WHERE TO FIND JOBS FOR 17 YEAR OLDS
The first thing you can do is to go online and see what is available. The two websites listed below are all free to join and they can be used to find employers who are hiring in your area. If you have a resume (see step #2), you can submit it and then employers can see it and may contact you. Many employers now find all or most of their new employees online so you need to be actively searching at these three job search sites:
Snagajob – 100% free to sign up and they specialize in part time and hourly jobs. These are often exactly what a 17 year old is looking for.
Monster.com – 100% free to sign up and they have one of the biggest online job databases.
At age seventeen, you should start to put together a resume even if you don't have too much job experience. If you have a resume to give prospective employers and submit online to the job sites, you will be a step ahead of many of your peers who are also looking for work. You can put down all the jobs you have had as well as any awards you might have won and any volunteer work you do. Even though you might not have much on your resume, just having one tells an employer that you are thinking towards the future and that is a good thing.
If you have friends who have jobs, you should try to find out from them whether they like their jobs and whether there are any job openings. You should get all the information they can give you and perhaps even have them put in a good word for you. Use any friends and contacts you have to the best of your ability to give yourself the best chance of landing a job.
Lastly, you should take your job search out on foot and scour your area for openings. You might stop in at all the places you might like to work and inquire about the possibility of getting hired. If you personally go in an introduce yourself, you will have the chance to make a good impression and let someone actually see who you are. If you don't have too high expectations and understand that you will face rejection, you will at least be able to find out first hand what jobs are available and what their requirements are. Managers and employers also like teens who take the initiative to come in and introduce themselves. If you have a resume you should drop it off at this time. You never know, if you make a good impression, when a job opening does come up the employer might just remember you and give you a call.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Jobs for 17 year olds have been super difficult to find lately and this summer has been awful for all job seekers. Since you probably don't have much or any work experience, the things you can qualify for are limited and many of those jobs are already taken. Now you are probably already back in school having never gotten a job.
This is a good lesson for you that things are not always easy. No one is guaranteed a job and if you are lucky enough to have one or get one, you should do everything you can to keep it. There is no guarantee that a job will be available for you at any time so you should work hard to get and keep a job.
Seventeen year olds can do almost anything but most jobs will be in retail, restaurants, or some other service industry. If you have a special skill or talent, it is a good idea to try to get a job that will help you develop your skill or interest. Not all jobs are behind a desk pushing a pencil or behind a computer all day. If you want to do something else, try to find out what types of job you might be able to get that will bring you closer to that.
Jobs for 17 year olds can also be anything you want that you can do on your own. It is not essential to be hired by someone if you have something that you can sell yourself. If you are a creative person you can make money by selling your music, art, or whatever talent you have. The computer industry is huge now and kids who have technological skills can even freelance and sell their services online and offline doing things such as helping people design websites.
Whatever you decide to try to do, in this job environment it is going to be difficult to be successful but that means you just have to try harder. This is a time were you are being tested and those who are the most motivated will win out.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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