November 13, 2018 – Military service is an honorable choice, but it is also a sacrifice.
The trouble comes for some veterans when they try to rejoin the civilian work world.
A recent report examined the subject and arrived at a discouraging statistic: 85 percent of employed post-9/11 veterans are not completely satisfied with their current job. And, according to a recent iCIMS report, 86 percent of post-9/11 veterans spend time each week looking for a new job. Recently, executive search firm Lucas Group opened a military transition branch in Denver. It will be led by managing partner Jeff Moyer.
Founded in 1970, Lucas Group has won a reputation for placing highly skilled military leaders in civilian careers. Led by Bryan Zawikowski, vice president and general manager of the military transition practice group, the division has placed over 25,000 military candidates – including more than 3,000 in the last four years – in a wide variety of positions in fields such as manufacturing, sales, engineering, maintenance, field services and distribution.
“Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, and is attracting scores of veterans as well,” said Mr. Zawikowski. “We are excited to add this presence in the Mountain West to ensure we continue finding and placing the elite military talent that our clients expect.”
Lucas Group attributes its success to its deep roster of recruiters, “many of whom come from military backgrounds and have a natural understanding of the skills veterans possess and the value they provide,”
HonorVet Technologies Announces Veterans Jobs Initiative
Fairfield, NJ-based recruitment firm HonorVet Technologies has announced an initiative intended to help veterans, their spouses and children find civilian jobs. “As the job market in the United States progresses, veterans and veteran spouses continue to experience unemployment rates four times the local average,” said the firm.
“Veterans have skills you simply cannot gain outside of the military,” Mr. Zawikowski said. “By expanding our existing military recruiting division to Denver, we are well-positioned to find more candidates to fill critical positions for companies who want dynamic and skilled leaders who can adjust to any situation.”
Mr. Moyer joined Lucas Group as an account executive in 2004. He was promoted three times during his career before being elevated to managing partner.
“Jeff has been an outstanding recruiter for us and has tremendous leadership skills gained from a 21-year career with the Marines, so we are confident our new branch will thrive under his direction,” said Mr. Zawikowski.
Lucas Group works with mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients in consumer products, energy (oil, gas, chemicals, and alternatives), aerospace & defense, call center and customer services, global supply chain management, industrial products, food & beverage, and biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device services. In addition to serving the legal sector the firm’s practice groups includes accounting & finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, legal, sales & marketing and military transition. It has more than 300 affiliate recruiters in offices throughout the U.S.
ENGAGE Talent Partners with HonorVet Technologies
ENGAGE Talent, an AI software company that helps identify and effectively engage with passive candidates, has announced a partnership with HonorVet Technologies, a technology-driven talent search firm working to eliminate the high underemployment rate affecting military veterans.
Recently, Lucas Group named Carolina King as the firm’s first people officer. “Carolina understands the ever-growing strategic role that HR, and talent development in particular, plays in our business,” said Andi Jennings, CEO. “Her vision has transformed our corporate HR department into a vital partner in the associate development process. Carolina’s promotion to CPO reflects our commitment to ensuring Lucas Group is a leader in nurturing and attracting top talent.”
Earlier this year, Lucas Group opened a new Mid-Atlantic contract legal division based in Baltimore. It is led by senior partner Karissa Hayko and serves the growing needs of U.S. corporations and law firms for temporary legal talent in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding region. The new division provides law firms and corporate in-house legal departments with attorneys, paralegals, legal support and compliance professionals on a temporary contract, temporary-to-hire and long-term basis. The practice serves mid-tier to Fortune 500 companies ranging from boutique to global 100 law firms.
Ms. Hayko, who joined Lucas Group last year, has 15 years experience in the legal field, including a decade providing outside support to corporate legal departments and law firms. She was previously senior manager of business development for Deloitte Services in Washington, D.C.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media