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, February 16, 2010


If you have spent anytime in the past months looking for a job for 17 year olds, you have found out that most employers want experience. The problem is that you can't get a job in the first place to get that experience!

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!

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