WHERE TO FIND JOBS FOR 17 YEAR OLDS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Think about it, does an email address like "Iamhottoday@aol.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" sound like an email you should use when you apply for a job? Many employers, when they see an email like that, will immediately go on to the next applicant because they don't want to deal with immature children.
Your email address as well as the message you have on your voice mail, speak volumes about who you are and what type of person is applying for the job. You have to remember that if you want a job this summer or anytime in the future, it is adults that are going to be evaluating and hiring you.
Getting a job is a serious step into the real world that is run by adults. Getting jobs for 17 year olds is tough because of all the competition out there but you don't want to knock yourself out of the running for a job before you ever have a chance. Make sure you don't use a silly email or a silly voice mail!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Does that sound like you? Have you even tried to get a job? Right now too many teens are giving up before they even get started just because they have heard it's tough. IF YOU NEVER TRY, YOU HAVE A 100% CHANCE OF FAILING!
The way you get a job in this environment is by never giving up. If you have been turned down 50 times then you try another 50 times, if that is what it takes. You have to keep applying for jobs no matter how you feel. Right now, that's the only way: to work harder at getting a job than the next guy and never stop looking.
There are lots of places to get jobs and maybe you haven't thought of them all. You can try camps, lawn care businesses, movie theaters, old folks homes, amusement parks, resorts, restaurants, retail stores, and any other places you can think of. There are companies out their hiring 17 year olds and teenagers of all ages.
One thing that might be keeping you back is if you are not applying to every job that you can do. Maybe you have not applied to any fast food restaurants because you think that working at McDonalds is to low a job for you. You are worried that your friends will laugh at you or make fun of you for flipping burgers. Well, that is the exact attitude that will contribute to your going the whole summer without ever being hired anywhere. Is going jobless cool?
When you are looking for jobs for 17 years olds, you have to start somewhere in the job market and that is usually at the bottom of the heap. You probably have little to no experience so you can't be picky about what kind of job you take, especially not now. Any job you get now will look good on your resume and it will show that you are willing to do hard work.
Employers like to see that and if you take the job flipping burgers this summer, you might be able to get something better next year because you will have more experience. Besides, you can learn a lot of things at a fast food restaurant including how to cashier, customer service, cooking, teamwork, how to deal with a boss and other things that will benefit you later on in life.
So, don't be the one saying that it is not even worth trying to get a job because you know there are none out there. There are jobs available and you have to be prepared to keep looking until you finally find one. Good luck!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Important---> It is very important to note that before you use anyone as a reference, no matter who they are, you should ask them first if it is alright. That includes your teachers, parents, other family members, and past managers. You have to make sure they know that they could be getting a call from someone who will be asking about you so that they are not caught off guard.
Since you will be trying to get a job, the absolute best kind of reference is from a manager you have had in the past from another job. If you did well at that job and the manager is willing to speak highly of you, that will be the strongest kind of recommendation you can get.
If you have never had a job before, you will obviously not have a reference from a past employer so you will have to use someone else that can speak highly of you. This includes teachers, parents, Aunts or Uncles, and adult friends of the family. You should not use your personal friends as a reference and instead try to find the most important adult in your life.
Employers are looking for ways to figure out who you are and whether you will be a good match for the job. They want 17 year olds that are going to show up on time, take the job seriously, and add value to their company in exchange for the paycheck they will be giving you. Unless they know you personally, calling on references may be the only way a manager has of determining whether they should hire you or someone else. Getting a summer job can be quite competitive now and those teens that have the best credentials will have the best chance of scoring that job.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Right now, with the economy being so awful, any job might qualify as a "good job". If you can get any type of job at all, you might seriously think twice before turning it down.
Take a look at the poll in the right column of this blog. As of 4/14/10, it shows that over 50% of you have been looking for a job for MORE THAN 6 months! Now that is an unscientific poll but judging from all the bad news about jobs you hear, the poll is probably pretty accurate.
Snagajob remains the #1 online site for teenagers to find jobs for 17 year olds and other ages. They have the best selection of companies that have historically hired teens and have the types of jobs that teenagers can do and like doing.
