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.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


One thing you should make sure of when you are choosing possible jobs is that it won't interfere with your school. Having a job is great, especially now when they are so hard to find, but all teenagers should remember that going to school should be their first priority.

It might seem that school isn't that fun or won't benefit you that much. It might seem that having a job and making money is a better alternative and it won't matter if your school grades or activities suffer. But remember, any job a 17 year old can get is one that doesn't pay well and probably doesn't have much of a future. For instance, do you want to spend the rest of your life mixing shake a an Orange Julius in the mall or waiting on people behind a counter?

Getting an education should almost always be your first priority. Right now that might be hard to understand with the economy being so bad and families experiencing hard times. Perhaps you need a job to help out your family and if that is the case then there is not much you can do other than try your hardest at both school and your job.

However, if you are working just because you want extra spending money, remember that your education is what will ultimately be the most valuable to you. You need to get good grades and try to get into college, whether it be a small local college or a bigger one away from home. You mustn't let your job hurt your chances later in life.

Jobs for 17 year old high school students should be ones that allow you to ample time to study and participate in school activities. Part time jobs with a lot of flexibility are what you might want to look into so that you get the best of both worlds: working and staying in school!

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