Are You Active on LinkedIn? Here’s How the Right Action Can Help Your Career

January 9th, 2019

You might be busy. But if you’re interested in making a career move in the New Year, then you need to get active on LinkedIn. Not sure where to start? Here are a few quick actions from the LinkedIn profile writers at ResumeSpice you can easily take in the days and weeks ahead that can have a big impact on your career in 2019:

 

Keep your profile current.

 

It sounds like a no-brainer. And yet, many professionals have stagnant profiles that sit there year after year without so much as a word change. But if you want to stand out and make the best impression possible on recruiters and hiring managers, you need to ensure your profile is current and compelling.

 

Keep in mind, too, your profile doesn’t need to read like a resume. It should offer more unique insight into who you are and what you do in order to get your audience engaged. You can do that in any number of ways, from telling a story to promoting your portfolio to sharing a video of an important career highlight.

 

Post status updates.

 

Status updates help your connections learn about your skills and experience; they also keep you on their radar. Not only that, but according to LinkedIn, job seekers who updated their status weekly were 10 times more likely to be contacted by recruiters. Some different update ideas include asking questions, sharing quotes and information, talking about industry trends, or offering your take on a hot career-related topic.

 

Stay social.

 

If you want to make the most of LinkedIn, it’s important to stay social on it. That means regularly engaging with your contacts by liking, sharing and commenting on their activities. It also means taking the time to research and seek out new connections. When you do, though, don’t send a generic connection message. Take the time to craft a custom invitation to connect.

 

Join a group.

 

Being active in a Group on LinkedIn can offer many different benefits. It can help you expand your network within your field beyond those in your immediate circle. It can also help you increase your visibility among other industry professionals, as well as recruiters and hiring managers looking for professionals like you. Finally, it can give you a forum for posting your own questions and engaging in discussions that can enhance your knowledge base.

 

Search jobs.

 

At any given time, there are millions of different job opportunities being promoted on LinkedIn. So if you’re looking to make a career move, spend some time searching these and setting up email alerts so you’re notified when new opportunities get posted.

 

Interested in a new job in the New Year?

 

Connect with the LinkedIn profile writers at ResumeSpice for help with yours. We can help you build a powerful presence online, all so you can achieve your career goals. Call us today at 832.930.7378 to learn more or get started.

Invest in Your Personal Brand: Why Career Marketing is So Crucial to Professional Advancement

January 3rd, 2019

Just 10 years ago, all you needed to apply for a new job was a cover letter and a resume. Things have changed dramatically since then. In today’s world, a personal brand is a must. But what exactly does that mean, and how can you create one to advance your career in 2019?

 

A personal brand is simply a way to differentiate yourself. It defines the unique value and experience you offer. It showcases your personality so you come across as authentic. And it positions you as a leading professional that employers want to hire. At its essence, it’s how people remember you.

 

That’s critically important in a competitive job market. For instance, when you have a polished and professional personal brand, you’ll benefit in many valuable ways, including:

 

Improving visibility in your industry.

 

This is vital, particularly when it comes to looking for a new job. The better known you are, the more recruiters and hiring managers you’ll get in front of. Not only that, but realistic or not, visibility equates to more familiarity. Companies want to hire people they know because they feel more comfortable with them.

 

Broadcasting more authority.

 

When you have a strong personal brand, it shows that you’re a trusted authority. Your opinion is, therefore, going to matter to more people. Recruiters and other professionals will seek you out and connect with you on an emotional level. This will help to build more trust among you and your network, which can play an invaluable part in your career.

 

Showcasing special skills.

 

You have a specialized combination of work and life experience that can set you apart from other candidates. When it comes to what makes you unique as a professional, a personal brand will help you show it off, whether it’s through your own website, blog posts, articles you author on LinkedIn, or speaking engagements.

 

Setting yourself apart from the competition.

 

At the end of the day, whether you’re looking for a new job, to expand your network, or the chance to take your career to a whole new level, a personal brand can play a key role. It will help to make you more memorable as you strive to achieve your career goals.

 

Ready for professional help creating a personal brand?

 

Turn to the team at ResumeSpice. We offer a variety of services, from professional bio writing to LinkedIn profile writing and more, we’ll help you develop your own compelling personal brand. To get started, call us today at 832.930.7378.

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Breaking Resume Myths: Limiting to One Page May Limit Your Potential

December 26th, 2018

Writing a resume is a delicate balance. When it comes to how long yours should actually be, you’ve probably heard the “one-page” rule. However, it’s not necessarily true and can actually wind up hurting your job search if you stick to it. Here’s why:

 

You cram too much information in.

If you’re desperately trying to stick to one-page during the resume writing process, chances are, your margins are going to be too narrow and fonts too small. As a result, hiring managers aren’t going to read your resume. They’re busy and need to be able to quickly and easily scan each one. If they require a magnifying glass to read yours, they’re likely going to skip it.

 

You leave out vital information.

In an effort to pare down your resume to a page, you could be leaving out critical information; the kinds of details that would distinguish you from other candidates. That’s why you shouldn’t be solely focused on length. Instead, concentrate on highlighting what’s important and most relevant for the hiring manager to know about you. You might still need to edit; however, you have a lot more flexibility with two pages instead of one.

 

It makes you look inexperienced.

Hiring managers expect experienced professionals to have a resume that’s more than one page. They also expect it to be polished and professional, with plenty of white space and proper formatting. So if your resume is jam-packed and messy-looking on a single page, it’s not going to reflect well on you or your background.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. For instance, if you just launched your career or only have a couple of years of experience, your resume should be one-page long. Anything more than that will make you look presumptuous, or like you’re unwilling or unable to edit. Stick to a single page and use appropriate margins and a font size that’s reasonably easy to read. That means one-inch margins and at least an 11-point font. Hiring managers will notice and thank you for it.

 

Writing a compelling resume takes a lot of work. On top of content, you need to think about other details, like length. If you’d like professional help and advice with the process, turn to the experienced resume writers at ResumeSpice. Whether you need some quick feedback or a total overhaul, we can help. To learn more, call us today at 832.930.7378.

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The Importance of Keeping Your LinkedIn Profile Up to Date

December 11th, 2018

So you’re not a social media expert. That doesn’t mean you should keep up a 10-year-old LinkedIn profile and call it a day. As LinkedIn profile writers, ResumeSpice knows that in today’s world, every professional – from entry-level to executive – should have a regularly updated one. Here are 5 critical reasons why:

 

#1: It’s assumed you’ll have one.

Imagine applying for a job and a hiring manager looks you up on LinkedIn. What will they find? If it’s old information, they’re going to wonder about your ambition and enthusiasm for your career. It’s simply presumed that experienced professionals will have updated LinkedIn profiles and if you don’t, it can seriously set your career back.

 

#2: Recruiters are looking for people like you.

Whether or not you’re looking for a new job, recruiters are looking for people like you. But if your LinkedIn profile doesn’t have your current skills and abilities, then don’t expect to show up in their searches. There are many different and exciting opportunities that could come your way from your profile – if it’s routinely updated. If not, you’ll get passed by.

 

#3: It makes you seem driven.

If your profile is polished and professional, with all your skills and abilities up to date, you’re going to stand out. However, if it’s not completed or you haven’t touched it in years, it can send the message that you’re less-than-driven when it comes to your career. It can also communicate that you’re not paying attention to detail or don’t understand the importance of LinkedIn. Either way, it doesn’t paint you in a positive light for hiring managers and recruiters.

 

#4: It gives people a sense of who you are.

The beauty of your LinkedIn profile is that you can infuse more personality into it than your resume. It, therefore, gives recruiters a better sense of who you are and how you think. This can be the key to distinguishing your background and skills from another candidate they’re considering.

