Lucas Walker

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Describe your career history and qualifications that led to this role.

Following a move to Canberra to study a Sports Management Degree at the University of Canberra, I stepped into a role working at a large national gym in a membership sales capacity. I enjoyed the role as it combined my passion for the fitness industry with my natural gravitation towards helping people. It also opened me up to the world of business development.

As with many large businesses however there was often more of a focus on reaching overblown KPIs rather than working towards valued outcomes with my clients. I therefore made the move into a Business Development Manager role at an educational institution. There I was able to build more of a consultative relationship with my clients and help them not only determine their career and study goals but also set them on a path to reach them.

After a number of years there, I was ready for a new challenge. I made the decision to transition into recruitment as it would enable me to use my business development skills, work closely alongside a wide range of people and be able to help them achieve their goals. I was in a stage in my life where I was a new dad with a young family, and I needed to find my feet in a career that allowed me to have a little more flexibility around work hours.

From the get go, I was working exclusively in the IT recruitment space. It’s an industry that is constantly evolving and I enjoyed the challenge of keeping up with changing trends and innovations.

After successfully working to establish new client relationships and secure roles for my team of consultants to fill, I became interested in a recruitment position that allowed me to see a process all the way through from start to finish. It had become increasingly important to me be part of an organisation that engaged recruiters on a 360* model but still aligned with my consultative approach and values.

In stepped HorizonOne….

What would you say is different about HorizonOne’s approach to recruitment?

We stand apart from so many recruitment companies by focusing on quality not speed. Rather than judging success by transactions, we are focused on adding real value. We want to be able to work with a candidate on an ongoing basis, looking at their long term career options not just pushing them in to the next placement. We consult with our clients to determine exactly who will be the right fit for their organisation, not just match a list of skills with a job description.

It is a refreshingly honest, open and meaningful approach to recruitment. 

What do you believe are the 3 key elements to being successful in recruitment?

  • Empathy – As simple as it may sound, you have to be able to treat people as people. Everyone we work with has different lives, families, motivations and pressures. Remembering that is incredibly important.
  • Hard work – In recruitment, the more work you do, the more you can help people. And the more success comes from it.
  • Resilience – Things go wrong. This is a fact of life. You need to be able to move on, learn from it and get right back in the game. 

What is the single best thing about working with HorizonOne?

The culture. The whole team is really fun and supportive.  Everyone is on the same page putting people over profits and focusing on making a difference in how recruitment is done in Canberra. 

Who is the biggest stirrer in the office? Got a good example…..?

Well, following the 2018 Telstra Business Award finalist dinner, I would have to say Sarah T and David’s combined banter is quite something! 

Outside of work I love to…..

To be honest, I am kept pretty busy outside work with my 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son!

I do have a number of different passions though and one of those is coffee! I have been called everything from a coffee addict to a coffee snob but really I just love being able to enjoy a variety of flavours with a soft spot for single origins from faraway lands. My coffee ritual is also a great opportunity for me to clear my head and take a moment for myself or to catch up with friends and family.

I’m also really into keeping active and I have a long-term love affair with the LA Lakers.