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, February 24, 2010


One of the all time favorite places for older teens to work has been at malls. The movies have glamorized this as more times that not, when you see a teenager working in a movie, you see them at some job in a mall.

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!

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