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  • What’s keeping teens out of work

    The Wall Street Journal - 04/16/2015

    Such soft skills, as they are also known, are usually developed through job experience, creating a Catch-22 for young would-be workers, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an economist at Northeastern University who studies hiring practices.

    “The old adage goes, ‘You can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job,’ and that has even bigger implications now,” she said.

    As the Journal story notes, pre-hire assessments are helping employers find the people they want. But the prevalence of testing can hurt young people trying to get a foothold in the workforce.

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