Military Transition Frequently Asked Questions

Assisting today’s top military leaders build post military careers

With veteran recruiters from every branch of the U.S. military and offices in 15 cities around the country, Lucas Group knowledgeably assists military officers and highly-skilled technicians transition from military service to rewarding civilian careers. Our SMO and JMO recruiting experts, along with our NCO and Miltech recruiters, specialize in finding the best career placement matches and veteran jobs for today’s military leaders.


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1. Does Lucas Group charge job seekers a fee for their services?
Lucas Group does not charge military job seekers any fee for services, nor do we require you to purchase specific books or training materials.

2. How are you paid?
Our corporate clients pay us a fee for finding top talent that they ultimately hire. This fee is not taken out of your compensation/salary. We’ve found that most job seekers who transition from military service ultimately get higher starting salaries when they work with us because we are negotiating behind the scenes on their behalf throughout the process. Here’s the bottom line…we don’t get paid unless you get hired! We are as motivated as you are to help our candidates find great jobs for former military officers.

3. Can you help me in my career search?
That will depend upon several factors, including your education and experience, as well as your location, job, and compensation preferences. The more you bring to the table in terms of experience and education, and the more flexible you are with respect to where you live, the more likely we can help find a retired military officer job that leads to a lasting, successful career. We specifically work with Senior Military Officers (SMOs), Junior Military Officers (JMOs), Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Technicians, and Veterans with Corporate Experience.

4. How do I get started?
Register as a job seeker on the Lucas Group website, and attach a draft of your resume, if you have one available. A Lucas Group military recruiter will review your background and parameters. If we believe we might be a valuable resource for you in your veteran jobs search, we will contact you to complete a marketability assessment. Register here.

5. How do you match me with military hiring companies?
We select potential candidates whose backgrounds and education match the qualifications and experience our corporate clients are seeking for specific positions, such as Junior Military Officer jobs, Miltech jobs, or other military job placement opportunities. We then review each potential candidate’s career parameters (position, location, opportunity) to determine which candidates and companies best match. This ensures that you will interview for opportunities that you are both qualified for and interested in pursuing.

6. How do interviews get scheduled?
We will present you with career opportunities and other jobs for retired military officers via our Military Hiring Conferences in addition to individual interviews scheduled outside of the Hiring Conference process.

7. How will you help me during the interview process?
To maximize your chances of success in the interview, we will prepare you for each interview with real-time intelligence on the company and interviewers. We also coordinate all interview logistics.

8. Will you help me in the salary negotiation process?
We believe that salary negotiation for any retired military officer job is most effective when it is done before an offer is officially extended. We will ensure that corporations you are interviewing with know what your salary requirements are in advance, in addition to the salary ranges of other opportunities you may be considering. This process ensures that the offer is both fair and competitive.

9. Where are the conferences held?
Lucas Group Hiring Conferences are held at Embassy Suites, Sheraton Suites, or another suite hotel in the selected conference city. Click here to see our upcoming conference schedule.

10. Where do I stay?
You can stay wherever you prefer. We recommend staying within reasonable commuting distance from the conference hotel. Your Lucas Group recruiter can provide you with a list of hotels in the area, including the conference hotel.

11. What do I need to do to prepare?
Create and send your recruiter a one-page MS WORD version of your resume. We will make all necessary copies for the interviewing companies.

Your Lucas Group recruiter will let you know what additional items we will need from you (DD-214, transcripts, military evaluations) in order to confirm your attendance at the conference.

  • Call your Lucas Group recruiter to schedule your pre-conference discussion.
  • Thoroughly review your Transitional Training Package in the weeks before the conference.
  • Make your transportation and lodging arrangements.

12. What do I need to bring with me?
Unless otherwise instructed by your Lucas Group recruiter, you should not need to bring anything to the conference except for your clothing and personal items. An internet-capable laptop to conduct research on the companies you are interviewing with may be helpful but is not required.

13. When do I find out which companies I am interviewing with and the jobs I am interviewing for?
Your Lucas Group recruiter will provide you some information on the companies in the days preceding the conference. This allows you the chance to do some research of your own, if you choose. Also, when you arrive at the conference, we will provide you with Information Brief Sheets on each company with which you are interviewing.

14. What is the schedule?
The first day kicks off as early as 8:00am and ends around 6:00pm (later if necessary.) We will spend the day going through interview preparation classes and providing you with information on the companies you will be interviewing with on the following day.

The second day will be dedicated to interviewing. Interviews generally occur between 7:00am and 6:00pm and are scheduled for 30-60 minutes each, depending on the company’s preference.

15. What do I wear?
DAY ONE: Professional business casual.
DAY TWO: Formal interview attire. We recommend:

For men, this mean a dark suit (single breasted preferred or conservative double breasted), white shirts, professionally laundered and pressed (heavy starch), a couple of colorful ties, and leather lace-up shoes (black or cordovan) with matching belt.

For women, this means a dark business suit with knee-length or longer skirt (a conservative, professional pant-suit is also acceptable), light blouses with regular collar or drape neck (avoid frills or low-cut), shoes to match your suit (no sandals or open toes, heels 1”-2″), neutral panty hose.

For both men and women, keep jewelry simple and use little or no perfume/cologne.

16. How many interviews will I have?
You may have anywhere from 1 to 7 interviews. The exact number will depend on your career parameters and the specific qualifications the attending companies are seeking. Part of the transition process is exploring different types of opportunities in order to help you determine your best fit. Keeping an open mind regarding industries, companies, jobs, and locations will help facilitate the process, and it will ensure that the decision you ultimately make will be the best one for you and your family in the long run.

17. What happens after the conference? How will I know how I did?
AT THE CONFERENCE: When you finish your last interview at the conference, we will provide you with a feedback sheet to fill out to determine which companies you would be interested in pursuing. One of our recruiters will sit down with you to review it with you before you depart the conference hotel.

We are going through the same process with the corporate interviewers in another room in the hotel. You will schedule a call with your recruiter on the next business day to discuss which companies are interested in pursuing you.

ONE BUSINESS DAY FOLLOWING THE CONFERENCE: In your discussion with your recruiter, he/she will let you know which companies are interested in pursuing you and will provide you with constructive feedback on how you did in the interviews.

ONE TO THREE WEEKS FOLLOWING THE CONFERENCE: This is when follow-up interviews normally get scheduled. Most companies have a second step in the interview process wherein they bring you to their facility/office to meet the people you would be working with and do a final interview. We will help coordinate this interview and will help you prepare for it as well.

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