 

#5: It helps you expand your network.

When your profile has the most recent information, your peers and colleagues will be better able to find and connect with you. This can especially handy when you’re searching for a job and looking for leads on new opportunities. You’ll already have a solid network of connections with similar business goals and careers you can turn to for advice and help with the process.

 

Now that you know the importance of keeping your network updated, where do you begin? If you don’t have the time or expertise, simply turn to the LinkedIn profile writers at ResumeSpice for help. We know what recruiters and hiring managers look for in profiles and can help you build a powerful one that gets the results you want. Call 832.930.7378 today to learn more or get started.

Murray Resources President Named Stevie Award Finalist for Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award

October 18th, 2017

HOUSTON, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, today announced that the company’s president, Marsha Murray, has been recognized as a Stevie Award finalist in the “Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services” category.

Each finalist will be recognized as either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winner at an awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 17, 2017.

The Stevie Award for Women in Business honors women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year. Finalists were chosen by more than 170 professionals worldwide serving on five specialized judging committees.

“I’m thrilled for our entire team, as this award is really a reflection of the wonderful work they do for our clients and candidates on a daily basis. As recruiters, we are truly in the people business and our company is only as strong as the people who work for us. As we enter our 30th year of business, winning this award represents a wonderful milestone for company,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

“Every year we say that the current crop of Stevies for Women nominations couldn’t be better, and the next year we’re proven wrong,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.  “The judges’ scores and comments bear witness to the fact that this year we will honor a truly remarkable class of women and women-led organizations in New York on November 17.”

Nominations were submitted by organizations in 25 nations including AustraliaBahrainCanadaGermanyIcelandIndiaItalyJordanKenyaLebanonMexicoNew ZealandNigeriaPakistanPhilippinesPortugalSaudi ArabiaSingaporeSouth AfricaSouth KoreaSwedenTaiwanTurkeyUnited Kingdom and the United States.

More information about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, including the full list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women. More information about Murray Resources can be found at www.murrayresources.com.

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.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Murray Resources Named to Houston Business Journal’s List of Top Placement Firms

June 21st, 2017

HOUSTONJune 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Murray Resources, a leading Houston-based recruiting firm and staffing agency, announced that the company has earned the number five spot on the Houston Business Journal’s list of top 25 direct hire placement firms in Houston and the number twelve spot on the list of top 25 temporary placement firms. The company was one of only three recruiting firms that ranked twelve or higher on both lists.

The Houston Business Journal’s list of top direct hire firms is based on the total number of placements made during the year, while the temporary placement list is based on the total number of billable hours accrued by temporaries on assignment during the year.

Marsha Murray started Murray Resources in 1988 with a $2,000 loan she used to purchase a typewriter, business cards, and a brochure. Almost 30 years later, the firm has grown to count over 800 companies as clients, including eleven Fortune™ 500 organizations. Murray Resources has placed thousands of job seekers in roles ranging from administrative assistants to c-level executives.

“Being named one of Houston’s top recruiting firms is a tremendous accomplishment for our team, but it’s also a reflection of our clients’ growth and the trust that they place in us to find great talent for their teams. We recognize that our clients and candidates have choices and we don’t take their decision to work with us for granted. It’s something we have to earn and live up to every day,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

Murray Resources has been in high-growth mode over the last two years, including the following initiatives:

  • Increased headcount by 25%, adding significantly to its recruiting and business development teams.
  • Acquired Kingwood Personnel, a leading north Houston staffing agency. (May 2015)
  • Launched ResumeSpice, a nationwide career coaching and resume writing service. (June 2016)
  • Launched Murray Industrial division to provide light industrial staffing services. (September 2016)

“While our focus has always been on providing the highest-quality services to our clients, being able to grow our company while being recognized as one Houston’s top recruitment firms is a wonderful accomplishment for our team. We anticipate an even stronger 2017, as Houston’s economic environment continues to improve. Our Houston Growth and Staffing Outlook Report for 2017 projected increased hiring activity for 2017, which has certainly been the case through the first half of the year,” said Keith Wolf, managing director of Murray Resources.

About Murray Resources
Founded in 1988, Murray Resources is a leading Houston recruiting firm and staffing agency. The company has repeatedly been named by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s 15 largest direct hire firms. In 2013, 2015, and 2016 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, light industrial, 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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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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How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits (Part 2)

December 13th, 2012

If you’ve read part one of our two blog series on How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits, you’ve done your homework and are feeling confident about negotiating your salary and benefits. It’s now time to embark on the part two the process: execution.

Prove You’re Worth It
Katherine McGinn, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, explains that during the negotiation, “you have to be creative about demonstrating the value you’ll bring to the company.” Much like you’ve been doing throughout the interview process, you need to really drive home why you’re the perfect person to fill the specific job: unique skills, culminated experience, and a personality that fits with the organization’s culture are a few examples of good reasons to emphasize. “In a time of full employment, employers are looking for a person who can do the work,” she says. “In a time of unemployment, they are looking for the absolute best person to do the job.“ Be aware of the impression you’re giving off to the hiring manager, and focus on coming up with compromises and solutions throughout the negotiation that meet the needs of both you and the organization.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Word ‘No’
Sometimes, there are aspects of a new contract that are simply non-negotiable. The company may be on a budget and might not have the financial resources to fulfill a request; or they may simply have policies that they’re unwilling to compromise because they’ve become part of the organization’s culture. Whatever the reason, don’t be embarrassed or overly discouraged if your prospective employer has some issues on which they simply won’t budge. You’ll never know until you ask, and as long as you approach the negotiation politely and professionally, you will not do damage to your future working relationship.

What to Say When the Offer is Too Low
As with any negotiation, the possibility exists that you will not be satisfied with the offer. A couple of things NOT to do: don’t panic, and don’t take it personally. The organization is not trying to devalue you, nor are they trying to insinuate that the work you would be doing for them is unimportant. McGinn suggests that if you have grounds to do so (which, since you’ve done your research, you likely do), respectfully disagree with the figure they’ve put forth. One potential approach: “I don’t think I’ve done an adequate job of conveying the value I believe I can bring to your organization.” Take a minute here to discuss a few key points and then provide a counter offer backed up by research.

Ask For Help
Finally, negotiating a new compensation package is one of those areas in a job search where recruiting firms can add tremendous value. Many candidates, especially in today’s job market, are understandably uncomfortable with entering into these kinds of negotiations, as they’re reluctant to sound unappreciative of the career opportunity. Murray Resources and other Houston staffing and recruiting firms serve as the middle man in these kinds of situations, working to appease the mutual interests of both employers and candidates. While a new hire would be hesitant to broach the topic of salary or benefits negotiation with a prospective employer, the recruiting firm typically has an established rapport and proven track-record with them, as well as extensive knowledge of typical compensation plans.

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

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

 

How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits (Part 1)

December 12th, 2012

One of the most frequent questions we at Murray Resources, one of the top Houston staffing firms, receive from job-seekers is whether or not it’s appropriate to negotiate the salary and benefits when offered a job.

The Short Answer is Yes
Depending on the type of position, level within the organization, and the leverage you bring to the table, candidates should consider negotiating their salary/benefits when offered a job. In some cases a negotiation is expected, as this step provides the first opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills of persuasion, professionalism, and contract analysis to your new employer. For example, if you have been offered a senior sales position and accept the first offer extended, your future employer make question your ability to negotiate with potential customers. They also may question how much value you place on your own credentials.

