If you’ve ever been out of work, you know how tough it can be to find a job. And when you’re looking for work, you don’t want just any job, you want the right job for you. Enter NauWork. If you’re seeking employment in the tech sector, founders Miles Mattern and Jeremy Mosier are here for you. With a focus on more precise job and applicant profile data, NauWork connects great Tech talent with great Tech jobs to solve problems for businesses and the people behind them.
What was the spark that inspired the birth of your concept?
We spent ten years building a former business that solved hiring challenges and addressed staff shortages for hospitals. During those years, we were occasionally drawn to the idea of applying our model to the staffing of tech professionals. Whenever the idea surfaced we would eventually dismiss it. After all, we told ourselves, businesses staffing tech roles must be utilizing more effective processes than healthcare companies, right?
After closing on the sale of the business in 2016, we decided to research our tech staffing assumptions. What we found surprised us. Almost all of the same challenges and inefficiencies prevalent in healthcare existed in the hiring and staffing of tech professionals. In fact, our research uncovered very little difference between the two.
That discovery and the feedback we received from IT executives led to the formation of NauWork’s tech staffing solutions.
What problem does it solve?
We use a data-driven talent assessment and screening approach to qualify applicants and more precisely match them to the right client jobs and project openings. It’s an approach that improves the client and applicant hiring experience, produces better talent-to-job match results and subsequent retention outcomes.
How are you better/different than your competition?
We take a different approach to talent acquisition and staffing than our market peers. Fundamental to our approach is the belief that clearer, more precise job and applicant profile data aids candidate hiring decisions, delivers a better candidate experience and improves retention outcomes. It’s the philosophy that informs our data-driven process. The enhanced applicant and job datasets we generate allow our team members to more effectively and efficiently match tech talent with the right tech jobs.
How do you make money?
We generate revenue when we successfully pair the right tech professional to a client staff opening or temporary project. Of course, delivering for a job seeker and client is also pretty gratifying.
What’s the best thing about being an entrepreneur?
The ability to identify market opportunities and quickly mobilize resources to address the opportunity. There are no artificial barriers to action.
As an entrepreneur, what keeps you up at night?
Sleep interruption tends to come from the excitement of a promising new idea or the weight of a significant strategic decision. Though, our kids do a good job keeping us up at night too.
What is the best entrepreneurial advice you have received (and from whom)?
Over the years we’ve received countless gems of wisdom, insight, and counsel that helped guide and shape us professionally and personally. If there is one constant, it’s that each and every stage of our respective journeys benefited from the involvement of mentors, colleagues and loved ones. They have dispensed timely advice and guidance particular to the opportunity and challenges at hand. We try to make sure we’re routinely seeking input and remain open to guidance and reflection, even when the time available to do so is scarce.
What song best describes your entrepreneurial journey?
Journey’s 1981 hit Don’t Stop Believin’.
Do you think Oregon is a good place to start a business? How has it helped you, and what challenges has it posed?
Oregon has a vibrant and progressive business environment that is technology-forward and community-focused. In our experience, if you are able to improve on existing practice and generate efficiencies and improved outcomes, you will find an audience and their positive experiences will be shared through the business community. It’s an environment that has suited NauWork perfectly.
Any other tidbits or fun facts to share?
Miles is a lifelong musician with faint (but still present) dreams of rock stardom. Weekly jam sessions in his “band room” bring like-minded local musicians together.
Jeremy’s dream of playing in the English Premier League is in the rearview mirror, but he still finds time to scrimmage with other has-beens on the weekends.