Looking online together with searching offline is your best bet to find a job this summer. But if you wait too long you will end up with nothing as demand for jobs is high. Even though it is only April, many 17 year olds are already out there looking and trying to nail down summer work. You need to start right now too, if you are really serious about finding a job!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Summer jobs for 17 year olds are going to be difficult to get this year and so you might start trying to make money on your own. Affiliate marketing is when you have a website about any topic and you put links on it to different vendors. If your readers go through your links and make a purchase, you get a small commission for sending them.
There are billions of websites on the Internet and there is a lot of money being made. With affiliate marketing you don't have to have your own product or deal with any shipping because you are selling someone else's product or getting paid to get people to sign up for things. It is something you can do in your spare time and although it probably won't replace a summer job, it can bring in some extra money.
Many high school students already have a website or might be thinking of creating one. You can buy your own domain (about $9.00) and pay for hosting (about $4 to $10 per month) or you can start out with a free Blogger blog. The advantage of paying for your own site is that you actually own the site while a Blogger blog can be shut down if you inadvertently violate their terms or they consider it spam.
Having your own website and building it up is a lot of work buy many consider it fun if you enjoy what it is about. You should make your website around a topic that interests you so that you can continue to write and add content. You might also consider making your website about something you can make money off of where there are people looking to buy.
Always a challenge will be trying to get people to your site. The best way to get targeted visitors is by getting your website or blog to the front page of Google for the search terms you desire. That way you continue to get free traffic to your blog day after day and you can then figure out how to make money off that traffic. Being only 17, you may need to have help from your parents signing up to some affiliate programs but not all of them.
One of the best affiliate programs out there is CashCrate. You have to be at least 13 to sign up so if you are seventeen you are fine. Money can be made by doing free surveys and offers but MORE money can be made by referring others to the site through your affiliate ID link. Many teens have blogs devoted to CashCrate and some are successful and some are not.
You need to know what you are doing to make money with affiliate marketing and a good place to learn is here at online surveys for money. That blog will teach you how to make money with your own blog and how to get visitors to it so they will sign up under you. Make sure you read that blog from the first post dated 3/3/2009 and read the posts in the order they were written.
Friday, March 19, 2010
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour but you might legally make less if your job includes tips. Many waiter type jobs that are heavily dependant on tips do pay a lot less than minimum wage. Also, there are a few states (Alaska, Illinois, Oregon, and others) that have a minimum wage that is higher than $7.25 so you might make more depending on where you live.
Just because you are 17 doesn't meant that you can't make more than minimum wage. If you have experience and are good at what you do, you might indeed be able to make more. However, for the majority looking for summer jobs for 17 year olds, the $7.25 hourly amount is what you will be getting.
It appears that there are still more teenagers looking for jobs than there are jobs available again this year. 17 year olds will be up against more adults than younger teens because they can now apply for jobs that involve driving.
Many adults are frustrated as well about the bad economy and the lack of jobs which forces them to apply for jobs they wouldn't ordinarily want. So, if you are a 17 year old looking for a summer job, you may have to beat out some adults to get hired.
The sooner you start looking for work the more chances you will have to find something so start right now!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Summer jobs are great because you have lots of free time and probably need to earn some extra money. Most kids have time to kill and a summer job is a great way to spend part of it. But if you get a job during the school year, it can take away from what some consider to be more important things, like homework. It is often not advisable for students to have jobs during the school year because it will mean less time to do the things that kids should be doing like studying, having fun, and participating in different activities.
With this economy being so poor though, many families may need their 17 year olds to work if they can all year long. Any additional money they can bring in to help the family is very important, especially if one or more of the parents are out of work. It is a difficult time right now for many families and jobs are in high demand.
Completing your education seems to be the most important thing you can do when you are young and very few people would disagree with that. However, right now some 17 year olds are needing to work even during the school year just to make extra money for their Mom and Dad. Some kids may even be quitting school just to help pay the mortgage and put food on the table.
