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Lucas Group is North America’s premier executive search firm assisting mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients find transcendent talent; candidates fully realize their career ambitions; and our associates (recruiters) find professional fulfillment and financial success. We are committed to serving our clients, candidates, and associates, and we hold strong in the belief that knowledge is power.

In this section you will find informative and insightful white papers and articles. This board is designed as a great place to review best practices, uncover industry trends, and help set into motion the knowledge you need to succeed.


An Insider’s Guide to Hiring Top Accounting Talent

An Insider’s Guide to Hiring Top Accounting Talent September 18, 2018

By: Bob Prather, General Manager Lucas Group With nationwide unemployment rates persisting at record lows, companies are facing the most competitive accounting and finance talent market in more than a decade. Qualified talent is in short supply and the gap …



The New Path to the C-Suite: Why You Can’t Count on a Promotion to Reach the Top (and Strategies for Actually Getting There)

The New Path to the C-Suite: Why You Can’t Count on a Promotion to Reach the Top (and Strategies for Actually Getting There) August 20, 2018

By: Audra Gaswirth,Talent Acquisition Specialist Lucas Group Passed over for a promotion or struggling to find your footing near the top of the career ladder? You’re not alone. A feeling of “being stuck” is increasingly par-for-the-course for mid-career professionals. Perhaps …



The Machine Learning Revolution: How Retailers are Turning Data into Sales

The Machine Learning Revolution: How Retailers are Turning Data into Sales August 7, 2018

By: Justin Martinez, Branch Managing Partner Lucas Group Big data is disrupting the retail industry, ushering in a new era of hyper-targeting and hyper-personalization. Just as the Internet disrupted traditional retail storefronts 20 years ago, the era of big data …



How to Build the HR Team of the Future

How to Build the HR Team of the Future June 5, 2018

By: Valerie Taylor, Executive Senior Partner Lucas Group From people analytics to employer branding, Human Resource departments are evolving at breakneck speed. No longer is HR about record keeping and rote rule enforcement. Today’s human resource leaders play a critical …



The Legal Field’s Best Kept Secret: How to Find and Hire Elite Legal Contractors

The Legal Field’s Best Kept Secret: How to Find and Hire Elite Legal Contractors May 2, 2018

By: Myra Mendizabal, Managing Partner Lucas Group A decade after the Great Recession, the legal marketplace is still in the midst of a seismic shift. Corporations are pushing for efficient, effective and transparent counsel from their legal providers, and considering …



How Industry 4.0 is Changing Manufacturing Recruitment

How Industry 4.0 is Changing Manufacturing Recruitment April 24, 2018

By: Dan Chang, Executive Senior Partner Lucas Group Powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other computing advances, “Industry 4.0” is rapidly reshaping contemporary manufacturing. The Industry 4.0 revolution not only is disrupting …



The Legal Gender Gap: Where Are All the Women Partners?

The Legal Gender Gap: Where Are All the Women Partners? April 16, 2018

By: Carolyn Aberman, Managing Partner Lucas Group Women have made important strides towards equal representation in the legal field, accounting for just over half of all law school graduates and 40% of first-year firm classes. Female associates express a desire …



The New Rules for Hiring IT Talent: Identifying and Correcting 4 Common Hiring Mistakes

The New Rules for Hiring IT Talent: Identifying and Correcting 4 Common Hiring Mistakes March 28, 2018

By: Laura Kesler, Managing Partner Lucas Group “I can’t find any qualified applicants.” “The talent market is so competitive I’m losing candidates before we can even make an offer.” “The competition keeps poaching my star performers.” When I asked executives …



How to Job Search as a Mid-Career Professional

How to Job Search as a Mid-Career Professional February 21, 2018

By: Sam Peterson, Managing Partner Lucas Group “How do I know when it’s time to leave my current company and how do I find my next position?” As a mid-career professional, you’ve climbed the ranks to mid-management and are now …



How to Hire NextGen Manufacturing Industry Talent

How to Hire NextGen Manufacturing Industry Talent January 8, 2018

By: Jen Bowers, Managing Partner Lucas Group The manufacturing industry is facing a crippling talent shortage. Thanks to a surge in productivity and technological innovation coupled with ongoing Baby Boomer retirement, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute estimate that more than …



Overcoming Internal Obstacles to Veteran Hiring

Overcoming Internal Obstacles to Veteran Hiring November 20, 2017

By: John Quinn, Managing Partner Lucas Group Leading-edge enterprise companies need to hire talent with technical acumen and elite leadership capabilities that is ready to hit the ground running. Increasingly, these organizations are turning to military veterans to fill key …



