your next Houston oil and gas job, call Murray Resources. As leading energy recruiters in Houston, we can connect you with top employers and top jobs. Contact us today to learn more.

Advice for Managing Houston Oil & Gas Layoffs

February 3rd, 2015

Houston’s energy industry has been facing big layoffs and spending cuts due to plunging crude oil prices. While paying less at the pump is good for the consumer, it’s costly for companies and employees. Consider these statistics:

  • Schlumberger – 9,000 employees cut
  • Apache – 5% of workforce cut
  • Halliburton – 1,000 employees cut

In addition, as a top staffing and recruiting firm in the energy industry, Murray Resources knows the situation may actually get worse before it gets better. How can you manage well during layoffs – and keep your remaining staff productive and on task?

Start by following these tips:

Communicate often.

During difficult times it’s critical for your staff to know where they stand, even if the news isn’t good. Now is not the time to shut down the lines of communication. In fact, you should be communicating with your employees more than ever. You may not be able to offer any guarantees, but at least you can explain to them why you are making the decisions you are. Even if you don’t know what the future will bring, lay out a few possible scenarios so your staff can prepare.

Show compassion.

Whether an employee has been laid off, or left behind, the situation is difficult and both need time to let the news sink in. In addition, don’t think that your staff is simply “happy to still have jobs”; they’re likely mourning the loss of co-workers and friends and wondering what the future holds for them. So show some compassion and offer as much re-assurance as possible.

Cut the perks.

Nothing will upset and frustrate employees more than dealing with potential layoffs, only to see management going out for expensive lunches. Now’s the time to “walk the walk” and cut the unnecessary and expensive perks.

Thank employees.

Those left behind may have to take on more work to keep the company running. Make sure you show them appreciation for doing so, whether it’s bringing in lunch every once in a while or simply saying “thanks.” You want your team to understand that you’re all in this together and that you recognize and appreciate their contributions.

Prioritize work.

With fewer employees doing more work, it’s important to prioritize to ensure no one gets burned out. Meet with your team members and go over responsibilities to determine what isn’t mission critical. Create a list of priorities and make sure the most important tasks are focused on first.

Stay calm.

Your team is going to be taking cues from you. So it’s important to stay calm on the surface even if you’re stressed.

Layoffs are never easy. But if you manage them right, you can minimize damages and ensure your people survive and stay focused on the future of the company.

If you need additional human resources help for your company, call Murray Resources. As a top staffing and recruiting firm in the energy industry, we can help take the hassle out of HR. Contact us today to learn more.

Murray Resources Wins Prestigious Houston West Chamber of Commerce ‘Star Award’

February 7th, 2014

HOUSTON, February 7 , 2014 – Today, Murray Resources, a leading recruiting and staffing firm based in Houston, Texas, was awarded the prestigious Star Award in the Business Services Category (11+ employees), by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. The Star Awards recognize businesses that have positively impacted the West Houston economy. Entries are evaluated by an independent panel on the basis of their economic growth, contributions to the community, and West Houston impact.

“We’re extremely proud to have won this award, as it’s a testament, not only to our company’s financial performance, but also to the substantial contributions our employees make to the community. That’s something our employees are very passionate about and something in which Murray Resources takes immense pride,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

In addition to the Star Award recognition, Murray Resources’ growth over the past 3 years has earned the company a place on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Marsha Murray was also recently named to the Houston Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy for the 3rd consecutive year.

Ms. Murray accepted the Star Award on behalf of Murray Resources at the 16th annual Star Awards luncheon held at the Houston Omni West on February 7th, 2014. Over 600 members of the West Houston business community were in attendance.

For more information about Murray Resource, please visit: www.murrayresources.com.

About Murray Resources

Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. In 2013 the firm was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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Houston Staffing Agency Murray Resources Releases 2014 Houston Hiring Outlook Report

January 7th, 2014

HOUSTON, January 7, 2014 – Today, Murray Resources, a leading recruiting and staffing firm based in Houston, Texas, released the results of the company’s third annual Houston Growth and Staffing Outlook Report.

