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.

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

Turn to Murray Resources, one of the top Houston staffing agencies, 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.


The Importance of Personal Branding for Your Career

October 29th, 2012

As a leading Houston recruiting firm, Murray Resources has placed thousands of job candidates with over 800 clients throughout our 25 year tenure. One developing trend that we don’t see waning is the growth of personal branding.

When we or other Houston recruiting firms are looking through hundreds of applicants to fill a job order, only those qualified candidates who have a strong, unique personal brand are going  jump out. In order to stand out from the pack, the value you can add to an employer needs to be clear.

Author Rebecca Rapple discusses the importance of having a unique personal brand, and outlines a number of ways to differentiate yourself and increase your competitiveness in the job market.  As she says in the opening of her piece, “In order to get to a place you want to go, you need to act the way that you would when you get there.”

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.


Personal Branding Accelerates Professional Advancement

October 8th, 2012

Hello and happy Columbus Day, everyone!

We at Murray Resources, top Houston recruitment firm, are pleased to welcome you to our first installment of “Murray Resources’ Best of: Career Tips, Tricks, & Advice Columns.” We begin our week with a focus on the most important resource any candidate can bring into a job application – YOU!

As branding strategist Deborah Shane writes, “Smart, strategic personal branding can accelerate professional advancement. There is no getting around it, ignoring its importance, or doing it half heartedly.” Differentiating yourself from the applicant pool puts you on the fast track for success in any career, but if you don’t know where to begin, marketing yourself can often seem like a daunting task.

Straight from personal branding expert Dan Schwabel’s blog, we at leading Houston recruitment firm Murray Resources hope you enjoy Ms. Shane’s tips to help you stand out and get noticed in your quest for success:

Can’t wait until next Monday for more personal branding tips? Check out our previous post about what hiring managers look for when they Google you for more useful advice!

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

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


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