Building a More Inclusive Law Firm

Building a More Inclusive Law Firm September 11, 2017

By: David Cho, Managing Partner Lucas Group Diversity initiatives in the legal industry have been widely discussed, covered by numerous surveys, analysis and reports, and anecdotes. Opinions vary dramatically regarding the relative successes and the challenges faced by these initiatives. …



Leadership By Design

Leadership By Design July 21, 2017

By: Rebecca Dappen, Managing Partner Lucas Group Recently promoted? Struggling to find your stride as a leader? As a middle manager, you are the driving force behind the execution of organizational priorities even if you are not the person who …



The 3 Major Human Resource Trends for 2017

The 3 Major Human Resource Trends for 2017 June 14, 2017

By: Lucas Group’s HR Recruiting Experts Introduction Hiring managers face the most competitive candidate market in more than a decade and HR departments must evolve to get ahead in today’s “talent arms race.” No longer is HR about record keeping …



How to Make Smarter Job Offers: Taking an Individualized Approach

How to Make Smarter Job Offers: Taking an Individualized Approach June 12, 2017

By: Sara Luther, Managing Partner Lucas Group “What am I doing wrong?” I hear this question all the time. Clients come to me baffled. They’ve been trying to fill a role for months, extending multiple job offers and losing the …



How SMBs Can Optimize Their Human Capital Investment

How SMBs Can Optimize Their Human Capital Investment June 5, 2017

By: Kyle Lehman, Managing Partner Lucas Group Today’s “talent arms race” is creating new recruitment and retention urgencies. A company’s ability to recruit and retain top talent is just the starting point; how a company strategically deploys their talent is …



Contract Staffing: The New IT Recruitment Model

Contract Staffing: The New IT Recruitment Model April 24, 2017

By: Steven Robinson, General Manager Lucas Group Today’s leading-edge businesses are under increased pressure to embrace new technologies, like cloud-based applications, and simultaneously harden network security. Yet with IT unemployment rates at historic lows, companies are struggling to source the …



Strategic Growth in a Changing Legal Market

Strategic Growth in a Changing Legal Market How a Market Analysis Positions Your Firm for Recruitment & Retention Success
April 12, 2017

By Mat Martin, Managing Partner Lucas Group Recruiting and retaining top legal talent is a strategic priority for every law firm. For decades, top firms have followed the recruit-train-retain formula to protect their brand and increase billable hours. However, as …



Employer Branding in a Competitive Candidate Market

Employer Branding in a Competitive Candidate Market
March 27, 2017

By: Kevin Belbin, Managing Partner Lucas Group Hiring managers are facing one of the most competitive candidate markets in nearly a decade. From auditing specialists to network security experts, professionals with specialized skill sets are in short supply and high …



How to Develop Technical Leaders in Oil & Gas

How to Develop Technical Leaders in Oil & Gas
February 27, 2017

By David Armendariz, Managing Partner Lucas Group The oil and gas industry is facing a major technical talent shortfall in the exploration and production (E&P) sector that could be just as crippling – if not more so – as the …



The Big Mismatch: High Demand, Low Supply for Accounting and Finance Talent

The Big Mismatch: High Demand, Low Supply for Accounting and Finance Talent
January 20, 2017

By Anya Hurtado, Executive Senior Partner Lucas Group As nationwide unemployment rates hit record lows, finding and hiring qualified professional talent is a challenge for all employers. Nowhere is this challenge being felt more acutely than by companies seeking to …



Why “Made in the USA” is Back

Why “Made in the USA” is Back
February 4, 2016

By Erik Kessinger, Executive Senior Partner Lucas Group INTRODUCTION “Made in the USA” is back. Reshoring is expected to generate between two to three million manufacturing jobs by 2020, including strong growth in support services such as construction, transport and …



Data Scientists: Business’ Next Top Talent

Data Scientists: Business’ Next Top Talent
April 27, 2015

By Charles Herman, Managing Partner Lucas Group Finding and securing skilled professionals who can translate and apply big data to smart business decisions has become the holy grail for talent recruitment. Companies large and small are scouring the talent pool …



Attorney Relocation on the Rise

Attorney Relocation on the Rise
January 13, 2015

Allie Fennell, Senior Partner Lucas Group ASSOCIATE RELOCATION RATES ACCELERATE AS ECONOMY REBOUNDS For decades, Associate movement from law firm to law firm has been normal practice in the legal industry. Law Firms count on—indeed plan for—a certain amount of …