Since 2012 Murray Resources has surveyed Houston executives, HR staff, and hiring managers with the objective of gaining visibility into the economic and staffing outlook entering the new year. 60 Houston company leaders and executives, HR staff, and hiring managers – representing 20 different industries – responded to this year’s survey.

“Last year’s survey indicated that Houston companies would be hiring at levels not seen since the before the recession and that turned out to be the case. Almost 80% of last year’s respondents reported that they expected to increase hiring. This year’s report has that number at 53% – significantly lower, but still a healthy rate that indicates another strong year of hiring,” said Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources.

For the second straight year there appears to be particularly strong demand for sales talent, with companies also reporting high demand for operations and engineering talent going into the new year. The top five areas expecting a moderate to significant increase in hiring are: Sales (38% anticipated increase), Operations (32%), Engineering (23%), Finance / Accounting (18%), Administrative (17%).

Additional key insights from the study:

  • Attracting qualified talent continues to be the most significant human resource challenge facing Houston companies. 57% of respondents anticipate their company’s ability to attract qualified employees to be their biggest staffing challenge in the coming 12 months.
  • Retaining current staff is a growing concern. 27% of respondents expect retaining current staff to be their biggest staffing challenge in the coming 12 months, versus 11% in last year’s survey.
  • Almost half of employers anticipate an increase in hiring full-time employees during 2014. 46% of respondents expect a moderate or significant increase in full-time employees in the coming year.

As with last year’s survey, HR executives, managers, and staff represented the majority of respondents (44%). The largest single group of respondents – HR Managers – comprised 22% of the survey base, while CEO/President/Principal/Partner and C-Level/VP/Director (HR) both represented 18% of respondents.

For information on Murray Resource’s recruiting and staffing services, please visit: www.murrayresources.com/employers.

About Murray Resources

Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. In 2013 the firm was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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Why Houston is #1 for Engineering Jobs

September 17th, 2013

The numbers are in and Houston takes the top spot in the nation for the highest demand for engineers, according to a new Monster.com survey.

The online job board service ranked the top engineering job opportunities by region, and discovered that Houston had the highest volume of engineering jobs listed across the nation. Houston even trumped San Jose, California, for the number of opportunities. Dallas and Austin also took top spots, with Dallas listed at number seven in the nation, and Austin at number ten in terms of ranking.

No wonder the Houston employment market is constantly on the search for skilled engineers to fill its job needs. In fact, energy, manufacturing and technology companies are all demanding more engineer candidates, according to the Houston engineering recruiters at Murray Resources.

New initiatives aim to fill the engineering pipeline

A variety of new initiatives have been put in place to increase the influx of engineers in the Houston market, which is good news to Houston engineering recruiters throughout the area.

The Greater Houston Partnership started a regional task force to help employers attract skilled technical workers to Houston, and Microsoft created YouthSpark Houston, a program designed to increase the number of skilled science, math, technology and engineering students in the region.

Yet all this activity will take a while to bear fruit. Meanwhile, the demand for engineers in Houston is at a high.

What makes Houston the top spot seeking engineering talent?

Not surprisingly, the Bayou City’s prosperity rests strongly on its role as the center of energy production for much of the country. The presence of major energy companies such as Exxon and Conoco Phillips in Houston’s Energy Corridor lead to high demand for engineers in the energy sector. So much so that, while the nationwide hiring demand for engineers has declined by almost 10% since March 2012, demand in the Houston metro area has grown by 11%.

What kind of engineering talent do companies seek?

Research by Houston engineering recruiters and others keen on following the engineering job trends in Houston point to these roles as the 10 most in-demand engineering job titles:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer

Related to this, the five skills are most commonly highlighted in ads seeking engineering talent in the Houston metro area are:

  • Project management
  • Microsoft Office
  • Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

A great lifestyle sweetens the deal

All this growth in the oil and gas industries, not to mention every sector of Houston’s economy, has had the benefit of turning Houston into a thriving cultural mecca, with housing, dining and entertainment options galore.

Along with this, all Houston engineering recruiters note that Houston’s highly affordable housing market, combined with improved job availability and business opportunities, a lower cost of living and a warmer climate will keep bringing more new transplants to Houston, in engineering roles and beyond.

