Get a perfect, personalized match for your next permanent hire.

Direct Hire is our permanent placement offering that provides a consultative approach and high-touch service for important roles and strategic hires.

Benefits of Direct Hire

  • Find exactly the right talent when you have a critical role to fill in marketing, creative, or experience design.
  • Attract top performers who are currently working but open to the right opportunity.
  • Work with a Direct Hire Consultant who brings industry expertise, deep connections, and close collaboration to the process.

Here’s how we work together.

Create search brief

Your Direct Hire Consultant works closely with you to develop an extensive search brief outlining the role and skills you require.

Recruit and vet

Your Consultant identifies talent for your unique needs and vets them through video interviews, portfolio reviews, and skills assessments. They present the top 3-5 candidates to you.

Interview candidates

A half-day interview session allows you to interview candidates back to back and work with your consultant to compare, contrast, and determine finalists.

Extend offer and close

Having worked extensively to pre-close talent, including compensation expectations, your Consultant extends the offer and secures an acceptance from your chosen candidate.

Check in post-hire

Your consultant checks in with you and your new hire to ensure that the fit is working well on both sides.


Why partner with Aquent?

Dedicated consultants

Our Direct Hire Consultants work only on permanent hiring and are dedicated to a limited number of positions at once so they can give you the time and attention you need.

Top-tier talent

Direct Hire Consultants draw from the Aquent global talent network to help you reach talent you couldn’t access yourself. This includes those superstars who aren’t looking but are open to the right opportunity.

Collaborative partnerships

Consultants deeply understand recruiting in marketing, creative, and experience design, adding value at every step. Collaborating closely with you, they’ll guide you through the process of finding your next great hire.

Our work is bigger than us.

Case Study


Tatcha is inspired by Japanese beauty secrets. Our secret is finding the right talent.

Client Success

When Tatcha needed to hire seasoned marketers for their line of Japanese luxury beauty products, they came to us. We recruited their Senior Director of Product Marketing and Director or Retail Marketing.

Case Study


When you’re searching for A Place for Mom, SEO really matters.

Client Success

Families all across North America searching for answers find them at A Place for Mom thanks to their effective SEO. When the client wanted a no-agency solution to increase revenue via search, we delivered an in-house SEO/SEM growth team to set strategic and creative direction.

Case Study


Revlon makes beauty products. Our talent help make their communications beautiful.

Client Success

In just nine months, we recruited 12 permanent employees for Revlon, including a Community Manager for the Almay brand, a Senior Manager for PR and Influencer Marketing, and the Senior Global Marketing Manager behind the launch of new brands.

Case Study


When consulting giant McKinsey needs top talent, they consult with us.

Client Success

McKinsey breeds excellence and views us as a partner that understands their culture and goals. For 10+ years, we’ve helped them hire high-caliber employees—UX Designers, Product Designers, User Researchers, Writers, and Content Managers.

Case Study


When LMC Automotive needed more forecasting horsepower, we delivered.

Client Success

LMC Automotive relies on highly skilled automotive analytics and forecasting talent. And they depend on our in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry to recruit this specialized talent—so much so that 30% of LMC’s Michigan staff are talent we’ve recruited.