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, March 19, 2010


Now that you are 17 years old, there are no hours restrictions put on you this summer when you get a job. You can work as much or as long as you want and you can work any hours during the day. This is different when you were younger and you were required by law to work only during certain hours.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour but you might legally make less if your job includes tips. Many waiter type jobs that are heavily dependant on tips do pay a lot less than minimum wage. Also, there are a few states (Alaska, Illinois, Oregon, and others) that have a minimum wage that is higher than $7.25 so you might make more depending on where you live.

Just because you are 17 doesn't meant that you can't make more than minimum wage. If you have experience and are good at what you do, you might indeed be able to make more. However, for the majority looking for summer jobs for 17 year olds, the $7.25 hourly amount is what you will be getting.

It appears that there are still more teenagers looking for jobs than there are jobs available again this year. 17 year olds will be up against more adults than younger teens because they can now apply for jobs that involve driving.

Many adults are frustrated as well about the bad economy and the lack of jobs which forces them to apply for jobs they wouldn't ordinarily want. So, if you are a 17 year old looking for a summer job, you may have to beat out some adults to get hired.

The sooner you start looking for work the more chances you will have to find something so start right now!

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