Do Your Research
The first phase of a successful negotiation begins well in advance: preparation. Put yourself in the best possible position to have your demands met by entering into the discussion with well-researched facts and information to substantiate your claims. Explore the typical range of compensation within the industry for the type of position you’ve just been offered, and be sure to get your information from more than one source. There are a number of websites, including Salary.com, Vault.com, and Payscale.com. It’s also always a good idea to have trusted members of your own network weigh in on the issue, particularly if they’re involved in a similar industry. While you may be uncomfortable asking a friend in a similar position how much they make, try phrasing the question in a way that less directly addresses their own earnings: “How much do you think this company would be willing to pay someone in the position I’ve been offered?” Houston staffing firms such as Murray Resources are also good sources of market salary data.

Set Your Goals
Aside from just doing your research, the other crucial aspect of preparing for a negotiation of salary and benefits is determining what you personally want. Jack Chapman, career coach and author of Negotiating Your Salary, How to Make $1000 a Minute, advises to have an ideal number, a satisfactory number, and a no-go number set in your mind before you enter into the negotiation – and the same applies for your benefits package. Your ideal number represents the amount you would want to make in your perfect situation (within reason of your position’s typical compensation). The satisfactory number is one that’s based more on research and your own worth- what value you can bring to the company. And your no-go number, arguably the most important, is the figure over which you’d walk away from the offer. Having this number set firmly in your mind will prevent you from accepting a low ball offer and compromising your own worth. Remember to keep in mind that you are negotiating a compensation package, not just a salary.

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

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

 

5 Creative Conversation Starters for the Company Holiday Party

December 7th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Holiday Networking Do’s and Don’ts

November 30th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Relieve Stress with Office Meditation

November 28th, 2012

Thanksgiving now behind us and Christmas-themed commercials abundant, it’s safe to say that the holidays are officially in full swing. But with gifts to buy, festivities to attend, and relatives not to offend, we at Murray Resources, one of the premier staffing agencies in Houston, understand that this time of year can get pretty stressful in both your personal and professional life.

In the spirit of keeping your holidays merry and bright, try these stress-relieving meditation techniques next time you begin feeling overwhelmed at home or in the workplace:

The Inner Smile

Often used in Taoist and Buddhist circles to relax before meditation, this technique helps to loosen the facial muscles that tend to unconsciously tense up as your stress level builds. Close your eyes and imagine yourself smiling with your forehead, exuding positive energy and releasing tension. Once you feel the muscles begin to relax in the areas you’re concentrating on, apply it to other parts of your face such as your temples, cheek bones, and jaw.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing has a calming effect on both mind and body, as the physical act of releasing a breath is associated with the mental release of negativity and stress. Breathe in through the nose, imagining your abdomen as a balloon filling with air. Push your diaphragm down and out as you inhale so as to make as much space as possible for the balloon to expand. Once you have no more room to expand, exhale through the mouth just as deeply, envisioning all of your tension draining out of you with each release. Attempt to match the duration of your exhale to that of your inhale to create a measured, even pattern of deep breathing.

Body Scan Meditation

This technique attempts to relax your entire body by concentrating on certain body parts piece by piece. Close your eyes and clear your mind. Imagine you are being lowered ever so slowly into a warm, glowing hot spring. Concentrate on the sensation of warmth first in your toes, and let it slowly move up your body. If you’re pressed for time, you may only be able to focus on relaxing one or two parts of your body (i.e. shoulders and neck). If you have a little more time, however, slowly guide the warmth through your feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, lower back, spine, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, back of the head, and finally forehead.

We at Murray Resources, one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, understand that holiday cheer comes with holiday responsibilities, which are often a source of stress at both home and the office. Keep this time of year from becoming overwhelming with these stress-relieving meditation techniques you can practice throughout your day!

For more detailed descriptions of each of these techniques, as well as even more types of meditation, check out the “12 Meditation Techniques for the Office” piece that inspired this post.

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The Best Time to Ask for a Raise

November 27th, 2012

So you have proven yourself as a valuable employee and put in countless hours on the job. Your supervisors have taken note of your excellent performance and you have been commended for your accomplishments. In light of all this positive reinforcement, you rightfully may be wondering, ‘Is it time to ask for a raise?’

The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources will all agree that timing is everything when it comes to this issue. Following these tips about knowing when to ask for a raise will put you in the best possible position to successfully negotiate your desired salary:

Do Your Research

Before you set up a meeting with your boss, you should do plenty of research about typical compensation for your particular position. There are a number of websites available that can give you a general baseline. For many positions, our Houston recruiters can give you a good idea of what the industry standard is. If you are being paid below the market rate for your position, then you may be more likely to receive a raise if you ask for one.

Consider the Economy

It’s no secret that we are currently experiencing a sluggish economy. With so many people facing layoffs and pay cuts, you may be hesitant to ask for an increase in your salary. Conditions are certainly better for you when the economy is stronger. If things are slower at your company and departments are facing cutbacks, you should probably wait at least one or two quarters to reevaluate things before approaching your supervisor for a pay raise.

Market Yourself

Many people make the mistake of failing to sell their manager on why they deserve a raise. Your supervisor may be aware of some of your accomplishments, but if you want a higher salary than you will need to be prepared to highlight many different ways that you have proven yourself as an asset to the company. Selling yourself the right way makes it much easier for your employer to consider you for a pay increase.

Consider a Change in Your Position

This long-term strategy puts you in a great position to ask for a raise when the time comes. First, ask your supervisor if you can transfer to a position with more responsibility. If you move to a new position that produces more value for the company, then you can leverage this as a reason to justify asking for a raise. Just make sure that you time your request appropriately and not when the company or your current department is short-staffed.

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5 Tactics to Stand Out as a Job Applicant

November 26th, 2012

We at Murray Resources, leading Houston recruiting firm, know it’s a tough job market out there in this economy. We’re committed to helping people become their best candidate possible when it comes to applying for a position, and we’ve acquired some tricks over the years that can help a candidate get that extra edge necessary to land an interview. Intrigued? Then check out our list of 5 techniques that will help you to stand out as a job applicant below:

Snail mail:

In addition to electronically submitting your application, cover letter and resume for a job opening, surprise someone in HR by mailing a hard copy directly to the reviewer. While some bloggers have written this tactic off as superfluous or outdated, we know firsthand that when wading through a sea of electronic submissions, it’s refreshing to receive the personal touch of a hand addressed letter containing a thoughtful cover letter and resume. Just be sure to follow all instructions in the application when doing so, and indicate in your cover letter that you’ve also submitted an electronic copy for their review.

Leverage Your Connections:

As we’ve stressed every week on this blog, networking is a huge part of landing your dream job. If you’re fortunate enough to know someone who already works at the company you’re interested in, or who is in the same industry as your ideal employer, see if they can help you get your foot in the door. Meet up with your connection for lunch or coffee and politely ask if they’d be willing to write you a recommendation or make an introduction for you. A good word from someone in the business can go a long way in a reviewer’s eyes.

Utilize Social Media:

More and more companies are turning to social media platforms to engage with customers as well as job seekers. Take advantage of these direct lines of connection with a target employer by interacting with them on their social media profiles. Liking their Facebook page, commenting on their LinkedIn posts, and following them on Twitter are all great ways to learn more about the company, its culture, and upcoming events and opportunities. As an award-winning Houston recruiting firm, Murray Resources is constantly using social media to share new job openings, career advice, and recent successes with clients and candidates who follow us.

Strategic Resume Naming:

We’ve touched on the topic of common resume blunders in some of our previous posts, but we think one of them in particular is worth revisiting. As the job application process becomes increasingly digital, reviewers are swamped with more and more generically named resumes, i.e. “John Smith Resume,” “Smith Resume 2012,” or worst of all, simply “Resume.” Your resume file name provides one of the first opportunities to convey your creativity and enthusiasm for the position you’re seeking to a potential employer. Don’t waste the opportunity to stand out by using a generic title to save your resume that you’re uploading to an electronic application. Name your resume document something specific to the job you’re applying for that will catch a reviewer’s eye, i.e. “John Smith- Coca Cola, Inc. Financial Analyst Resume.”

