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.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


It is July 2011 already and a big number of teenagers have been unable to find work. If you are one of them, have you asked your parents for some help?

When I was 17 my mom helped me get a job at a cafeteria. She knew someone who new of a job in a cafeteria and that is often the way things can happen. Your parents have totally different connections than you do and they might be able to get some job leads though people they know or work with.

Jobs for 17 year olds just aren't going to come knocking on your door at this stage. To get a job now you probably need help from someone who has an "in" with an employer or someone who happens to know of an open job. By getting your parents to ask around on your behalf, you will have more of a chance of making a connection with someone that can lead you to a job opening.

Many teenagers are hesitant to ask their parents for help, no matter what the situation is. They are too concerned about getting respect and looking like they don't need anyone's help. Sadly, many teenagers don't even have a good relationship with their parents for a variety of reasons.

But this is the time to put all differences aside and ask them for assistance. The economy is not going to get any better this summer and 17 year olds needing a job need to find one right away. Asking your parents to help in the job hunt is a smart thing to do even if it might not be what you want to do.