Doctor. Teacher. Minister. Recruiter.

One of these things is not like the other, right?

The first three titles are fairly quickly associated with service and purpose. They’re well-established vocations that provide life-changing help to others.

When it comes to my career choices, the desire to be of service to others was never far from my mind. I commissioned in the Marine Corps after college and had one of the most fulfilling paths I could have imagined for giving back to my country. When I left the Marines in 1999, though, I worried that my years of being of service to others might be coming to a close.

Still, when I interviewed with Lucas Group, I was excited to be offered a role as a recruiter. I was at a point in my life when I wanted to provide for my growing family, even if that meant choosing a career that was no longer as mission-driven as being a Marine.

Almost instantly, though, I got more out of being a recruiter than I expected.

As a recruiter working with veterans transitioning to civilian jobs, I was able to have a hand in helping veterans like me land their dream job. When I realized that being a recruiter was another opportunity to be of service to others, I was hooked. Twenty years later, knowing I’ll be able to spend my time being of service to others is still what makes me excited to start my workday every morning.

I’ve taken my recruiting career very seriously and have always invested a lot of my time in building a relationship with someone before, during and after I place them in a role. Some of my relationships with people span years, even decades. Sometimes the vets I help find jobs stay in their roles for the rest of their careers. Other times, they’re ready for something new after learning what they can from a role. I’ve found that staying in touch with people I place helps me to continue to learn what makes a good fit and, more importantly, serves as a constant reminder of the difference recruiters can make.

I have had the good fortune to work with some of the most accomplished, humble and, honestly, fascinating people I could have imagined. In the past year alone, I’ve helped a former Navy officer and professional sky diver, a former Army officer and Olympian, and a decorated retiring officer whom I first had coffee with in 2010 transition to the next chapter in their careers. These are people with remarkable backgrounds and even more impressive resumes.

Because of my military background and professional niche, I work exclusively with transitioning members of our armed forces, which gives me added purpose. All of the people I place are transitioning from their positions as military officers to civilian careers. They have given their best to our country, and I get to help them make the most of the next phase of their lives.

I’m not just placing candidates, I’m building relationships. I enjoy staying in touch with the vets I help and am gratified to hear they’ve just landed a multi-million-dollar sale or been promoted to a new role. At the risk of sounding over the top, I truly believe recruiting has given me more than a career; it’s given me a second chance to be of service to others. That’s been an important part of who I am throughout my entire adult working life, both in and outside of the Marines.  This chance to help others is something for which I’ll always be grateful.