A Marketer’s Guide to Growth

A Marketer’s Guide to Growth
November 9, 2014

Scott Smith, CMO Lucas Group A search for Chief Marketing Officer versus Chief Digital, Strategist, Revenue, etc. reveals a seemingly unending stream of articles about “who owns what”. While debate continues over the most appropriate title given to the person …



A Candidate-Driven Approach to A&F Recruiting

A Candidate-Driven Approach to A&F Recruiting
August 8, 2014

Five years ago, employers held a powerful hand in the hiring marketplace. Unemployment was high, the recession was deep, and many employees were feeling the pain. They were either content to simply maintain— their jobs, their benefits, their security—or they …



Using Solution Selling with Executive Recruiters and Prospective Employers

Using Solution Selling with Executive Recruiters and  Prospective Employers
July 28, 2014

Companies around the world are facing a talent shortage. Baby Boomers are retiring at the rate of 10,000/day and their knowledge and experience are walking out the door. The talent gap they leave is a challenge to many organizations and—despite …



Doesn’t Anybody Talk Anymore? The Death of Conversation in a Social World

Doesn’t Anybody Talk Anymore? The Death of Conversation in a Social World
April 4, 2014

Doesn’t Anybody Talk Anymore Infographic In his film “Her”, Director Spike Jonze tells the story of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his phone—or at least the voice on his phone a voice effectively narrated by Scarlett …



How to Build and Maintain a Premier Organization

How to Build and Maintain a Premier Organization
March 14, 2014

Introduction An important trend facing organizations across all industries is bridging the knowledge gap between outgoing employees and those who remain or are hired to fulfill their work. Despite a stubbornly persistent unemployment rate in the U.S., attracting and retaining …



Effectively Translate Your Military Experience in a Civilian Interview

Effectively Translate Your Military Experience in a Civilian Interview
January 7, 2014

For any professional career candidate, prepping for a job interview is complicated. There are scores of details to manage: your clothing style, eye contact, speaking skills, non-verbal cues, handshake strength, and your views on college sports…not to mention your actual …



Recruiting Top Talent Requires More Than a Tweet

Recruiting Top Talent Requires More Than a Tweet

“The expectation is that all you need to do is just tweet at them,” said Michael Terrell, Founder of Terrell Leadership Group, in a recent Podcast on how to recruit Gen-Y candidates. “That’s just not true.” He’s right. It requires …



Big Data; Big Potential: How to find the talent who can harness its power

Big Data; Big Potential: How to find the talent who can harness its power
July 31, 2013

It would be a busy, but not unusual, day. 6:53 a.m.: You’re off to work. Quick stop for a coffee. You scan your rewards card from your phone, review today’s schedule, sip your coffee and browse Facebook. 7:30 a.m.: Arrive …



Catering to Quality Candidates: Targeting Gen-Y in Your Recruiting & Hiring

Catering to Quality Candidates:  Targeting Gen-Y in Your Recruiting & Hiring
May 29, 2013

Who is Gen-Y? Baby Boomers are retiring from the workforce at the rate of 10,000 people per day and the business world is faced with replacing highly successful leaders with a new generation. The cost of this transition is high …



Driving Financial Success through Strategic Talent Sourcing and Hiring

Driving Financial Success through Strategic Talent Sourcing and Hiring
June 26, 2012

Realism and Optimism Can Coincide To be certain, the economic forces impacting today’s global marketplace are staggering. From Greek debt and the euro’s struggle to China’s slowdown and ever-present political unrest in the Middle East, realism tells us that most …



Driving Success in Corporate America

Driving Success in Corporate America
May 1, 2012

In the last two years, some 135,000 U.S. troops have returned home from Iraq and another 35,000 are expected to return from Afghanistan by 2014. They join roughly 2.5 million Gulf War-era II veterans back in the United States as …



Manufacturing Value Streams & Supply Chains

Manufacturing Value Streams & Supply Chains
November 16, 2011

There is perhaps no manufacturing discipline that has undergone more dramatic change over the last decade than value stream and supply chain management. These closely-related concepts have revolutionized how raw materials morph into finished goods by arrival at their final …



Recruiting and Managing Millennials

Recruiting and Managing Millennials
June 27, 2011

Gen Y; Millennials; Echo Boomers; the Trophy Generation; Net Y Not. Google “managing” any of those terms and you’ll receive hundreds of thousands of hits. The literature positively explodes with deep insight and pop psychology on how to deal with …