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.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Looking for jobs for 17 year olds? If you have been looking through all the "jobs for teenagers" websites hoping to find some real job leads, you are probably very disappointed.

There is a lot of advice out there and a lot of useless fluff but very little REAL help finding jobs that are hiring. You don't need tons of advice, you need a place to go that has REAL companies that have REAL jobs that are open. Right?

By far the best free place online to find real jobs for 17 year olds is Snagajob. You can find a part time (or full time) job there in or close to your city by following these steps.

1) First put in your zip code. That will bring up a list of all the jobs in that zip code and probably a few in the neighboring zip codes.

2) Narrow down your search by clicking the city (in the right drop down box) where you live or want to work. This will then just show the jobs in those locations.

3) There is also a drop down box on the left where you can pull up all jobs for each company that has jobs in your location if you prefer to do it that way.

4) Now is the hard part. Since you are under 18 years old, you need to find the jobs that will take anyone older than 16 year olds. Most jobs will require you to be 18, so you have to manually find those that will take 17 year olds.

4) Look for job titles like cashier, team member, customer greeter, and merchandise support. These are often the ones that DON'T require you to be 18 and so those would be the jobs you would want to apply to. Jobs that have "manager" in the title are the ones that you will rarely qualify for.

5) You will need to click on each job you are interested in and read about the job. Somewhere in the description it should give the age requirements. Some of the companies that hire 17 year olds are Sears, Pizza Hut, KMart, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and others.

6) Make sure you sign up to SnagAJob (it is 100% free) so that you can get more information about each job and apply right there online.

Snagajob is the best place online for teens who are serious about finding a job. You can find some good jobs in your city and the surrounding areas if you take the time to go through all the opportunities.

No longer is there a need for you to surf the Internet trying to locate some jobs that you might be able to get. Snagajob is all you need with all the part time and hourly jobs right in one place.