smartdept. inc. is a nationwide creative, interactive, and marketing talent resource headquartered in Chicago. We provide companies with freelance, contract, direct hire, and contract-to-hire candidates. Our ability to service customers of all sizes, while still taking a boutique approach to service, allows us the best chance to cultivate the successful relationships we value. smartdept. inc. is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Working with us helps support diverse markets and furthers economic growth (what else do you need!?).

We represent creative, interactive, and marketing talent for the following opportunities:

Freelance and Contract
Whether you need added support during your busy season, for special projects, to cover a maternity/medical leave, or just to fill the gap while hiring, we can help.

Direct Hire
Our search is on a contingency basis, and applies only if you hire a candidate we identify for your needs. Our placements even come with a guarantee.

Contract-to-Hire
If you decide one of our talent is a good fit for your company, by all means, hire them. This works out great for everyone because the longer a candidate works, the bigger the discount on the conversion fee.

Whether you’re on the hunt for an inspiring new job or looking to add someone inspiring to your team, we can help you in your search.

Our detailed matching process lets us really get to know everything about our talent – their short- and long-term goals, strengths and weaknesses, favorite playlist, go-to social media influencer, you name it. So when you present us with your criteria, we can provide the most ideal candidate, not just the most available one.

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Our clients got smart.

smartdept. inc. has always worked hand-in-hand with us to vet and test candidates targeted to meet our unique talent requirements. They have consistently worked to ensure that candidates that we utilize year over year are available to return during our busy season. We continue to recommend smartdept. inc. as one of the best talent resources not only in Chicago, but throughout the U.S.

Jeannette, Chicago

To be able to have the pleasure of working for 17 years with the same owners that founded the company is to say the very least, not just an anomaly in the business, but something that truly differentiates our partnership and working relationship with Eric and Michelle. It is one thing that truly differentiates our relationship and makes the experience of working with smartdept. inc. unique and personal

Kathy, Chicago
smartdept. inc. found us a developer, that we have been working with for more than a decade. We like working with him so much that even after he moved out of state we continue to work with him remotely. Sometimes working remotely with folks can be a challenge, but not with Richard. He is so good, from his skill set to his demeanor, to his understanding of how to work with a creative ad agency, that he is a perfect match for our environment.
Chris, Chicago

Being able to have a resource that works specifically with creative professionals here in Grand Rapids has really made a difference in the quality of the candidates we see for our needs.

Andrew, Grand Rapids