Talent Scout
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Your Houston staffing alternative

You don’t need a Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston 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
Houston staffing agency
Talent Scout
Houston staffing agency
Who?
Professional freelancers
Temporary workers looking for full-time jobs
Where?
Remote global talent
Houston 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

Cara Bedford

Cara Bedford

Director Strategic Marketing, CompuVision

“The freelance talent that I’m able to access creates productivity in a way that I don’t think any of us thought possible.”

Josh B.

Josh B.

SQL Server DBA | SQL Developer | Data Engineer

"I wake up every day and get to do work I love because of Upwork." "I've worked over 8,000 hours on Upwork and it barely feels like it because I love what I do"

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.

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."

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."

We find you skilled talent for these in-demand skills

Development
Design & Creative
Sales & Marketing

Meet your Houston 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 Houston staffing agency alternative

The Houston job market has dramatically changed in the last decade. While oil and energy-related companies remain dominant industries, the metro area has diversified. The manufacturing, chemical, and healthcare industries experienced significant growth in recent years. Employment agencies have seen an uptick in open positions in construction, food service, and recreation. Also primed for major expansion are the software development and nanotechnology industries.

In fact, of all the metro areas across the country, Houston is now home to the third most Fortune 500 headquarters. Companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Sysco, Academy Sports & Outdoors, and Group 1 Automotive are based in Houston.

Despite this growth, the cost of living in the Houston area remains relatively low compared to other U.S. metro areas. 

What does all this mean for Houston-based businesses with staffing needs?

The area is a hotbed for recruiting firms. Especially those focused on areas like sales & marketing, design, DevOps, and IT. Do you need to tap into top talent in those fields? Let Talent Scout help.

Unlike many temporary staffing firms, our talent pool consists solely of independent professionals looking for remote work. Our candidates prefer to take work on a project-to-project basis and aren’t expecting a full-time position.

The success of Talent Scout recruiting services is due to Upwork’s solid and established reputation for matching independent professionals with excellent opportunities. Millions of freelancers worldwide use the Upwork marketplace to connect with clients. This means Talent Scout’s recruiting professionals have immediate access to an amazing pool of top-quality contractors.

What types of talent can I find on Talent Scout?

Located in the heart of Houston’s world-renowned Museum District and next to the Texas Medical Center sits Rice University, a top national research institution. And just outside the Inner Loop sits the University of Houston. Ideal locations for internships and research opportunities, both universities draw national and international students. Many of the job seekers in the Talent Scout network have graduated from these prestigious schools, as well as many of the top schools in Dallas.

In addition to graduates eager and ready-to-work, Talent Scout has top staffing solutions for Houston businesses that need people with experience in design, marketing, and information technology.

Design and Creative

A city rich in culture—think Houston’s Downtown Theater District, The Graffiti Building behind the George R. Brown Convention Center, and the “Art and Soul of the City,” EaDo—Houston attracts creatives from around the world. And you don’t need to spend half your budget with a recruiting firm to find the right creative director, graphic designer, photographer, or product designer.

Talent Scout is a cost-effective and streamlined Houston staffing agency alternative. Our specialized recruiters quickly connect you with independent business owners. Many have experience working for Fortune 500 companies, including Kinder Morgan, KBR, Inc., Phillips 66, and NRG Energy.

Marketing

Finding global talent with skills in marketing has many advantages. Talent Scout connects you with in-the-know marketing professionals. Copywriters, media planners, or advertising project managers who know that The Heights, Near Northside, and Houston’s Second Ward are the hippest Houston neighborhoods. And that Manvel, Fulshear, and Sugar Land are Houston suburbs projected for major population growth.

Many of these independent business owners may have testimonials from some of the fastest-growing companies in the Houston area, such as ReMedi Health Solutions, Scalable Brands in Stafford, and Homestead Brands in Humble.

IT and Software Engineering

East of Houston, the University of Texas Austin is one of the top 10 schools in the nation for graduate degrees in computer science. Many staffing services and temp agencies only have already-established data engineers, IT security analysts, and software developers on their rosters. Talent Scout recognizes that recent graduates have exposure to the most current trends. And they’re ready to work at reasonable rates.

Maybe your specific project requires a longer resume? Talent Scout can still help. We’ll connect you with tech-centric talent who can bring their experience to top Houston start-ups like GeoSoftware, Axiom Space, and GoCo.io.

Use Talent Scout to Find a Freelancer for Your Houston Business

Just as the Houston Texans send scouts to find the next stars to play at NRG Stadium, our team knows how to find qualified candidates for all your temporary staffing needs.

When there’s a tight deadline, who has time to read through a handful of resumes, vet the hard and soft skills of potential contractors, and verify necessary certifications? At Talent Scout, we’ve already done the heavy lifting. Our Houston clients skip the early and mundane stages of the hiring process. A huge benefit for smaller businesses that don’t have a human resources department.

Our experienced recruiters are in-tune with client needs. After learning exactly what you’re looking for, our recruiters tap into Upwork’s diverse database. Assisted by advanced machine learning we’ll send you a curated list of highly qualified independent professionals. You’ll get this in less than a week. Then it’s up to you to direct-hire the contractor that best fits your needs. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better user experience.

You might think that working with the best Houston staffing agency alternative comes at top dollar. But, for Houston-based businesses, that’s not the case. Whether you need a skilled freelancer for a single project or you’re looking to find someone long-term without bringing on a full-time employee, Talent Scout finds top talent at a much lower cost than most temp agencies and recruiting firms.

When you need simple and seamless recruiting support, Talent Scout is your best staffing agency alternative in the Houston area. Get in touch with an expert today.

Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between Talent Scout and a Houston staffing agency?

Some businesses experience exponential growth and need to quickly build an entire team to scale. Others may need a skilled professional to temporarily step in and complete a project that’s been put on hold due to unforeseen circumstances. In either scenario, fast action is a must. The hiring processes of traditional staffing agencies often take up to 30 days. With access to an already-vetted pool of top talent, a Talent Scout recruiter can easily reduce the time-to-fill cycle to less than a week.

Traditional recruiting agencies typically work with candidates searching for full-time positions. Job seekers in Upwork’s Talent Scout network are comfortable with and well-adapted to remote work. With experience in identifying skilled professionals that are the right fit for a specific project and the knowledge about how to leverage machine learning effectively, our Talent Scout recruiters can quickly curate a short list of vetted talent. All at 25% to 35% less than you’d pay a locally based staffing agency.

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