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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


If you are a seventeen year old and know that you will need a job this summer, believe it or not you should start looking right now! That's right, even though it is the middle of winter and the coldest weeks are here right now, you need to start looking for that summer job right away.

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.