Show Your Appreciation:

If our first four tips helped get you through the first round of the application process and landed you an interview, congratulations! But you’re not finished just yet. If you really want to stand out as a job applicant, after your interview, always always ALWAYS (did we mention always?) send a personalized thank you note to your interviewer. Email is obviously the quickest and easiest way to do this, but handwritten letters are pretty rare these days and add a personalized touch to an already nice gesture. Aside from thanking your interviewer for their time, there are a number of other topics you can mention in your note: reemphasize something you and your interviewer discussed during your time together, congratulate the company on a recent success, or even include an article that may be pertinent to the industry if you think your contact would find it interesting.

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6 of the Best Online Networking Resources For Job Seekers

November 23rd, 2012

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

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

1. MeetUp.com

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

2. LunchMeet

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

3. Ryze.com

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

4. BrazenCareerist.com

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

5. BranchOut

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

6. Meteor

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

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

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Annual Performance Review Myths BUSTED

November 21st, 2012

There are three words that, when combined in a certain order, have the power to raise the collective blood pressure of an entire office: Annual. Performance. Review.

The recruiters at Murray Resources, the award-winning Houston staffing agency, are constantly receiving questions about annual appraisals from employees, and we think it’s high time to de-bunk some of the myths that make the concept of an annual performance review so daunting.

MYTH#1:

An annual performance review is your boss’s chance to rehash every little mistake you’ve made as an employee over the past year.

Why This Myth Exists:

Employers often don’t do a good enough job setting proper expectations for performance reviews. The purpose, the process, and the possible outcomes are typically under-communicated, creating unnecessary anxiety going into the review.

The Truth:

An annual performance review is really an opportunity for an employer and employee to step back and assess how well the employee met their work objectives for the year, to learn from past mistakes and, to set new goals for the future.

MYTH #2:

An annual performance review is a waste of an employer’s and employee’s time since it covers past projects instead of looking forward.

Why This Myth Exists:

Reviewing a year’s-worth of accumulated work can be an overwhelming notion, with employees assuming they’ll have to review the difficult-to-recall minutiae of past projects.

The Truth:

Annual performance reviews are just that: the review of an individual’s ANNUAL performance. While individual projects likely received specific feedback, an annual performance review gives employers and employees the opportunity to review projects at a higher level and to identify / discuss general work patterns that may have formed over the past year.

MYTH #3:

The annual performance review is the only time when serious feedback can be offered and discussed with employees.

Why This Myth Exists:

As a leading Houston staffing agency with a client base of over 800 companies, we get it: work days can get hectic. With deadlines to meet and tasks to be accomplished, it’s easy for managers to get wrapped up in the day-to-day responsibilities of their position and to feel that they don’t have time for a formal meeting with an employee to discuss their work habits.

The Truth:

While annual performance reviews are indeed an important part of keeping employees on track to meet their goals, they shouldn’t be the only time feedback is given. Quarterly or even monthly one-on-one meetings with employees are a great way to ensure short-term goals are being achieved and small issues don’t grow into big ones over the course of a year. Frequent feedback in a comfortable, more informal environment lessens the anxiety of a pending annual performance review.

We hope that with these three common myths busted, you’ll be able to walk into your next annual performance review less anxious and more prepared.

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How the Best Employees Approach Their Jobs

November 19th, 2012

The best Houston staffing agencies take pride in helping employees find the right positions to fit their needs. At Murray Resources, we know how important it is for you to make the right impression at your new job, especially if you foresee yourself looking to advance within the company.

In order to help you set yourself up for success, we’ve created a list of tips that will help you approach your job the right way and get you on track for career advancement:

Look For New Ways to Create Value

The best employees are always looking for new ways to create value at their jobs. This may mean learning new language skills or becoming acquainted with new technology. Learning new skills makes you a more valuable asset to the organization and can lead to new opportunities with the company down the road.

Volunteer to Take On New Challenges

Do you see ways in which you could help your manager or someone in your department with a difficult task? Helping your colleagues tackle new challenges is a great way to stand out as a star employee.

Find the Tasks Nobody Wants to Take On

Sometimes the most valuable work that needs to be done is avoided by everyone else because it is too challenging or time-consuming. By showing supervisors that you are not afraid of hard work, you can make the kind of impression that will stick out in their mind when they consider people for promotions and advancement opportunities. If no one else wants to do it, you should view this task as an excellent opportunity to make an impact.

Have a Positive Attitude

Though it may sound cliché, this is one of the best ways to provide value to your employer. Positive attitudes are contagious and will spread around your department quickly. As a premier Houston recruiting firm that’s been around for almost twenty-five years, we have hard evidence to testify to the impact a positive attitude can have in the workplace. This kind of energy boosts employee morale across the board and increases productivity, and your supervisors will be sure to take note.

Staying Engaged With Your Work No Matter What It Is

Some of your tasks may be more exciting than others, but if you want to make a good impression, approach everything you do with the same level of commitment and urgency. Consistently taking on every challenge with enthusiasm distinguishes you from other employees who don’t give their best effort on things they don’t find interesting.

Always Look For Ways to Improve

There is always a way to make your workday more productive and efficient. If you have a chance, sit down with your supervisor and ask for ways that you can improve your performance. The best employees are always looking for new ways to improve and produce better results, adding value to both their company and their own personal brand.

Houston staffing agencies like Murray Resources are here to help you find new ways to improve your performance on the job. By following the tips we have listed above, you will establish yourself as a valuable asset to any company and are setting yourself up for future success.

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How You Know When It’s Time to Change Jobs

November 17th, 2012

Afraid of the uncertainties that changing jobs can entail, many people try to convince themselves that it’s normal for a job to be a source of unhappiness and undue stress. If you find yourself dreading your morning commute and feeling miserable throughout the day, it’s probably time to start looking for a different position. We spend the majority of our adult lives working, so it’s important that we enjoy what we do!

For all those people trying to convince themselves otherwise, premier Houston staffing agency Murray Resources has put together a list of signs that say it’s time to find a new fit:

You Spend a Lot of Time Staring at the Clock

Unfortunately, we cannot speed up time no matter how often we look at the clock. If you find yourself checking the time excessively throughout the day, disappointed when you find that not as much time has passed as you hoped, chances are you’re bored with your day-to-day activities and should start looking for a more stimulating environment.

You Want to Progress, but the Advancement Opportunities are Unappealing

You know that you would like to take on new responsibilities and move forward with your career, but what your boss or his boss does on a daily basis simply does not interest you. If this is the case, you may consider contacting our Houston staffing agency to help you find a company with better advancement opportunities and room for your own personal growth.

You Come Home Stressed Almost Every Day

Stress from work can really take its toll on our private lives. If you come home stressed all of the time, it can be almost impossible to enjoy your time off. Your personal relationships and even your physical health may suffer. While small levels of stress at work can help motivate you to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks, excessive stress from your job shouldn’t be spilling into your home life. The professionals at Murray Resources, award-winning Houston staffing agency, have hundreds of candidates whose lives changed for the better after leaving leaving an excessively stressful job.

You Dread Waking Up and Going to Work

If you find yourself hitting the snooze button more often than usual, it may not be due to lack of sleep. It is hard for anyone to be excited about waking up and going to work if they do not enjoy what they do everyday. You should strive to find a position that provides you with engaging challenges that will keep you motivated and energized everyday.

Another Career Sounds More Interesting to You

Sometimes we can find ourselves working a job that really does not match our personalities. If there is another career out there that you’ve always wanted to explore, there is no better time than the present to start pursuing it.

