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, January 22, 2011


So many jobs require you to be eighteen years or older and that makes it very difficult for teenagers to find work. So, if you are looking for jobs for 17 year olds, it helps if you can find out what companies have jobs for workers that are under 18.

I have gone through the available jobs on Snagajob and this is partial list of the bigger companies that hire 17 year olds along with the job titles in parenthesise of the available positions:

Burger King (Team Member, Shift Coordinator)
AM/PM (Crew Member, Assistant Manager)
Applebee's (Host/Hostess, Line/Prep Cook, Server)
Arby's (Crew Member)
Bed Bath & Beyond (Cashiers)
Bojangles' (Team Member)
Boston Market (Crew Member)
Chic-fil-A (Day Time/Evening Team Member)
Cracker Barrel (Cooks, Servers, Host/Hostess)
Dairy Queen (Cooks, Crew Members, Cake Decorators)
Domino's Pizza (Customer Service Representatives)
Dunkin' Donuts (Crew Members, Shift Leaders)
Golden Corral (Cooks, Line Person, Prep Person)
Hardee's (Crew Members)
Jiffy Lube (Lube Technician)
Kmart (Cashier, Loss Prevention, Replenishment)
Luby's Inc. (Food Attendant, Cashier, Waitstaff)
Marshalls (Merchandise Associate)
Pizza Hut (Team Member, Server)
Sears (Cashier, Sales Associate, & many more)
Sonic Drive-In (Cooks, Carhop/Skater, Drive Through)
Steak n Shake (Servers, Drive Through, Grill, Fountain)
T.J. Maxx (Sales/Merchandise Associate)
Wendy's (Crew Members, Shift Leader)

These are just SOME of the companies that hire 17 year olds and you can find them all and many more on Snagajob. It is free to sign up with Snagajob and in many cases you can apply right there online. At least you can get a great idea of all the different businesses that hire 17 year olds and you can start applying to the ones in your town or city.