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Getting Your Teen a Summer Job

Hiring Complaint No. 2

They expect to have a say in everything.

The downside: Constantly spouting off opinions makes it seem that teens lack appropriate boundaries. "I came up in the industry being screamed at by chefs, and I understood I was supposed to be quiet and take it," says David Adjey, a chef on the Food Network who speaks frequently on generational differences in the workplace. "So I tried to run my kitchen the same way. But this group has to talk back about everything." He's not alone in feeling this makes kids difficult to manage: A survey from reports that 55 percent of employers think Gen Y workers have a difficult time with authority.

The upside: With their blunt style, they often say things no one wants to hear, giving an honest -- if harsh -- perspective.

How to help: It's great to have principles, values, and ideas -- and you should tell your teen that, but encourage him to be careful about how he shares them, especially during interviews. "The No. 1 thing employers are looking for from kids is a positive attitude," says Boyer.