Creative Staffing Services

Since 2009, Onward Search has established itself as the go-to digital creative staffing agency for many of Chicago’s leading businesses. We work with well-respected brands, digital agencies and companies in the Loop, Fulton Market, Streeterville and the rest of the Greater Chicago area.

Chicago Staffing Solutions

Whether you’re looking for Chicago-based talent to lead a website relaunch, supplement current branding initiatives, or to scale your current in-house creative teams, our candidates can fulfill your needs on both short and long-term assignments.


For one-time projects, scaling teams, extended absences and last minute demands, our freelance talent is available for your long and short-term needs and will help you get the job done.


Whether you’ve never hired someone with “those skills” before, or you simply need to focus your energy elsewhere, our perm team can help you secure top level talent that fits your organization.


If the talent you thought you needed for a short project turns into a long term need, or you just want to “try before you buy,” we’ll work with you to turn your freelancers into full-time employees.

Chicago Digital Creative Talent

Our goal is to provide top candidates to support your digital, creative or marketing projects and initiatives, without placing any undo burden on your current, internal staff. To accomplish this, we leverage our industry-leading database of high-skilled creative professionals in order to satisfy your freelance or contract-to-hire talent needs.
Account Services/Project Management

Account Executive
Account Manager
Account Planner
Agency Director
Business Development Manager
Creative Services Manager
Design Director


Content Manager
Content Producer
Content Specialist
Copy Editor
Proposal Writer
SEO Writer
Technical Writer
Web Editor

Design/Art Direction

3D Artist
Apparel Designer
Art Director
Creative Director
Graphic Designer
Industrial Designer
Infographic Designer
Interaction Designer
Packaging Designer
Presentation Designer
Product Designer
Technical Designer
Visual Designer
Web Designer
Web Production Artist


Business Analyst
Creative Technologist
Developer (UI / Front End)
Full Stack Developer
Mobile App Developer
Mobile Site Developer
Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Tester
Rapid Prototyper
Unity Developer

Digital Marketing/Traditional

Brand Manager
Community Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Strategist
Email Marketer
Event Marketing Specialist
Marketing Analyst
Marketing Manager (& Above)
Marketing Researcher
Marketing Strategist
Media Buyer
Media Planner
Merchandise Manager
PR Manager
Product Manager
SEM Specialist
SEO Specialist
Social Media Manager / Director
Social Media Specialist
Strategy Director
Visual Merchandiser
Web Analytics Specialist


Motion Graphics Designer
Multimedia Designer
Sound Editor
Video Editor / Post Production


Desktop Publisher
Digital Imager
Interactive Producer
Mock-Up Artist
Photo Editor
Photo Retoucher
Photo Stylist
Pre-Press Specialist
Production Artist
Production Manager / Director
Project Manager
Studio Coordinator
Studio Manager / Director
Traffic Manager


Content Strategist
Game Designer
Information Architect (IA)
Interactive Director
User Experience Designer
User Experience Specialist
User Experience Strategist
User Interface Designer
User Researcher
UX / UI Manager

Work with Us


Step 1

Get started by filling out the simple form below. It’s quick to complete and will help us immediately understand you’re hiring needs, so we can connect you with the right person on our team.

Step 2

A recruitment expert specific to your talent search will get in touch with you to discuss your hiring needs, including your budget, timeline, culture, and what you’re looking for in an ideal match.

Step 3

We’ll then search, vet and present you with the top talent available who fit your unique needs. We’ll even help you schedule the interviews with the candidates that interest you most.

Step 4

When you’re ready to make a hire, we’ll help you present your talent with the offer, facilitate negotiations and assist with onboarding. We’ll also follow up to ensure everything is going smoothly and to provide any other support you may need.
There is no cost for our services until you make a hire.

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