Rules of hiring rapidly changing–and so is the TCBN

The New Rules of Hiring

Used to be a given: the most appealing professional career candidates had a lot in common: high school diplomas, a college degree from a respected university, and maybe even some on-the-job seasoning.

In fact, "used to be" was just a few years ago. In just a few short years, the landscape appears to be changing, something that became apparent as we at the Business News sought to expand our staff.

Think about it. Perhaps the two most in-demand groups of workers today are those pimply teens who design, hack, program, and innovate online; and those 70-plus year-olds who have a successful career, plenty of wisdom, and an appreciation for hard work and loyalty to their names. Neither group resembles those recent college grads.

Sure, the most appealing candidates today are likely still the 4.0 grads from the blue-blood colleges. But it's an interesting phenomenon in today's workplace. Some are even going as far as to suggest that college isn't for everyone. A recent National Public Radio series on this very topic quoted a community college professor:

"We don't have trouble telling someone they're not suited to be a musician or football player or something like that. But for the most part, we won't tell someone (that) we don't think they can make it as a doctor or an engineer. It's like an insult."

The piece went on to profile Rob MacDonald, 25, of Waltham, Mass., who tried college, then quit-but not before racking up nearly $40,000 in debt.

Don't go advising your high school student to avoid college just yet. But from our vantage point in the 21st Century workplace, the rules of hiring are rapidly changing. As always, we'd welcome your thoughts…

That's Life

It's an energizing time to be in Traverse City, and even more thrilling to be the newspaper reporting on our region's fascinating people and businesses.

In fact, we enjoy it so much we're expanding. Again.

Beginning this month, we're ecstatic to announce that you will hear many of our news stories broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio. This partnership will bring the best of our business news to the radio airwaves via one of northern Michigan's most respected stations. It's another way we're working to spread breaking news and interesting business profiles to more and more people in the region.

We're also pleased to welcome all members at the Benzie County Chamber as subscribers in a partnership modeled after our ties to the Traverse City Chamber.

Also beginning this month, we finally have a Life – section, that is. "Life" is a new part of the paper devoted to topics and personalities beyond the workplace. You'll read this month, for instance, about professionals who ride "hogs," some impressively "fit" professionals, and unique garages. Future stories will reach far beyond business into the lives of northern Michiganders, discussing everything from what folks are wearing and eating to what great things our local charities are up to. Which means, of course, that now more than ever, we welcome your story ideas. As readers share their thoughts and ideas, this section will grow and evolve.

One of the philosophies behind our new section is that we believe that, even though it won't always be rosy, news doesn't have to be mean-spirited or bring you down…but it should always be an adventure.

That's "Life." BN