8 Ways to Stay Upbeat While Job Searching

October 15th, 2012

While working with one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston can help job seekers stay positive during their job search, we’d like to offer additional tips for staying motivated and upbeat while looking for a job.

Here are eight things you can do to stay positive during your job search:

  • Turn off the news. The local and national nightly news give the impression that the entire country is unemployed and jobs are almost impossible to find. This information is plastered all over the media, a constant reminder of the fact that you are out of work. Turn off the television and stay clear of negative press as much as possible.
  • Make time for personal hobbies. Once a day, make time for those things you enjoy doing. Just as you would put work aside after a long day at the office, try to put you job search to the side and dive into an activity that you truly enjoy.
  • Spend time with positive people. Simply being around people who have a positive outlook on life is a great way to improve your morale.
  • Engage in conversation with people you meet in public. You don’t need to strike up a conversation with every person you come across, but don’t be afraid to engage with people you don’t know. Increased personal contact is a great way to improve your outlook – it may also help you get used to speaking to interviewers.
  • Pick up a book and read. Reading is not only a good way to stay occupied, it’s also a great way to help your mind stay engaged while unemployed.
  • Seek out previous mentors in your life. At some point in your life you most likely had a person you could go to in order to seek counsel or simply gain some good advice. Don’t be afraid to seek them out now when you need it most.
  • Volunteer your time to a social or community program. Giving is a great way to boost your own spirits, in addition to those you’re helping.
  • Finally, take stock of the positive things in your life. Being unemployed can be extremely stressful, but it’s important to realize what you do have.

Following these simple 8 tips is a great way to maintain a positive attitude while job searching.

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

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Attracting Generation Y to Your Workplace

May 10th, 2011

As baby-boomers start retiring, many companies in Houston, Texas – and beyond – may begin experiencing a shortage in qualified employees. More and more, they’ll need to look to Generation Y (those in their 20s and early 30s) to fill the talent gap. But these young professionals are looking for different things in an employer than previous generations. So what are they?

Career advancement

Today’s young professionals want someone to help guide them through the beginning years of their careers. They want to be coached or mentored. They also want feedback on their strengths and areas that need improvement.

Flexible schedule

Obviously, competitive pay is important to every worker. But Generation Y professionals also place a lot of value on a healthy work-life balance. So offering perks such as flex time or the ability to work from home a certain number of days a week will go a long way in attracting these young professionals.

High-tech environment

Many of these young professionals are tech savvy, having grown up with the Internet. And they value access to state-of-the-art technology in their work environment.

Challenging assignments

One of the primary reasons Generation Y’ers leave their jobs is due to boredom. So keep them interested by offering more challenging assignments and added responsibility.

Opportunities to give back

Many young professionals want to make a difference. So by offering an opportunity to give back, such as through a corporate volunteer program, you’ll have an edge when it comes to attracting this generation of workers.

Relaxed work culture

These young professionals generally gravitate to work cultures that are more laid back, rather than formal or corporate. Businesses that have an atmosphere of teamwork and that are family friendly are typically more attractive to Gen Y’ers.

And if you need some help attracting new recruits to your company, please contact Murray Resources. As a leading staffing firm in Houston, Texas, our top priority is delivering exceptional job candidates. Contact us today to learn more.

Are You Guilty of These Bad Boss Behaviors?

April 12th, 2011

As a Houston, Texas staffing firm, we’re seeing more and more employees lately who are either quitting or contemplating quitting their jobs in search of greener pastures. And one of the top reasons given for jumping ship is an issue with the boss.

While it’s impossible to be an ideal boss at all times, there are some behaviors that can seriously reduce morale, discourage loyalty, and hurt your bottom line in the long run. Here’s a look at 6 of them:

1. Rigidity.

Some bosses see admitting a mistake or changing course as a sign of weakness. But the fact of the matter is that sometimes workplace disasters can be avoided by a willingness to admit a decision was wrong or misguided, and change course.

2. Inconsistency.

Erratic behavior puts employees on edge because they’re never quite certain who they’re dealing with.

3. Playing favorites.

It’s important to have the same set of rules across the board for everyone. Applying one set of rules to one employee and a different set of rules to another employee – particularly in a similar situation – breeds distrust and anger.

4. Anger.

Speaking of anger, sometimes it can be hard to keep your temper in check, especially when an employee really screws up. But don’t berate that person in a room full of his or her co-workers. Set up a private meeting (so you have time to cool off) and confront them about the issue. Try to listen to their side of the story before passing judgment.

5. Setting bad examples.

If you expect employees to be at work by 8:30 a.m. on the dot, then you should be there as well. If you expect employees to arrive on time to meetings, don’t walk in 10 minutes late to every meeting. In addition, don’t expect employees to come in early or stay late if you’re not willing to do it yourself. As the boss, it’s your job to set the tone – and set good examples.

6. Arrogance.

Treating your employees like minions is no way to build a winning team – and it can seriously hamper morale and productivity. As the boss, it’s important to offer praise often, as well constructive feedback. Employees who are happiest are those who feel respected and like a valued member of the team.

And if you’re a boss who’s looking for employees who can become a valued member of your team, please contact Murray Resources. As a leading staffing firm serving Houston, Texas, our #1 mission is to deliver exceptional job candidates.

Are You Planning for Your Company’s Growth in 2011?

March 15th, 2011

For the past couple of years, the economy has certainly been a challenge for many businesses in Houston, Texas and beyond. Employers have had to lay off workers, trim expenses, and create a culture of “do more with less.” Now that it seems things are easing up a bit, this is a good time to evaluate your firm’s current health and plan for future growth. To do that, here are some questions you should ask yourself:

What were the company’s sales last year compared to the year before?

In a bad economy, flat sales are certainly better than a dip in sales. However, now that the economy is beginning to improve, it may be time to aim higher and improve sales in 2011.

What’s the company’s percentage of repeat business?

Retaining customers is a lot easier – and a lot less expensive – than winning new ones. So what can you do to increase your percentage of repeat business in 2011?

What can the company do to better serve customers?

This question goes hand in hand with the previous question. Customer satisfaction is critical to the success of your business. And you need to determine what your company is doing well and what areas needs improvement. So make a plan for your customer service team to contact current customers and ask them how well you’re performing.

How are competitors performing?

In other words, what are your competitors doing in terms of new products, hiring, pricing, and expanding into new markets? If competitors are well outperforming your company, you’ve got a problem.

What new products or services should the company be offering?

If you’re not expanding, you’re contracting. And if you don’t innovate you won’t survive. So now’s the time to think about the kinds of new products and services that would enhance your customer’s experience with your company.

Has the company experienced recent turnover?

As the economy improves, more and more employees are starting to quit their jobs and move onto greener pastures. And as you’re trying to grow your business, the last thing you need is top performers jumping ship. So what are you doing to reduce turnover?

Is it time to hire?

If lack of help is forcing you to turn down new opportunities, then it may be time to hire. If you’re uncertain about adding to your overhead, then consider using temporary workers in the meantime.

And if your Houston, Texas company needs some help with hiring in 2011, please contact Murray Resources. As a leading staffing firm in Houston, our top priority is delivering exceptional job candidates for temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire positions.

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