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Q&A with John Nacy

John Nacy is the Senior Director of Technology with Transition Staffing Group. For over 15 years, John has worked to build long lasting relationships within the technology vertical of our industry while keeping a close eye on opportunities to lift others up along the way.

What inspired you to become a leader in technology recruiting? 

  • What drew me to technology recruitment is the fast-paced nature and ever evolving technologies. I can learn new things while focusing on building meaningful relationships. What inspired me to become a leader in technology recruitment is my former mentors/managers. Their empathy and ability to connect so genuinely with their team while leading by example has helped shape me into the leader I am today. I know that by taking this approach I have opened the door for my team to teach me new things as well, because if I am not fostering the right collaborative environment, team members will not share their opinions.

What are some of the challenges technology leaders are experiencing?

  • Like most organizations, technology leaders are experiencing attrition. The leading cause is companies returning to office and after nearly two and a half years remote, employees have demonstrated the ability to work efficiently from home.

Is it all about compensation for technology candidates in today’s market?

  • Although it is a big piece of the career search puzzle, most candidates are focused on exciting tech stacks and projects that can advance their career, along with remote first organizations.

How does Transition Staffing Group avoid being a transactional experience for both candidates and clients?

  • We do this by first focusing on understanding our client’s business and what is driving their need for talent. Additionally, we are hyper focused on finding that perfect role for our candidates by discovering their why. On the surface this may sound simple, but so many people miss this step and simply force the square peg into the round hole by flooding a manager’s inbox with resumes when they get a new requisition. When TSG engages with a client on an opportunity, we lead with a partnership approach and shared mission. It’s because of this very close partnership that we have been able to consistently achieve a 60+% fill ratio on our clients’ requisitions while our industry average hoovers below 30%.

How do you stay informed in such a dynamic discipline like technology?

  • There are many great blogs out today like TechCrunch or Wired, but still the best way for me to keep up with current trends is through my clients and candidates who are working with these technologies every day. There is a quote I heard years ago that technology has never been faster than it is today (Web 3.0), and it will never be slower than it is today, and it couldn’t be truer.

How do you unplug from your day job?

  • When my workday is done, I need to get out and stretch my legs, so my wife and I will take our 8 month-old puppy Snoop Dogg for a walk to the water. He keeps us honest to the schedule, because when the clock strikes 5pm he lets us know it is time to go! Nothing beats fresh air, Vitamin D, the smell of the ocean and a little exercise!

Do you have any favorite life hacks?

  • For me meditation has been life changing in the last year, I wish I would have begun sooner. I meditate 3-4 times per day, but the most important session to me, is first thing in the morning when I wake up. I have always preached that you can control two things every single day, your mindset, and your activity, so by meditating when I feel stressed or anxious, I am controlling my mindset and hitting a reset button.

If there was one piece of advice you could give to someone just getting started in their career, what would it be?

  • Be curious and seek to understand everything about the person you are speaking with. In a world where most people are going through the motions and checking boxes to move to their next task, you must genuinely be interested in learning peoples “why” behind their “what”.

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