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, August 25, 2011


It is probably true that it is harder to find a job when you are 17 years old than when you are an adult. That can be for a variety of reasons including a lack of experience, maturity, education, and employers hesitancy to hire teenage workers. But one thing is the same for you now that will still be the same for you as an adult: IT TAKES HARD WORK TO FIND A JOB NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE!

A lot of people put their resumes up on job sites like Monster, Job.com, Snagajob and others and then sit back and wait. THAT IS THE WRONG APPROACH. That might work if we had very low unemployment rates but right now with them being so high, you have to go to the jobs and not expect them to come to you!

When looking for jobs for 17 year olds, you need to do everything you can to find them and apply to them. That might include:

1) networking (means letting everyone know you want a job)
2) sending out resumes
3) scouring online job boards for openings and ideas
4) studying the companies you are going to apply to
5) starting to learn job interview skills
6) learning how to always be upbeat and positive
5) and generally working your butt off

Hopefully the economy will someday turn around making jobs easier to find. But the lesson you are learning now that job hunting is NOT easy and TAKES A LOT Of WORK is a great lesson to remember when you get older. Jobs are valuable and everyone wants and needs them. They will ALWAYS be competitive and should never be taken for granted.