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.

Monday, February 1, 2010


If you want to get a step ahead of your fellow students in the job search in 2010, having a resume is one of the ways. When you are looking this year of jobs for 17 year olds, being able to give an employer a resume will make you stand out over most of your competition.

Seventeen year olds usually don't have very much job experience and you may think it will be hard to put a good resume together. However, if you ask your parents to help you, it may be easier than you think.

A resumes purpose is to tell the employer a little about you and it sort of summarizes who you are and what you have done. Any type of job you have had, from mowing your neighbor's lawns to real jobs, might be put on your first resume. You might also add any awards you have won or other accomplishments you have had in your life. The idea is to present yourself in the most honest and positive way you can so that any prospective employer will have something to remember you by.

Resumes are now often put online and there are several free job websites where you can do that. You should also hand a paper copy of your resume to whoever interviews you for any job. This will let them know that you are serious about getting a job and will also make a positive impression.

Jobs for seventeen year olds are going to be hard to find in 2010 and anything you can do to stand out from the crowd will help you get work. Having a resume is a smart step that you can do to give yourself the best chance possible.

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