Updated 8/11/2014 - The great thing about jobs for 17 year olds is that you are now old enough to do most types of jobs. Only work that is deemed hazardous is off limits. Unlike the limitations on hours and other things for younger teenage workers, there are few jobs that seventeen year olds are now allowed to do. Listed below are some of the steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of getting hired:

Step #1
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.

Step #2
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.

Step #3
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.

Step #4
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.

Monday, October 19, 2009


The holiday season is right around the corner and if you are hoping to get jobs for seventeen year olds this winter, now is the time to start looking. There was one lesson that was to be learned this summer and that is that jobs for all ages are hard to find. This includes jobs for adults and workers who have lots of experience.

If you have been trying to get a job since summer, take advantage of this seasonal opportunity to try to get hired. During the holiday season, many retail outlets will be hiring part time workers to get them through the busy times. The Christmas shopping season is a hectic time for many of these stores and many of them hire temporary help all the way through January till the returns and madness is over.

Retail jobs for 17 year olds are a perfect place to get your foot in the door and get noticed. You must remember that until you get a job, no one will know what a hard worker you are. So by landing a part time Christmas job, you will at least be seen by someone who will have a chance of keeping you on or hiring you at a later date.

Part time jobs are great for 17 year olds because they can still go to school and make some money in their spare time. Many retail outlets have flexible hours so you can go to school and do your normal things while working on the weekends or after school.

The important thing is to not let the holiday season creep up on you. If you want a seasonal job, you need to start looking for possibilities right now! This is the biggest shopping time of the year and the only time that is guaranteed to see some stores hiring instead of laying off. Remember, a temporary job is better than no job and it can always lead to better things!

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