You Don’t Enjoy Talking About Your Job

Have you ever been having a conversation with your friends or loved ones and found yourself reluctant to discuss your job? This can be a sign that you are not really fulfilled by your current position- if you love what you do, you’d want to share your experiences with those whom you love.

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Your job shouldn’t feel like a grind, and if it does, then it’s time to make a change. Murray Resources is an award-winning Houston staffing agency that specializes in finding job hunters the right position to fit their individual needs. If you are ready to start exploring more rewarding career options, then Contact Murray Resources today.

 

How to Deal with a Disruptive Colleague

November 16th, 2012

When working in an office environment, you’re exposed to a number of different personality types, some of which you’ve never encountered before, and not all of which are going to be easy to work with. The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources have put together a list of the best ways to deal with disruptive personality types commonly found around the office.

1. The Terrible Phone Talker

This person is always on the phone, and not solely for business-related matters. Not only does it sound like they are yelling every time they’re on a call, but also their personal conversations are distracting you from concentrating on your tasks at hand. Here’s how to handle the situation:

  • Politely ask your neighbor to speak more quietly when they are on the phone because it disrupts your workflow. Also, suggest that they might want to make their personal calls in a more private area, as the workstations aren’t sound-proof and they probably don’t want all of their colleagues knowing the intimate details of their personal affairs.
  • If their behavior persists, you can ask your supervisor to move either the Talker or you to another workspace, citing an inability to focus and hindered productivity as problems stemming from your current location.

 

2. The Imprudent Inspector

You and your colleagues spend most of your waking hours at work, so it’s nice to know a little bit about each others’ interests and lives outside of the office. Sometimes, however, you encounter a colleague who consistently takes the “we’re all friends here” mentality a little too far. They constantly cross the line and ask intrusive personal questions. It’s important to nip this behavior in the bud to ensure your time at work is spent in a pleasant, productive atmosphere, not dreading personal invasions of privacy. Some solutions:

  • The Imprudent Inspector often isn’t intentionally trying to make people uncomfortable with their intrusive inquiries. They usually just don’t understand the boundaries of socially acceptable conversation. Be direct when they broach an inappropriate topic by saying something like, “I really don’t think that’s an appropriate subject to discuss at work,” or “I don’t feel comfortable sharing that information from my personal life.”
  • If the behavior persists, talk to someone in your company’s HR department about some office sensitivity training. A refresher course on appropriate and inappropriate office banter can help him or her be more cognizant of and deliberate with the kinds of conversation they create.

 

3. The Desktop Drummer

This person is a close relative of the Toe Tapper, Squeaky Chair Spinner, and Gum Smacker. All of these nervous habits are usually ones that someone performs unconsciously, but are nonetheless still distracting to the people around them. Our Houston recruiters recommend using these two tactful methods to approach the subject:

  • Approach your co-worker amicably by asking if they’ve been under a lot of stress recently; you’ve noticed that they seem to be fidgeting a lot. If so, see if there’s anyway you can help them out.
  • If that doesn’t help, politely suggest that they express the habit in a way that doesn’t prove distracting to those around them. If they drum their pen on the desk, ask that they do it on a surface that will mute the sound (i.e. their leg or a mousepad). If they tap their foot, suggest they cross their legs and do it mid-air instead of on the floor.

The Houston recruiters at Murray Resources recommend that it’s best to approach a disruptive colleague directly, and remain polite but firm when voicing your grievances. Alerting HR of more personal issues is always a good idea as well, as they have been trained to handle these kinds of situations and can do so in a way that doesn’t affect your relationship with an otherwise agreeable co-worker. If the distracting behavior persists after you’ve exhausted these aforementioned avenues, only then should you consider speaking with your supervisor about the problem. We do maintain however that enlisting a supervisor’s interference should be a last resort. By using these tactful techniques to approach a disruptive personality in the workplace, you can ensure that you and your colleagues are able to produce your best quality work in a pleasant, conflict-free environment.

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10 Most Common Mistakes Job Seekers Make

November 15th, 2012

At Murray Resources, leading Houston staffing agency, we strive to help job seekers find employment more efficiently and effectively. With almost twenty-five years of experience in the recruiting industry, we’ve amassed a working knowledge of techniques that prove advantageous on the job hunt, and others that fall flat.

We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most common mistakes job seekers make with the hopes that you’ll avoid this slip-ups when preparing your own applications:

1) Not Following Application Instructions

This mistake can end your chances at landing an interview before the race has even begun. Employers often will include specific instructions on their applications to see how well candidates pay attention to detail. When you are filling out an application, thoroughly read through the material and make note of any special instructions or requirements. Once you think you’ve completed an application, be sure to double check everything before submitting it.

2) Giving Up Too Soon

Especially in times of economic duress, this is a mistake we see happen far too often. Tired from what has felt like a long and laborious job search, candidates will throw in the towel before the application process is complete. You may be the perfect candidate for a job but if you give up too early in the game you’ll never know it. Persistence is crucial in any job search, and ultimately will pay off when you find the company that’s just the right fit.

3) Keeping a Job Search Too Narrow

Flexibility is important when you’re trying to find a position that meets your needs. In a competitive job marked, consider broadening your search to include other positions you may not have considered before. For example, if you have experience as a copywriter for an advertising agency, you may also consider marketing or media buying positions as well. Think outside the box when it comes to transferable skills you’ve acquired throughout your life.

4) Focusing On Salary

It’s tempting to try to find a job that pays the highest salary, but there are a number of other factors that are crucial to ensuring your success with a company. While compensation is important, you should also consider the company culture, your coworkers, the company’s history and growth opportunities within the organization as well. Your salary should not be the only deciding factor when it comes to choosing the right company to work for.

5) Submitting a Bad Resume

If there’s one thing this Houston staffing agency can’t stress enough on this blog, it’s that your resume is IMPORTANT. Your resume will be your first point of contact with a potential employer, your chance to make the right impression from the very beginning. Grammatical errors, formatting inconsistencies and confusing language can all be huge turnoffs. Before you submit your resume to any organization, you should tailor it to the position you are applying for and double-check for any mistakes. If you want more resume help, check out our past post about 6 common resume typos to avoid.

6) Lacking Accountability

Looking for a job is often said to be a full time job in and of itself. In order to keep yourself on track, enlist someone that can hold you accountable for meeting deadlines and submitting applications throughout your job search. Having a friend, loved one or fellow job searcher to keep you accountable is a great way to make sure you make progress in your search.

7) Listing Out-of-Date Contacts

When you list references on your resume, these contacts should be up-to-date. Nothing says that you are unprepared as clearly as poor job references. Before you add these people to your resume, contact them and let them know that you are looking for a new job and ask them if they will provide you with a good reference.

8) Adding “Filler” Content to Your Resume

When job seekers start feeling like they’re getting nowhere with all of the applications they’ve submitted, resumes began to fill up with more adjectives than accomplishments in an attempt to make a candidate seem more qualified. We know it’s hard, but avoid adding filler content to your resume at all costs. Fluff only weakens your first impression, and makes it look like you’re making excuses rather than presenting yourself as a qualified applicant. Focus the content of your resume on measurable results that will be relevant to the position you are applying for.

9) Neglecting Social Media

Social media has created fantastic opportunities for modern job seekers. In fact, many employers will list an available position on their Twitter feed or Facebook page before they move on to other job search sites. Take advantage of these avenues of direct communication with a prospective employer by closely following and engaging with their social media platforms.

10) Going It Alone

When it comes to your job search, you want to give yourself the best chance at finding your ideal position. To do this more effectively, consider working with a Houston staffing agency who has experience in your industry. Murray Resources has an unparalleled track record of success when it comes to placing candidates in the right positions, and we have the experience and resources that can help set any job seeker up for success.

