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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


2010 is almost here and that means a new year for job hunting. Many of you have been looking for jobs for 17 year olds for over 6 months as shown by the small poll at the bottom right of this blog. It looks like almost 80% of you have been looking over 3 months! WOW!

Will 2010 be any better? One of the bad things is that President Obama is going to raise taxes on anyone making $250,000 or more and that is going to hurt you in the job search. Now, $250,000 may seem like a lot to a teenager who doesn't have hardly any money but to a business, that amount is not much.

What it means is that any small business that makes over $250,000 is going to pay more in taxes and they are going to have to compensate by hiring fewer employees. Money doesn't grow on trees and with less money to go around, businesses lay off workers or don't hire new ones.

That greatly hurts your chances of getting a job in 2010 because businesses will not be as likely to hire you. So there is the already bad economy and now higher taxes on top of that means that 2010 might not be any better than 2009.

We need to see good things happen and have people start to spend money with confidence. Right now that is not happening as this Christmas buying season has seen lackluster sales and it seems that people are just not spending like they once did. This hurts all companies and your chance of finding a job.

If you are 17 years old and still looking for a job, all you can do is keep patient and keep trying. Do your best to apply to as many places as possible and always present yourself as best as you can. Give every employer a reason to say "yes" rather than "no". Hopefully by this summer (or sooner) you will have finally landed a job!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Are you are one of the many teens looking for a job? If you are, you should not forget to use all job sources at your disposal. It might be embarassing if you have been looking for a while and had no luck, but you musn't let it discourage you too much. Jobs are tough for everyone now and finding jobs for seventeen year olds is no different than any other age.

Most teens have friends who have jobs and you should use them as a lead. If you do know someone who has an after school job or the type of job you might want, ask them how they got it and if they know of any openings. Sometimes teens who have jobs hear things at work about when their employer might be hiring or they might be able to put in a good word for you. Even if they don't know of any immediate job opportunities, they could give you valuable information of how they got hired. Perhaps they have a strategy that worked for them that you don't know about.

Another job search strategy not to be overlooked is to use your parents to help you get the word out that you need a job. This might be a tough one for a 17 year old because at that age you probably want to distance yourself from your parents as much as possible just because they embarass you. But if you really want to find a job and are serious, you need to consider that they might be able to help you.

Your parents might know someone that could hire you and they also might be able to put in a good word for you with one of their friends. Letting your parents help you find a job might not be what you really want to happen but it might be the difference in whether you go the rest of the year with or without that job.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Right now is probably the time when the most jobs are available for 17 year olds. This holiday season which will last through most of January, is the time when stores and restaurants are hiring so they can deal with the added shoppers.

If you are a 17 year old looking for a job, now is the time you should be out trying to find places that need extra help. If you find a job in retail, they might want to keep you way past Christmas and the new year because they have to handle all the returns. First there is the onrush of shoppers and then there is comes the two or three week period when most people make returns. So, if you get a job now, it might last for a couple months.

If you are a teen looking for jobs for 17 year olds, you can be smart and always think about the different places that might need help based on the season. Right now is the holiday season, which is your best bet for a job, but other times of the year give you other opportunities.

For instance, during the summer you should be looking for jobs in places that have more summer business. Amusement parks, community swimming pools, lawnmowing jobs and others like this are all jobs you can get in the summer but will not find right now in the winter.

During the colder winter months, a whole different group of employers will be possibilities for finding jobs. You might find jobs at ski areas, winter resorts, valet jobs (more people eating out means more cars to be parked), hotel housekeeping jobs (more people traveling for the holidays means more rooms being taken in hotels), and other such jobs that might pick up during the winter. Be creative, brainstorm with your parents, and figure out what types of jobs might be hiring more people during the cold months of winter.

Whatever time of the year or season it is, some employers will be hiring more than others. Older teens can do almost any job so if you can get it, you can do it. Figuring out where to go to find open jobs for 17 year olds is a challenge but if you put your mind to it, you may have a head start on most of your friends who are also looking for work.