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!

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