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.

Monday, May 16, 2011


McDonald's in Europe is going to be installing touch screen computers in many of it's restaurants that will allow people to order and pay without ever talking to a real cashier. This is similar to the quick checkout machines we have in American supermarkets where you can scan your own items and pay for them by inserting cash or credit card into the machine.

This shows that as technology advances, all jobs that can be automated will be in the future. Customer service is getting harder and harder to find now days with these touch screens substituting for real people.

Who is hurt by this new trend to replace people with computers?

Teenagers and young workers are one group that is hurt tremendously as they are the ones that are often hired for cashier jobs. If you are looking for jobs for 17 year olds, one of the jobs you CAN get and CAN get hired for is a cashier job at any one of the fast food chains. This disturbing news and trend of replacing people with computer touch screens will directly take jobs away from teenagers.

While this story just involves the European McDonald's for now, you know that if it is successful there it won't be long before a similar system starts to appear here in the United States. If that happens, it will mean even fewer jobs for 16 and 17 year olds who need to find summer work.

What will be next? Will they someday replace the workers behind the counter who make the burgers and shakes with machines as well?

For now though, teenagers who are still looking for a summer job at McDonald's or anywhere else should go to Snagajob where it is free to sign up and look for work.