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

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Houston Recruitment Firm Offers 5 Ways to Relax and De-Stress at the Office

November 14th, 2012

Impending deadlines, increased workloads and demanding managers are just a few of the variables that can start to make you feel overwhelmed with responsibilities throughout your workday. The key to success in these types of situations is knowing how to manage this stress and not let it negatively affect you. We at Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruitment firm, have compiled a list of 5 techniques to help you relax and unwind at work.

1. Remember to Breathe

Studies show that when we are stressed or anxious, we tend to take shorter breaths. While it may not sound like a big deal at first, did you know that this irregular pattern of breathing can lead to light-headedness or headaches? Deep breathing is an excellent technique for calming the nerves and clearing the mind. Here’s how to do it:

  • In order to take long, deep breaths that fill your lungs with air, allow your diaphragm to push out and down as you breathe in slowly. As you exhale, pull your diaphragm in slightly.
  • Inhale through your nose for a slow five count, and exhale through your mouth for a slow five count. With each exhale, envision all of your tension, stress, and negative energy leaving your body.
  • Continue breathing in this fashion for one to two minutes.
  • Repeat this process at least three times throughout your day, more frequently in times of heightened stress.

2. Listen to Classical Music

Studies have also shown that classical music and piano compositions can help people relax by engaging their brain in a different kind of analysis. By focusing on the intricacies and complexities woven throughout a piece, the mind works to place and predict each note, while you can let your other worries dissipate. If classical music isn’t to your liking, there are a number of other soothing styles of music that can help to lower your stress levels through the same process of mental distraction: jam bands like Explosions in the Sky compose lyricless ephemeral music; instrumental cuts of bluesy electric guitar riffs from Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughn can be relaxing; there are even soothing electronic pieces in genres like trance or dubstep that can help to ease your stress levels. Rather than starting your day listening to the morning news in your car, try listening to the relaxing music of your choice instead. You can even bring your iPod to work and listen to a track or two on your lunch break.

3. Massage Your Neck

Mounting stress can manifest itself in the form of tense muscles in the neck and shoulders, leading to headaches and general discomfort. Counteract these negative side-effects by stretching and massaging your neck and upper back muscles while at your desk. At least three times a day, use one or both of your hands to massage your neck muscles for about 60 seconds. If things are really tight, consider getting a massage every two weeks or so to relieve built-up tension.

4. Take a Walk

The professionals at our Houston recruitment firm will tell you that this is one of the best ways to relax in the middle of a stressful workday. Spending hours on end sitting in the same position staring at a computer screen is neither healthy nor productive. When you have the chance to take a break or go to lunch, go for a brief walk (music optional) to clear your mind. If possible, get outside for some fresh air. Going for a leisurely stroll helps to relax muscle tension and get your blood pumping, making you feel more alert and energized.

5. Laugh

You’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, researchers agree that taking a moment to laugh is a great way to keep stress at bay. Take a break in your day to swap stories with your office neighbors about something funny that happened over the weekend. Or, if you’re feeling a little anti-social, the Internet is a great place to find a quick laugh. There are tons of websites that post funny images (Imgur and Buzzfeed) or satirical articles (The Onion and Cracked) that can lighten your mood, or you can always browse through the millions of cute kitten videos on YouTube!

Regardless of your position in a company, chances are you’re going to encounter stress at work. Our five tips offer ways to cope with that stress while maintaining your own productivity and mental focus, proving to yourself and those around you that you can perform under pressure.

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

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

How to Set Up a Successful Informational Interview

November 13th, 2012

As one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, TX, Murray Resources has seen informational interviews work well for job seekers looking to enter a new industry or job function. A well-executed informational interview can provide job leads, opportunities for industry-related introductions, and a more focused search for candidates looking to break into a particular sector.

Below we’ve compiled a list of five crucial steps for conducting a successful informational interview:

1)      Target Your Search — Prepare a detailed list of intriguing industries and types of companies in which you would potentially want to work. Be sure to narrow your list to a few industries that are not only interesting to you, but also are practical for your abilities and an environment in which you could achieve success. From this list of industries and companies, compile a list of any personal contacts you might know in this sphere.

2)      Make Contact and Be Specific – After you’ve highlighted the people you know in your target industries and related companies, reach out to your contacts to set up an official appointment. It is extremely important that from the onset you convey to your potential interviewee that you are not looking for a job. Be specific in explaining the true purpose of your proposed informational interview- that you are looking for career advice and insights about that particular industry from someone who knows it well. Also, while it may be tempting to try and set up an informal meet-up to learn about an industry via casual conversation, this is a business interview and should be conducted as such. A professional atmosphere helps to ensure that both parties stay on topic, and you glean the specific information you’re looking for.

3)      Be Flexible – Remember, this contact is taking time out of their day to meet with you. Be flexible and understanding when it comes to working around their busy schedule. Someone who has agreed to participate in an informational interview has done so because they are passionate about their career and want to share their insights with an interested audience; the advice they have to offer is well worth the hoops you may have to jump through to accommodate them.

4)      Create An Agenda – Of all the steps, this is the one in which you get to showcase your professionalism as well as your creativity. When coming up with a list of questions for the interview, do some research on the industry/company of your informational interviewee. Thorough research gives you a foundation of knowledge from which you can create insightful and specific questions, and also shows your interviewee that you’re dedicated and committed to put in the time and effort to learn about their industry.

5)      Show Your Appreciation – After the meeting, make sure your interviewee knows just how appreciative you are of their time and insights that they shared with you. Send them a thank you email or handwritten note as soon as you get home expressing your gratitude for their willingness to take time out of their schedule to help you. It’s also a nice gesture to send them an update later on down the road if you end up acting upon a piece of advice they’ve given you, or landing a job in their industry. If they cared enough to meet with you, they likely want to hear about your progress and success!

Sticking to these five simple steps will ensure that you conduct a productive and successful informational interview. Armed with valuable knowledge about your career interests, staffing agencies in Houston, TX like Murray Resources can better help you take the next step of landing that dream job!

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

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

 

Five Ways to Prepare for Your First Day on the Job

November 12th, 2012

It’s a great feeling when Houston staffing agencies like Murray Resources set you up with an employment opportunity that turns into an actual job. But how can you ensure that your first day will be the lasting, positive impression that you want it to be?

Below we’ve compiled a list of important details to keep in mind when preparing for a successful first day:

1)      Look up the office address and parking situation – There are few worse feelings in the world than showing up late to an important event, especially in an unfamiliar environment. Running late to work on a normal day is stressful enough, but spending an unplanned extra 15 minutes of your commute driving around lost on unfamiliar roads or turned around in the parking garage on your first day at a new job puts you in a frenzied, negative mindset that can ruin what was supposed to be an exciting and fresh start. Many times, interviews are conducted by Houston staffing agencies or at a company’s corporate office and not the actual location where you will be working, so be sure to double check the address and directions to where your actual office is.

2)      Dress to impress – In any unfamiliar professional setting, especially on your first day at a new job, it’s always better to err on the side of overdressed rather than under. The first impression you make often happens before you even open your mouth, so wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident within the boundaries of professionalism. Something you would wear to church or a nice dinner with your grandparents is always a safe bet for an office environment.

3)      Did you bring your papers? – Most of the time, your first day will be spent filling out paperwork, signing forms, and watching training videos. This new employee paperwork usually requires certain kinds of official documents to prove your identity, citizenship, proof of residence, etc. Get in contact with an HR representative or the new hire advisor at the company who can tell you what documents to bring on your first day so you can get all of the necessary paperwork out of the way. Commonly requested official documents include driver’s license or State issued Identification Card, Social Security Card, Passport, Birth Certificate, or Right to Work permits.