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

Turn to Murray Resources, award-winning Houston recruiting firm, for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today at 713.935.0009 or apply to one of our open Houston jobs to get started.

How to Land Your Next Engineering Job in Oil and Gas

July 21st, 2013

In a competitive job market, such as Houston’s thriving oil and gas sector, even if you’re a highly-trained, qualified engineer, you need to go above and beyond  to land the job you want. As one of the leading firms in its field,  Murray Resources and its team of Houston engineering recruiters understand the importance of finding novel ways of capitalizing on every available opportunity to stress your uniqueness as a candidate.

Advice from Murray Resources’ Houston Engineering Recruiters

In order to rise above other job seekers, apply these creative job seeking techniques to ensure you’re the applicant who gets noticed.

Preparation.

You’d be surprised how many candidates know little about the companies with whom they interview. Don’t be that interviewee. Know the company’s business – because your competition will. Doing so will enable you to ask more specific questions and help you impress the employer. Spend time on the web uncovering as much information as you can about the company. Likewise, mine your network to find out who you know that may be able to introduce you to current employees or offer insider insight for an edge over other candidates. Also, find out whatever you can about the job. Know where you can add value by thoroughly understanding the job description, what makes you unique, and how you can hit the ground running.

Passion.

Any employer wants to know that a prospective employee is passionate about what he or she does. The best way to show your passion is to understand what excites you and why. So identify the fundamental themes that occur when you feel energized and engaged. Make a list of the things that have ignited your passion in your personal and professional life. Then ask yourself, why does this get me going? What about it makes it so energizing? Keep asking why until you reach the underlying reason. It’s a great way to reverse engineer what fuels your passion and show it to prospective employers.

Presentation.

To set yourself apart, consider creating a personal presentation and delivering it during the interview. Instead of merely answering questions as they come your way, delivering your own presentation enables you to set the tone for the discussion and point out skills and experiences that you want to ensure the hiring manager gets to hear. Use examples from your work and use elements that highlight your public speaking abilities and presentation skills. A word of advice: your presentation should run no longer than five minutes or you risk monopolizing the time that interviewers need to evaluate you.

Competitive Times Call for Exceptional Measures

Murray Resources’ team of Houston engineering recruiters will tell you that while there is certainly a hot market for engineering talent in Houston, there’s a lot of competition for highly-sought engineering jobs in the oil and gas sector. In order to succeed, you must strive to make an impression that simply can’t be ignored. Land your next engineering job by displaying a little creative thinking and bit of extra effort.

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

Turn to Murray Resources, award-winning Houston recruiting firm, for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today at 713.935.0009 or apply to one of our open Houston jobs to get started.

Murray Resources’ President Marsha Murray Earns Selection to ‘Who’s Who in Energy’ List

December 4th, 2012

(HOUSTON, December 4th, 2012) – Today, Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, announced that its president, Marsha Murray, has been named to the exclusive list of “Who’s Who in Energy” for the second consecutive year.

The listing, compiled by the editors of the Houston Business Journal and six other business journals in the Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Antonio markets, recognized 100 key executives in each city’s energy industry. Selections were made based on a combination of open nominations, industry outreach, and internal research by each publication.

“It’s an honor to be selected among such an elite group of leaders in the energy community. As recruiters, it’s particularly gratifying to share the list with so many of Murray Resources’ clients,” said Ms. Murray.

Ms. Murray started Murray Resources in 1988 and today the Houston recruiting firm counts over 800 companies as clients, including eleven Fortune™ 1000 organizations and a number of Houston’s leading energy firms.

Murray Resources provides direct-hire services to leading Houston-area companies, with a focus on the following specialties:

  • Administrative
  • Accounting / Finance
  • Manufacturing / Operations
  • Customer Service
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Sales

Murray Resources also offers temporary, contract, temp-to-hire, payrolling, onsite recruiting management, and testing / assessment services.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune™ 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations, in the areas of administrative, accounting, customer service, engineering, finance, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and sales.  Murray Resources’ 95% Performance Evaluation Score represents one of the highest placement satisfaction rates in the industry. The company has been named a “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal and the #1 Fastest Growing Woman Owned Business in the Personnel Category by the Houston Business Journal. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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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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