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.