Talent Scout
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Your Chicago staffing alternative

You don’t need a Chicago staffing agency. You need Talent Scout. Discover the easier, faster, and more cost-effective way to find the right talent.

You don’t need a Chicago staffing agency. You need Talent Scout. Discover the easier, faster, and more cost-effective way to find the right talent.

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Staffing Agency
Remote Staffing

Quality talent. Less time to hire. More flexibility.

Get access to a global pool of pre-vetted remote talent you can depend on

Connect with professionals who have proven experience in marketing, design, and tech

Save 30-50% compared to traditional Chicago recruiting firms

Start for free—you pay only once we find someone who’s the right fit

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How it works

Day 1-2: Schedule and meet

Give us a few details and set up a time to talk with your recruiter.

Day 2-3: Review curated shortlist

Receive a shortlist of pre-vetted talent from your recruiter.

Day 3-5: Interview and hire

Interview your top choices and hire the best fits.

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Why choose Talent Scout?

Talent Scout
Chicago staffing agency
Talent Scout
Chicago staffing agency
Who?
Professional freelancers
Temporary workers looking for full-time jobs
Where?
Remote global talent
Chicago talent for on-site work
Contract length
Flexible: 1 to 6+ months
At least 3 months
Contract hours
Flexible: 20-40 hours a week
40 hours a week
Days to hire
Average of 3 to 5 days
Average of 30 days
Recruiter services
Source, screen, and shortlist top talent
Source, screen, and shortlist top talent
Verify skills certifications
Yes
No
Typical fees
25-35% hourly rate
Up to 100% hourly rate

Work with in-demand global talent who are at the top of their field

Stephen K.

Stephen K.

Certified Magento, Shopify and BigCommerce Developer

"I was able to triple my income because of Upwork. I love the chance I have to learn and grow my business through the platform."

Ron Z.

Ron Z.

Premium WordPress Development

"Upwork has proven to be the best way for me to find high-quality clients and exciting work."

Maria S.

Maria S.

Senior Front-end developer with over 11 years of experience

"Upwork has taken my business to the next level. Through Upwork, I have engaged with many high quality clients that I would not have been exposed to by my own means."

Mara N.

Mara N.

Premium websites for premium clients

"Upwork makes finding clients and managing projects so much easier." "My goal in 2021 is to reach $1M in earnings on Upwork. That said, I am very grateful for the opportunity that Upwork has created for professionals.

Sam Crockett

Sam Crockett

Independent Web Developer

“My relationship with Cara & CompuVision has grown over the years. We’ve continued to work together on larger and more technical projects.”

We find you skilled talent for these in-demand skills

Development
Design & Creative
Sales & Marketing

Meet your Chicago recruiting team

Yurii Maksymchuk

Yurii Maksymchuk

Recruiter
Cristina Romero Tavarez

Cristina Romero Tavarez

Recruiter
Christopher Walden

Christopher Walden

Director, Talent Solutions
Cass Butler

Cass Butler

Recruiter
Carolyn Gomes

Carolyn Gomes

Recruiter
Brooke Kosowski

Brooke Kosowski

Lead Program Manager, Upwork Talent
Amberlee Conwell

Amberlee Conwell

Recruiter
Ali Sood

Ali Sood

Recruiter
Alexis De Jesus

Alexis De Jesus

Recruiter

Your Chicago staffing agency alternative

If you’re looking to find qualified contractors to fill open positions at your business, you don’t need to work with a Chicago recruitment company and wait months for placement. Talent Scout can find you global and local talent at a fraction of the cost, and it’s fast. 

Talented freelancers are drawn to Chicago, which is home to large corporations including Boeing, McDonald’s, Motorola, Exelon, and Kraft Heinz. Local job seekers have graduated from top universities, like the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, which have top-ranked programs in marketing, computer science, engineering, finance, and more. 

Chicago’s central location provides for a diverse economy with several flourishing industries, including manufacturing and publishing. Chicago has also been called the “candy capital” for its focus on food processing and is a major hub for finance and insurance businesses. That makes Chicago a great source of talent in a variety of fields, including sales and marketing, design and creative, and IT development.

What types of talent can I find on Talent Scout? 

Talent Scout can provide temporary staffing and long-term contract roles with full-time or part-time hours. Our recruiters have years of experience meeting the staffing needs of businesses faster than employment agencies, all while providing a better user experience. Talent Scout can connect you with remote independent professionals from around the world, in addition to Chicago area talent. Our recruiters specialize in the following fields:

  • Marketing: You don’t need a recruitment agency for marketing, and your human resources team doesn’t need to spend hours sifting through resumes. Talent Scout can provide a short list of digital marketing specialists, content strategists, media planners, and other marketing professionals who have worked at Chicago companies, like Conagra Brands and Walgreens. 
  • Design and Creative: Chicago is brimming with creatives, and you don’t need to hire a staffing firm to find them. Talent Scout can connect you with graphic designers, multimedia artists, photographers, interior designers, and other creative professionals who have experience working at Chicago businesses, like Hyatt Hotels. 
  • IT and Software Engineering: Talent Scout is a great source for freelance talent looking for Chicago jobs in software development, information security, network systems administration, and more. And unlike staffing services and temp agencies, our candidates have skill certifications to ensure they have the technical skills to succeed.

Use Talent Scout to find a freelancer 

Talent Scout is the only staffing solution you need, whether you’re searching for marketing candidates from the Chicagoland area or information technology candidates from around the globe. Talent Scout connects you with experienced independent professionals, not temporary staff searching for full-time Chicago jobs. Our recruiters can meet your hiring needs more efficiently than a traditional recruiting service at a fraction of the price, so you can assemble a team of superstars in Chicago within your budget. 

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between Talent Scout and a Chicago staffing agency?

Even leading staffing companies and recruiting firms can take months to find the right candidate for your business. But Talent Scout can deliver independent professionals in marketing, finance, legal, technology, engineering, IT development, and design who are ready to find their next job. You can put together a Chicago team quickly, leaving everyone with more time to walk along North Avenue Beach, grab brunch in Lincoln Park, or go shopping at Water Tower Place. 

While recruitment agencies charge fees up to 100% of the contractor’s pay, Talent Scout charges only 25% to 35%. That leaves your company with more cash to spend on other initiatives, all while delivering a short list of vetted and screened candidates, just like a city staffing agency. Furthermore, candidates from Upwork’s talent pool must pass skills certifications tests to be eligible for Talent Scout, so you can rest assured you’ll get a professional who’s ready to hit the ground running. 

Get in touch today to find out why Talent Scout can meet your needs better than a pricey recruiting company.

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