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, March 29, 2010


Kids in high school today have pretty much grown up on computers and their level of knowledge exceeds that of many adults. If you are good with computers and the Internet, you might consider trying to make some money online by creating your own website(s).

Summer jobs for 17 year olds are going to be difficult to get this year and so you might start trying to make money on your own. Affiliate marketing is when you have a website about any topic and you put links on it to different vendors. If your readers go through your links and make a purchase, you get a small commission for sending them.

There are billions of websites on the Internet and there is a lot of money being made. With affiliate marketing you don't have to have your own product or deal with any shipping because you are selling someone else's product or getting paid to get people to sign up for things. It is something you can do in your spare time and although it probably won't replace a summer job, it can bring in some extra money.

Many high school students already have a website or might be thinking of creating one. You can buy your own domain (about $9.00) and pay for hosting (about $4 to $10 per month) or you can start out with a free Blogger blog. The advantage of paying for your own site is that you actually own the site while a Blogger blog can be shut down if you inadvertently violate their terms or they consider it spam.

Having your own website and building it up is a lot of work buy many consider it fun if you enjoy what it is about. You should make your website around a topic that interests you so that you can continue to write and add content. You might also consider making your website about something you can make money off of where there are people looking to buy.

Always a challenge will be trying to get people to your site. The best way to get targeted visitors is by getting your website or blog to the front page of Google for the search terms you desire. That way you continue to get free traffic to your blog day after day and you can then figure out how to make money off that traffic. Being only 17, you may need to have help from your parents signing up to some affiliate programs but not all of them.

One of the best affiliate programs out there is CashCrate. You have to be at least 13 to sign up so if you are seventeen you are fine. Money can be made by doing free surveys and offers but MORE money can be made by referring others to the site through your affiliate ID link. Many teens have blogs devoted to CashCrate and some are successful and some are not.

You need to know what you are doing to make money with affiliate marketing and a good place to learn is here at online surveys for money. That blog will teach you how to make money with your own blog and how to get visitors to it so they will sign up under you. Make sure you read that blog from the first post dated 3/3/2009 and read the posts in the order they were written.

No comments:

Post a Comment