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!