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.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


By the time you turn 17, most employers expect a little more from you than they might have a year or two earlier. Seventeen year olds are one year away from graduating high school, being able to vote, and are close to being considered adults. It is for this reason that when you interview for jobs for 17 year olds, you will need to do a little better than you might have the year before.

Seventeen year olds in many cases already have some work experience behind them. If you do, it would be wise to start a resume. Your parents can help you put one together and if they can't there is a lot of free information on the Web that you can look at. If you go into an employer with a resume, most likely you will be one step ahead of most of your peers who are also looking for jobs. Other than work experience, list any academic awards you have won or volunteer work you might have participated in to help give the interviewer a better idea of who you are.

Your dress for the interview should depend on the type of job you are seeking. If it involves manual labor or something along those lines, jeans and a nice shirt is probably enough. However, if you are seeking a job at a nice restaurant, in an office, or somewhere where the dress code is a little nicer, you should dress appropriately and wear clothes you might wear to church. You need to dress appropriately for the interview according to the type of place you would be working.

Jobs for 17 year olds can be a variety of things and most employers will probably assume you have had interviews before. Because of this, you should be able to appear less nervous and do a better job than a 16 or 15 year old would. If you have trouble in interview situations, find someone like your parents to practice with before you go in. The questions you might be asked could be a bit more advanced than they would be for someone younger.

You must do your best in all your interviews and try to come off as the person you really are. if you pretend to be someone you aren't, most employers can see that you are doing a bit of acting. Much of getting a job at seventeen involves whether you can present yourself well and look like you are someone to be trusted. Since you probably don't have a whole lot of work experience, an employer is going to have to make a decision based on something and your like ability and how well you come across in the interview will be a major factor.

If you do your best and still don't get the job, remember that the economy is bad right now and there were probably a few others interviewing as well. If you do get rejected, use that as a learning experience and try to make a few changes in the next one. Everyone gets rejected for jobs in their life and you are no different so it isn't something to get too worried about. Eventually you will get that job you want and when you do, you will have a great satisfaction that you were accepted and did a great job in the interview!

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