4)      Get to know your company – As we’ve already touched on, an unfamiliar environment can easily feel intimidating and overwhelming. A great way to curb these anxieties is to conduct some research about the company you’re starting with so that you’re more familiar with what to expect upon your arrival. Learning about your new employer’s industry, recent news, and corporate policies and values is usually just a matter of browsing through the company website. Showing up well-informed on your first day leaves a great first impression on colleagues and supervisors when they see how much you care about your new position and are willing and eager to learn.

5)      Connect with fellow co-workers – Utilizing social networking sites such as LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people you’ll be working with before you even step foot in the office. Engaging your soon-to-be-colleagues in conversations about shared interests or even just questions about the company can greatly help lessen the stress of feeling alone when you first arrive, and you can learn a lot more about a person through their social media profiles than in that 15-second introductory break room conversation.

Your first day on the job plays a major role in determining your attitude towards your new company and setting the tone for your time with them. These five helpful hints will help you to start off on the right foot for what’s sure to be a new and exciting journey!

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

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

 

Top 5 New Manager Mistakes

November 11th, 2012

Just promoted into a management role? Congratulations…now the real work begins. And if you’re like most new managers, you’ll likely make some mistakes during the transition process. However, by being aware of what the most common ones are ahead of time, you can certainly take steps to avoid them, minimizing the impact on your new team.

So what are they? Here’s a look at five new manager mistakes:

Mistake #1: Looking Over Everyone’s Shoulders…All the Time.

As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, TX, Murray Resources knows that a new management role is stressful. Enthusiastic about your new position, it’s no surprise that you’ll want to be in on every meeting, phone call, and decision. However, micro-managing is annoying and it says to your new staff that you don’t trust them. So rather than looking over their shoulders at all times, communicate your goals and expectations to each employee…and then give them the freedom to deliver.

Mistake #2: Not Defining Goals and Expectations.

Speaking of communication, a lack of it is also a problem, particularly when it means you’re not clearly communicating goals and expectations to your team. So meet with each team member individually and discuss what you expect from them and how success will be measured. Also, be sure to ask questions so you know they understand what you’re trying to communicate to them.

Mistake #3: Making Too Many Changes, Too Fast.

Sure you’ve got great ideas and a strong track record…that’s how you landed the promotion in the first place. However, if you have lots of ideas and plans for your new team, take your time in implementing them. Understand that your staff is still adjusting to a new boss and making many radical changes on top of that will be hard for them to accept. So take your time…and invest your efforts in building trust and a rapport first.

Mistake #4: Letting the Promotion Go to Your Head.

You’ve been promoted, that’s great. But that doesn’t mean you can treat people with disrespect. If you do, then that’s a fast path to unhappy employees…not a good position to be in considering that your success depends upon their productivity and results.

Mistake #5: Avoiding Advice.

Don’t think that just because you’re a manager that you know it all. In fact, the best leaders in the world got their because they heeded wise counsel and know that they STILL don’t know it all. And if you’re a new manager, you’re going to be expected to make tough decisions just as well as veteran managers. So seek out advice and insight from trusted colleagues and mentors, as well as your own team members.

Need Help Hiring?

You’re the boss – and now you have to wear a lot more hats. If one of them is hiring, Murray Resources can help you along the way. As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, TX, we can source, screen, interview, test, and verify backgrounds, all so you can focus on managing your new team, while gaining access to top talent. Contact Murray Resources today to learn more.

 

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

November 9th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Murray Resources President Wins Female ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

November 9th, 2012

(Houston, TX – November 9, 2012) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, today announced that the company’s president, Marsha Murray, has been recognized as a Bronze Stevie Award winner in the “Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services” category.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year. All winners were publicly announced at a gala in New York City.

“It’s exciting to win this award because it’s really an acknowledgement of the wonderful work our team does every day. Any entrepreneur recognizes that their company is only a strong as their people and I’m proud of the team we’ve built and look forward to what lies ahead as Murray Resources enters our 25th year in business,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to conclude our tenth year of organizing Stevie Awards programs with a very successful Women in Business event,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “This year’s Stevie Award-winning women are the most accomplished, impressive group we’ve ever had.  Their stories of success will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of starting and growing a business and making a difference in the world.”

More information about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, including the full list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women. More information about Murray Resources can be found at www.murrayresources.com.

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.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

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Five Simple Steps to A Successful Cover Letter

November 1st, 2012

We at Murray Resources, award-winning Houston recruiting firm, have devoted these past few Thursdays to the important task of rallying your resume, and we hope you’ve taken our tips into consideration when preparing your own. We’d like to shift our focus today, however, to the document that can determine whether or not your resume even gets reviewed: the cover letter.

In many instances, your cover letter is the first impression you give to an employer- pretty important role, wouldn’t you say?  The cover letter is perhaps the most personalized part of the initial job application process. While resumes can tend to be a bit dry in listing out your work history, accomplishments,  skills, etc., a cover letter gives you the opportunity to present yourself, your interests, and your motivations in the light you wish for a potential employer to view you.  You get the chance to present the information you want an employer to see, all the while showcasing your ability to communicate clearly and effectively. In case you haven’t picked up on the theme by now, a top Houston recruiting firm, Murray Resources, is telling you: cover letters are important.

Now that you’re beginning to grasp the significance of a well-written cover letter, you may be asking yourself, “Where do I start?” Our article today comes from the career experts over at Monster.com, and provides you with an easy to follow, 5-step formula for writing an effective cover letter. So while having a polished resume is crucial to presenting yourself as a competitive candidate throughout your job search, be sure to include an equally polished cover letter that will set you apart from the pack!

http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/cover-letter-tips/5-simple-steps-to-a-successful-cover-letter-hot-jobs/article.aspx

Want More Cover Letter or Resume Help?

Then be sure to attend the  Murray Resources “Resume and Cover Letter Tips and Techniques” workshop next Thursday, November 8! Receive individualized feedback and advice on how to craft an effective cover letter and resume that will successfully convey your skills and interests to prospective employers.

Advance tickets are being sold for $25 through November 7th, and tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $35. Purchase your tickets online with a friend and receive a 20% discount for the both of you!

If you can’t make it, give Murray Resources a call. As a leading Houston recruiting firm, we can offer you additional guidance with crafting your cover letter and resume, prepping for interviews, and finding job opportunities that are a great fit for you! Contact us today to get started.

How to Stay Healthy at Work

October 31st, 2012

In the spirit of Halloween, how about we share with you some scary statistics? We at Murray Resources, leading Houston recruiting firm, aren’t fitness experts, but the following figures are taken from the CDC’s 2011 report on United States Health:

25% — The amount of American adults who report that they are not physically active at all.

35.9% — Percentage of American adults over the age of 20 classified as obese.

60% — Percentage of American adults who don’t get the amount of recommended physical activity they require to stay healthy.

And the total amount of moderate physical activity adults need to maintain a healthy weight is…

30 minutes a day. Five days a week. Seriously, that’s it.

Like we said, we’re not doctors, nor are we psychics – but we’d be willing to bet that you can find a spare 30 minutes throughout your day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Why not use your time spent sitting at a desk to get a jump start on staying fit? Today’s tips come from Military.com, which provides some great workouts that you can do at the office to get your heart pumping and your energy up!

http://www.military.com/military-fitness/workouts/office-workout

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

Turn to a leading Houston recruiting firm – Murray Resources – for help in exploring your next career opportunity.  Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

 

7 Top Job Seeker Tools and Apps

October 27th, 2012

In recent years, new technologies and online resources have changed the job search game. While looking for the perfect job still requires research and effort, professionals looking to make a change have access to more jobs than ever. Murray Resources – one of the leading Houston staffing agencies—looked beyond the more commonly known job search tools such as Monster, Careerbuilder, and Craigslist to compile a list of 7 top job search tools.

