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 culture fit.

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


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 Aquent’s insider knowledge of the automotive industry to recruit this specialized talent. Aquent recruits make up 30% of LMC’s Michigan staff.

Case Study


When consulting giant McKinsey needs talent they consult with us.

Client Success

McKinsey is a firm that breeds excellence, and sees Aquent as a partner that understands their culture and goals. For 10+ years we’ve helped them hire high-caliber employees—UX talent, product designers, user researchers, writers, and content managers.

Case Study


When you’re 85 years old, SEO really matters: A Place For Mom story

Client Success

Families all across North America searching for answers find them at Place For Mom. SEO made it #1. The client’s next goal? A no-agency 44% organic revenue increase. Aquent delivered an in-house SEO/SEM growth team that could set strategic and creative direction.

Case Study


Macy’s, a favorite of our great, great grandmothers, had to win the digital age.

Client Success

No great shock that a retailer founded in 1858 was losing to ecommerce. The mandate: transform, create omnichannel experiences, and ensure great CX at every touchpoint. Aquent helped hire UX team leaders who were up to the challenge, building consensus and confidence.

Case Study


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

Client Success

In just 9 months, we recruited 12 permanent employees for Revlon. Positions included a Community Manager for the Almay brand, a Sr. Manager for PR and Influencer Marketing, and the Sr. Global Marketing Manager behind the launch of new brands.