A Day in the Life of Managing Principal Scott Hedberg

6:30 a.m. | Location: Home

Wake up early to enjoy the quiet morning. Step outside for a deep breath of fresh air. Preview my day. Read the business section of the paper.

7:30 a.m. | Location: Key’s Café, Downtown Minneapolis

Interview a potential candidate for a current job opening. Order 2 poached eggs with a side of oatmeal. Brief the candidate and ask various questions in order to feel out the terrain. The candidate seems average at best and not quite what the company is looking for; must continue search. No problem, I have more interviews set up for the position throughout the week. I only provide my clients with the best candidates, ones that I believe will truly excel.

8:30 a.m. | Location: On the Road

Drive to my “world headquarters” and use the down time to come up with two outside-the-box ideas for a confidential Portfolio Manager search I’m working on. Call one client, a national sales manager, on my way in to verify this morning’s meeting. She needs to reschedule for tomorrow. No problem; being flexible is just one way I make my clients’ lives easier.

8:45 a.m. | Location: World Headquarters

Chat with my receptionist, check messages, review resume from a particularly bright candidate, and call him to schedule an interview.

10:15 a.m. | Location: Office

Devise scouting strategy, including a Plan B, to contact a highly regarded candidate within a particularly territorial organization. I plan on attending a luncheon meeting of the professional association he chairs.

12:00 p.m. | Location: Edina Grill

Meet with a CFO of a local corporation to discuss her career objectives and review her credentials. She’s definitely promising, but I’m still eager to meet the other candidates I’ve targeted. My waitress teases me about eating lunch at the Grill again. What can I say? It’s a centrally located place that’s convenient for many of the candidates I meet with.

1:15 p.m. | Location: Office

Check messages. Call the leading candidates for a job I plan to fill by the end of the month. Leave messages for the first four, letting them know I’d like to arrange a time for them to meet with the client. I manage to catch the fifth person, who’s actually the leading candidate. I use the time to dig further into his history. Unfortunately, discover a potential conflict of interest regarding a board he serves on. Call my client immediately to discuss. We decide to eliminate that candidate from consideration. Call him back right away to deliver the news.

3:30 p.m. | Location: Client Conference Call

Talked with a twelve-year client to discuss current needs. Pleased to hear that the last executive I recruited was able to cut costs by 5% in his first quarter and even created enthusiasm for Hawaiian shirt day, which helped boost employee morale.

5:30 p.m. | Location: The Gym

Boxing class. Outworked opponents half my age. Regular exercise is really important to me. It gives me energy, which comes in handy when chasing down especially elusive executives. It also keeps me focused on what really matters. Like my clients, I value work/life balance and know that leading a healthy lifestyle makes it much easier to put in the long hours my job sometimes requires. This combination of increased energy and awareness allows me to see possibilities that other recruiters may overlook.

6:30 p.m. | Location: Juice Bar

Grab a double shot of wheat grass for the drive home. Wouldn’t want to suddenly keel over and leave a client in a tight spot. Seriously, it’s a jungle out there.

7:00 p.m. | Location: Home Office

Need to make one last phone call before calling it a day. I call a potential candidate in San Francisco for a phone interview. The candidate seems to be a good fit and provides many insightful answers to the questions I asked. The initial screening is coming to an end; time to start setting up interviews between my top candidate’s and my client. I feel good about my day and what I’ve accomplished. I’m already looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.