Matt Vaughn

About Matt

Matt works with technology professionals in the Nashville area to find their next job and build out their company’s teams.

Get to Know Matt

What is the most rewarding part about working for a recruiting agency?

As a past tech professional, recruiting on the technology side brings me in contact with amazing people every day. I’d like to say I have a lot of knowledge to share, but honestly, this job gives me a chance to learn so much every day. Whether it be a new book series a developer is reading or the emerging technology stack their working to implement at their current role. When I can get to know a person so well, then help them find their next great job, oh boy, that is a really great feeling.

Tell us more about your professional background. What led you to pursue a career at a recruitment company?

My professional background has been very heavy on the data intelligence side. There’s just something beautiful about taking an opaque data set and turning it into multiple revenue streams. I’ve been lucky enough to work for a number of great companies in my career and Vaco played a large part in that. When I was ready for a new challenge, Vaco’s vibrant culture and rising success were the perfect starting point for a new adventure.

What’s the secret to a great interview?

Being overly prepared and ready to listen are two strong points to start with for nailing an interview. Before you go face-to-face with a potential new company, you should know everything about them and have a few questions that peak your interest. Remember, that when someone is interviewing you, they’re thinking about being in an office with you for at least 40 hours a week, so showing that you’re curious and pleasant are two big factors to get the interviewers buy-in.

What’s the most important piece of professional/career advice you’ve ever received?

I actually have two pieces of advice that have really molded me into who I am today. The first wasn’t really advice more than observation. At one of my earlier companies, I was sitting in a room with the managing partners. Every man in that room was the definition of poise and professionalism, but one (my favorite partner) was different. He was dressed a little more casual and his mannerisms were so laid back and approachable, and I knew I respected him for that, which led me to my mantra to “Stay Approachable”. The second was when a mentor of mine told me one day, during what felt like the world’s most deafening silence, “silence is way more powerful than words”. I’ve practiced that for 10+ years now and over time I’ve learned that he really meant “Listening is much more powerful than having something to say”.

We know Vaco is your dream job, but if you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Easy one. If I could run data intelligence for the Ocean Cleanup Project. That mission is very important to me and if I could run a few algorithms with that data set, oh man. I would learn all of the technologies to take a shot at that. But that’s pretty far out there and Vaco is right behind it in terms of loving what I do for a living.

What is something you can do better than anyone else you know? 

Lord of the Rings trivia obviously. There’s only one person in the country that I think knows more about Tolkien’s works than me and that’s Stephen Colbert, but that’ll change one day. Once I publish my own series of fantasy novels that I’ve been working on for over a decade, then I’ll have that too.

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