In years past, jobs for 17 year old students were most often sought because the kids just wanted some extra spending money. If that sounds like your situation, you should make sure your new job doesn't take away from you doing well in school. Your future is in your education and not the hourly job you have now. And if you need a job to help out your family, try to do your best at both your job and school. It is a tough time for many and all you can do is to keep your head high and work hard at both.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
It might seem that school isn't that fun or won't benefit you that much. It might seem that having a job and making money is a better alternative and it won't matter if your school grades or activities suffer. But remember, any job a 17 year old can get is one that doesn't pay well and probably doesn't have much of a future. For instance, do you want to spend the rest of your life mixing shake a an Orange Julius in the mall or waiting on people behind a counter?
Getting an education should almost always be your first priority. Right now that might be hard to understand with the economy being so bad and families experiencing hard times. Perhaps you need a job to help out your family and if that is the case then there is not much you can do other than try your hardest at both school and your job.
However, if you are working just because you want extra spending money, remember that your education is what will ultimately be the most valuable to you. You need to get good grades and try to get into college, whether it be a small local college or a bigger one away from home. You mustn't let your job hurt your chances later in life.
Jobs for 17 year old high school students should be ones that allow you to ample time to study and participate in school activities. Part time jobs with a lot of flexibility are what you might want to look into so that you get the best of both worlds: working and staying in school!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Mall jobs are great for 17 year olds because it is a safe environment where teens hang out anyway. It is warm, there are usually lots of places to eat, many stores to shop in your off hours, and it is a popular hang out for the younger generation. Most teens would agree, a job at the mall sure beats a job at a senior center!
Job openings for 17 year olds at malls probably will be an issue again this summer. There are only so many openings and there are many more students who want work than there are jobs. As jobs at malls are some of the most sought out after, you need to get lucky to get one.
One of your best chances is if you know someone already working at a store that will help you get hired. If you have a friend who is a good worker and will give you a recommendation, you may stand a better chance of getting hired than someone else. This is when it is great to have a best friend who can help you out.
If you are lacking that inside connection, your second best bet is to start looking early which means NOW! You might check out every store you might like to work in and ask for the manager. Tell them you are or will be looking for a job and see if they give you any pointers or positive feedback about your possibilities. This is where it really helps to have some experience and knowledge of the job you might want.
By the time you are 17 you might already have some valuable job experience. If you do, don't forget to tell your prospective employers about it. With job competition so high, you need to use everything you have to get a job and any experience will put you in front of many others. If you have enough to make a resume then you should definitely get one made up. Jobs for 17 year olds are going to be very competitive this year and this summer. If you want a job at your local mall, get going early and lock down that job if you can!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
15 and 16 year olds are the age when some kids start looking for jobs for the very first time. It is then that they get that much needed first job and some experience to put down on a resume. But now that the economy so bad, no one seems to be hiring young teens and they never have the chance to get the experience they will need later to get more jobs! That is the way it seems anyway.
It is a catch 22 right now and any teenager that is looking for a job for the first time is caught in the middle of needing experience but finding that few employers are willing to give it to them. Older teens are in a worse situation because they have had more time to have had prior jobs and employers will want to see something from them more than younger teens who are obviously trying to get their first job.
Looking for jobs for 17 year olds can be very discouraging in this environment and it will get you down if you let it. If you are one of the ones who doesn't have any work experience before now, you may be especially depressed if you keep getting rejected. Remember though, it is alright that you haven't worked before now. Many teens never get jobs because they are busy with school, sports, and after school activities.
If you don't have any job experience, tell your prospective employers or interviewers why you haven't. Not everyone who is young has time for a job and you shouldn't be made to feel bad about it. If you can tell an employer why you haven't ever looked for a job until now, that should be enough. Kids should be kids and there is no rule that 15 and 16 year olds should have jobs.
The fact that you are looking for a job at age 17 means that you are ready to work part time (or full time in the summer) and it is a good age to be looking for your first job. In fact, it is a very normal and average age to be seeking employment for the first time. Be yourself, be confident, and never make up stories or excuses why you haven't had a job before now. Don't let it get you down and keep on trying until you get one. Sooner or later you will catch a break. Good luck!
