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, August 19, 2010


Well, summer is pretty much over and it is back to school time for teens. This summer saw few jobs for 17 year olds and many kids failed to get a job. It was a discouraging and frustrating summer in that regard.


That is because most teens are going to be heading back to school and quitting their jobs. All sorts of jobs that you couldn't get before will be opening up now!

If you are an older teen that can somehow manage a part time job and go to school at the same time, you should be able find a job easier now that school is starting. Most of your competition won't be looking anymore because they have to go to school and can't do both.

Now admittedly, this will only work if you have the time and the grades to handle BOTH school and a part time job. Not every teen can do that and not every parent will allow them to do that. So ask your parents first if you want to try to get a job after school or on the weekends before you go out hunting.

But if you can handle both school and a job, now is the time to really start looking. If you find a good job, you might even be able to hold onto it all school year and then next summer you will already have a job! Good luck.

Go to Snagajob to start your search online for the best hourly and part time jobs that are great for teens.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


It is already August and summer is almost over. It's hard to believe that time goes so fast but for those teens that have been looking for jobs for 17 year olds, maybe this summer has been a slow and discouraging one.

If you are one of those that hasn't found a job yet, please make sure you learn a very valuable lesson out of all this: nothing in life will be given to you and sometimes your situation will be very stressful and tough. Additionally as you have found out first hand, you are not entitled to anything and you must work hard to get ahead.

Not being able to find a job this summer is VERY frustrating. You are willing to work but no one will hire you and there just aren't enough jobs out there. It is a feeling of helplessness and at some point you might have even questioned whether you are good enough to get a job.

Not being able to find a job this summer was probably not your fault. This is one of the worst economies we have had in a long time and the unemployment rate is around 10% which is more than double what it normally is. So, many of you never had much of a chance and it took some luck or some good connections to find someone who would hire you.

It is important that you learn from this experience. Next year or next month if you keep searching, you should now have learned to take nothing for granted. Just because you want a job (and maybe even are qualified for it) doesn't mean you will get it. There are many things in life like this that will lead to disappointment so it is good that you are learning this early.

Jobs are sometimes hard to get even when the economy gets better and competition is always high. That is why finishing high school is important and going on to college will increase your chances of getting a better job down the road. Now that you have learned first hand how hard it is to get a job, school should look a whole lot better to you than it did before!