“Communication skills development is key for many areas of life, and especially in the workforce,” says Alexandra Hamlet, Psy.D., at the Child Mind Institute in Manhattan.  If your teen seems comfortable holding conversations with adults, and is able to express his thoughts clearly, those are good signs he’s ready to respond to that help-wanted post. Kids who are afraid to ask questions (and tend to pretend they know more than they do to avoid looking “stupid”) would likely do well to work on breaking those habits before taking a job.