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, October 5, 2010


Every 17 year old should be aware of how hard it is to get jobs. Take a look at that unscientific poll on the right sidebar of this blog and you will see that more than half you have been looking more than 6 months for a job!

The Christmas shopping season will be here soon and now is the time to start looking for Christmas jobs in 2010. It may seem early being that it is only the beginning of October now, but you should have learned that you need to be one of the first ones out their hunting to get a better chance of finding employers that need help.

There will be lots of jobs for 17 year olds this Christmas and one of the best places to start looking is SnagAJob.com. They are the biggest online job site that specializes in exactly what you want: jobs that are part time and pay by the hour.

You should start your job search by looking through Snagajob to see what companies are hiring and what is available. However, you should also conduct your own job search by going from store to store, restaurant to restaurant, or where ever you want to work and personally asking about Christmas jobs. Start out by going to the places you want to work the most and ask for a manager. Ask him or her whether they are hiring or will be hiring for the Christmas season.

Going in person this early shows any manager that you are serious about finding a job and that you are thinking ahead. You should even have a resume with you to give them if you have one so that they don't forget you. While you might not be hired on your first visit, it is a great idea to go to as many places as you can and put "feelers" out. Find out whether they will be hiring, when they will be hiring, and what you need to do to apply and get accepted.

The more work you do now upfront before the job rush starts, the more chances you will have of getting hired somewhere. You know that there will be a lot of teens and adults out looking for jobs this holiday season. It is up to you to do your best to beat the crowd and get in early to secure your Christmas job in 2010.