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.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


One of the potential problems of getting a job while you are in high school is that it can interfere with your studying and after school activities. That is, if you get a job during the months that school is in session.

Summer jobs are great because you have lots of free time and probably need to earn some extra money. Most kids have time to kill and a summer job is a great way to spend part of it. But if you get a job during the school year, it can take away from what some consider to be more important things, like homework. It is often not advisable for students to have jobs during the school year because it will mean less time to do the things that kids should be doing like studying, having fun, and participating in different activities.

With this economy being so poor though, many families may need their 17 year olds to work if they can all year long. Any additional money they can bring in to help the family is very important, especially if one or more of the parents are out of work. It is a difficult time right now for many families and jobs are in high demand.

Completing your education seems to be the most important thing you can do when you are young and very few people would disagree with that. However, right now some 17 year olds are needing to work even during the school year just to make extra money for their Mom and Dad. Some kids may even be quitting school just to help pay the mortgage and put food on the table.

In years past, jobs for 17 year old students were most often sought because the kids just wanted some extra spending money. If that sounds like your situation, you should make sure your new job doesn't take away from you doing well in school. Your future is in your education and not the hourly job you have now. And if you need a job to help out your family, try to do your best at both your job and school. It is a tough time for many and all you can do is to keep your head high and work hard at both.

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