1) LinkedIn

You’re likely already aware of LinkedIn, the widely used social network for professionals. Most people are aware of its networking and status update functions, but it’s also a powerful job search tool. You can use LinkedIn to create an online resume, as well as search and apply for jobs by keywords, job title, location, and even salary level. The paid job seeker premium tool allows users to see who has been viewing their profile, which could be a source of job leads. It also allows you to send personalized InMails to hiring managers and recruiters, where normally you would need to have a connection.

2) Indeed.com App

If you have a smart phone, the Indeed app is worth a download. Indeed is essentially a job board aggregator – a one-stop (free) shop where you can view most jobs posted online. For example, if Houston staffing agencies such as Murray Resources post a new job on their website, it’s likely that the position will show up on Indeed’s app. You can use the app to search, save, and e-mail job postings. The app will also show new jobs added since your last search, a great time saver.

3) Job Compass App

Another useful smart phone app, Job Compass uses satellite technology to map potential jobs within a specific radius of your location. If you are looking for a short commute to your next job, this app could be a great place to start.

4) Twit Job Search

Twitter is one of the fastest social networks where users can follow other users’ updates for entertainment, news, and discussion purposes. Because of the enormous amount of twitter traffic, recruiters and employers are increasingly posting job openings on the site. Twit Job Search is a third party site that will search Twitter for keywords related to your job search. This can be an excellent way to find out about jobs that you may not find on your usual job search sites.

5) JobServe Connect App

JobServe was formed in 1993 and bills itself as the world’s first internet recruitment service. With headquarters in the UK, it serves the United Kingdom, US, Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, Canada, Thailand, and the UAE. The company’s app allows you to search job postings on the JobServe web site. The Jobserve app uses the GPS technology in your smart phone to search for postings near you with an easy-to-use interface.

6) iPQ Career Planner App

More of a career planner than a job search tool, the iPQ Career Planner app can help you identify the type of job that’s most likely to be a match. The app provides a detailed questionnaire and will analyze the results to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a job candidate. It will then suggest jobs and career tracks to pursue based on your profile. This tool allows you to be more specific with your job search, which may help you find your ideal job more efficiently.

7) LunchMeet

LunchMeet is a networking app that can help you find people in your area who are interested in meeting up for coffee or lunch. All you need to do is enter your location and the times you are available and it will match you with potential contacts. The concept behind the app is to build your networking base – potentially leading to industry contacts and job opportunities you may not have otherwise known about.

Thanks to evolving technology, job hunters have many new resources to help them locate their dream job. It’s a good idea to try multiple tools to maximize your exposure to new opportunities.

 

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

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

Also, if you’re in the Houston area, be sure to attend the  Murray Resources “Resume and Cover Letter Tips and Techniques” workshop November 8! Receive individualized feedback and advice on how to craft an effective cover letter and resume that will successfully convey your interest to prospective employers.

Advance tickets are being sold for $25 through November 7th, and tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $35. Purchase your tickets online with a friend and receive a 20% discount for the both of you!

 

Can’t wait until next Saturday for more tips on how to utilize online job search tools? Check out our last Social Media Saturday post to stay plugged in to the most innovative ways to use the web.

Houston Recruiting Firm – Murray Resources – Launches Mobile Website

October 24th, 2012

(Houston, TX – October 24, 2012) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, today announced that the company has launched a new mobile website, providing an enhanced mobile experience specifically designed for candidates on the go.

“Our candidates are telling us that they’re increasingly utilizing mobile devices to access information during their search – and the data supports it. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in mobile visitors to our website over the past 12 months, with visits from mobile devices up 281% year-over-year in the third quarter. Our data also shows that mobile visitors, on average, spend more time on our site and visit more pages vs. non-mobile visitors,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

In addition to providing a clear and easy-to-navigate layout, the new mobile site gives candidates quick access to the site’s most important features, including the company’s open jobs. Candidates can now view and apply to open jobs directly from their mobile devices.

Ms. Murray continued, “Searching for a job can be one of the most frustrating and difficult times in a person’s professional life. So while there’s certainly a proliferation in tools available to the job seeker, what makes this particular launch so exciting is that it makes the job search process easier.”

Murray Resources’ mobile website features:

  • Clear, streamlined design and navigation
  • Direct link to job openings, allowing candidates to view and apply to open jobs
  • ‘Click to call’ – candidates can now call Murray Resources with a simple button tap
  • Mapping – with one click, visitors can view a map and find directions to Murray Resources’ office
  • ‘Who We Place’ section outlines functional areas for which Murray Resources recruits
  • Twitter Feed – displays the company’s recent twitter activity

To visit Murray Resources’ new mobile website, users can simply visit www.murrayresources.com from their smart phone.

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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Murray Resources President Named Finalist for ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

October 11th, 2012

Winners to be Announced During Award Gala in New York City on November 9, 2012

(Houston, TX – October 11, 2012) – Murray Resources, a leading Houston recruiting firm, today announced that the company’s president, Marsha Murray, has been named a finalist in the 9th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year.  Ms. Murray is a Finalist in the ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services’ category.

“Being a finalist for the Stevie Award is particularly exciting because it recognizes our team for the amazing work that they do every day. Any entrepreneur knows it’s the people who walk through the door every day that make the organization. I’m continually inspired by our team’s dedication and commitment to building what I believe is the best recruiting firm in the country,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

Finalists were chosen by more than 130 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging.  More than 90 members of the five final judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging. The awards will be announced at during a gala event in New York City on November 9th, 2012.

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.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

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Houston Recruiting Firm – Murray Resources – Launches 6 Month Guarantee Program

July 23rd, 2012

(Houston, TX – July 23, 2012) – Murray Resources, an award-winning Houston-based staffing agency and recruiting firm, today announced the launch of its innovative 6 Month Guarantee program.

Murray Resources’ 6 Month Guarantee ensures that any full-time, direct-hire placement made through Murray Resources before the end of 2012 is guaranteed to still be employed 6 months following the candidate’s date of hire or Murray Resources will refill the position at no charge.

“We’re excited to launch the program because it embodies Murray Resources’ commitment and reputation for finding quality matches between companies and candidates. With our 25-year track record of placing candidates in roles where they truly excel, we’re able to offer a guarantee that is three times the industry average,” said Marsha Murray, president of Murray Resources.

Facts about Murray Resources:

– Historical 95% client satisfaction rate
– Client referrals are the company’s largest source of new business (43%)
– 11 Fortune™ clients as customers
– Average employee tenure over 5 years
– A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau

Founded in 1988, Murray Resources serves a base of over 800 client companies, including numerous Fortune 1000 companies and high-growth small and medium-sized organizations throughout the greater Houston area. The firm places administrative and management talent in the accounting, engineering, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, and sales functions and has a database of over 8,000 candidates.

In a study commissioned by the firm, Murray Resources’ clients reported a 95 percent match satisfaction rate versus an industry rate of between 50 and 60 percent. 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.

Prospective employers who are interested in working with Murray Resources to build their teams are advised to visit the company’s website at www.murrayresources.com or call 713.935.0009.

Prospective candidates may view current job opportunities by visiting Murray Resource’s job board at jobs.murrayresources.com.

About Murray Resources
Murray Resources is a leading recruiting firm and staffing agency based in Houston, Texas, providing quality professional-level placement services, as well as temporary, temp-to-hire, contract, payroll and direct hire administrative/clerical services. Over the past 30 years, Murray Resources has developed a unique placement process to match candidates based not only on experience and skill set, but also on how well a candidate can put that skill set to work within a particular corporate culture. Murray Resources’ 95% Performance Evaluation Score represents one of the highest placement satisfaction rates in the industry. For more information, contact Murray Resources at 713.935.0009 or visit www.murrayresources.com.

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