Friday, February 12, 2010
What about online jobs for 17 year olds? Is there such a thing and are there any jobs available?
The short answer is NO there are not any real jobs you can do online and get paid a real paycheck. At least none that I am aware of. You usually need to be 18 years old to do most of the things online but there aren't any "real" jobs there anyway.
That being said, there still is a legitimate way to earn money online and that is to sell your services.The first is best if you have skills in building websites or blogs. There are many people that make extra money by setting up blogs and websites for people and charging them for that service. Many adults don't have a clue about computers or anything online and so if you do have that kind of knowledge, you might be able to find people willing to pay for it. If you have experience with setting up hosting accounts and installing websites (either static HTML sites or blogs) there is a market for your services.
Another way to make money is writing articles for people. There are many people who own small websites (called niche websites) that will pay you to write 300 to 500 word articles for them. If you are good at writing, you may be able to sell your services at some of the online forums like DigitalPoint and the Warrior forum. Depending on your writing skill and what the person is willing to pay, you should be able to get at least $1.00 for every 100 words written. If you are successful at this you can sometimes get more business just by word of mouth from your satisfied customers who will tell others.
Graphic artists and designers make good money designing logos for people and headers for their blogs. If you are good with art and can traslate that to the online world, you can definitely make money by offering your design services. Again, you might go the different marketing forums and try to get business that way. First though, you will need examples of your work so that you can show what logos or headers you have made in the past.
Any online skill you have, there may be a market for it. The good thing about the Internet is that it is an easy way for people to connect with each other and by going to different forums, you can find out what people are looking for. You will probably need a Paypal account so that you can accept payment and get paid for whatever service you are selling.
Jobs for seventeen year olds are tough to find in the real world right now but the more you explore the online world, the more you may realize that there are opportunities there to make some extra money. If you are really good at selling yourself and what you do, it might even be able to replace that real job you are looking for. Good luck!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Seventeen year olds usually don't have very much job experience and you may think it will be hard to put a good resume together. However, if you ask your parents to help you, it may be easier than you think.
A resumes purpose is to tell the employer a little about you and it sort of summarizes who you are and what you have done. Any type of job you have had, from mowing your neighbor's lawns to real jobs, might be put on your first resume. You might also add any awards you have won or other accomplishments you have had in your life. The idea is to present yourself in the most honest and positive way you can so that any prospective employer will have something to remember you by.
Resumes are now often put online and there are several free job websites where you can do that. You should also hand a paper copy of your resume to whoever interviews you for any job. This will let them know that you are serious about getting a job and will also make a positive impression.
Jobs for seventeen year olds are going to be hard to find in 2010 and anything you can do to stand out from the crowd will help you get work. Having a resume is a smart step that you can do to give yourself the best chance possible.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Everyone who is looking for a job, whether they are an adult or a teenager knows how hard they are to find. During the winter months and holiday season, some new jobs opened up in retail and restaurants that you might have been lucky enough to get. During the summer, the same thing happens where some jobs will be available that are purely summer time jobs.
Knowing how difficult it is to find a job, it makes sense to get out and start looking early. If you start looking for summer jobs for 17 year olds right now, you will get a big jump on most of your peers. Wouldn't it be great to land a job before they even start looking?
In order to get a summer job now, you might have to take a job that starts right away or one that starts before summer begins. If you have that kind of flexibility, it will give you an advantage over students that are too busy to have a job during the school year.
If you choose to wait to look for a job until everyone else is also looking, you will be angry at yourself for not starting sooner. Getting out now and asking about jobs is the smartest move you can make if you are serious about finding jobs that are hiring this year. Make sure you stop in at the places you would like to work and ask about whether they will be hiring.
Even though you are only 17 years old, if you have a resume to give the store manager it will allow them to better remember you and increase your chances of getting called back for an interview. It is smart to start putting together a resume even if you don't have much job experience. You can always fill it with your school and after school achievements if you haven't had many jobs before.
Remember, the more effort you put into looking for a job and the sooner you start may mean the difference between you getting a job or going the whole summer without one.