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, November 5, 2009


Any older teenager who is looking for a job must be wondering where they can find a job. The question is, what type of companies are hiring 17 year olds?

It should be easier to find part time jobs than full time jobs and that is good news for teens. Unfortunately, that is about the only good news. Companies that might have a job for 17 year olds are most retail stores, movie theaters, bowling alleys, restaurants, fast food restaurants, golf driving ranges, recreation parks, and coffee shops.

A good rule of thumb is that any place that has customer service jobs will likely be a place that 17 year olds may be able to get hired. Customer service jobs require little training and most older teens can adapt to them quickly. It is a job that will require you to always be courteous, polite, and on your best behavior as you will be dealing with real customers.

Customer service jobs can be found in almost any field that has stores that deal with the general public. If you are looking for hiring jobs for 17 year olds, it is recommended that you look around to get a good feel of all the different types of customer service jobs that might be available. The more job experience you have the better but you may be able to get this type of a job with no experience at all.

Work is scarce right now and finding jobs that are actually hiring may be difficult. Everyone is in the same situation and there are a lot of applicants for each job. It is smart to apply to everything you can and not be picky. If you are too selective in what you apply for, you may end up with no job at all. Right now, you need to take whatever comes along and try to switch to a better job later on when the economy picks back up.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


If you are seventeen years old you are probably looking for a part time job rather than a full time job. Although it can be hard to find any kind of job in this economy, the good news is that part time jobs are easier to find than full time jobs because they require less commitment from the employer.

Right now, companies would rather hire workers that they don't have to commit to fully. In other words, a part time helper is easier to let go if things get bad than someone who is salaried or works 40 hours a week. This means you have a better chance of getting hired for a seasonal or part time job than if you were looking for something to make a career out of.

Part time jobs for 17 year olds can be found online at a free website called Snagajob. They specialize in hourly jobs and part time jobs so they are perfect for older teens that are looking for jobs that are hiring. There are many retailers on Snagajob as well as restaurants and other types of businesses that routinely have part time jobs available.

You can start right out and do a free search of your zip code to see where the jobs are in your area. If you only want to work Saturdays or weekends, these are the types of employers that might have work available. Snagajob is FREE to sign up and it is the best place to start your search for those hourly jobs in your area that are hiring.

If you combine your search with online sites such as Snagajob as well as make the rounds on foot, you will have the best chance of getting hired. Right now retailers and restaurants are getting geared up for the Christmas shopping season and many are hiring now or will be shortly.

You should stop in at all the places you would like to work and enquire about jobs. This face to face contact might mean you get lucky and hit it off with a manager or store owner and will increase your chance of finding a job. If you work hard and spend time looking both online and offline for part time jobs for 17 year olds, you should be able to find one before the year is out!