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.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Many of you 17 year olds are having one heck of a hard time finding jobs. No matter where you look you find that there are no jobs open or there is so much competition that it seems hopeless.

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!

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