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, October 31, 2011


Today is November 1st 2011 and although Christmas seems reasonably far away, it is really right around the corner: especially if you are looking for a job this holiday season.

Remember that the Christmas buying season starts big time right after Thanksgiving but there is a lot of increased buying now all through the month of November. That means retail shops and restaurants are really kicking up their hiring RIGHT NOW! If you wait, you might miss out.

Finding a job has been hard in 2011 but the months of November and December are the one time you KNOW that employers are hiring, at least in the retail and restaurant sectors. Now is the best chance you will have of finding work. You may only find something that is part time or maybe that is all you want anyway. Regardless of what you are looking for, now is the best time of the year to get out there and find work.

Great jobs for 17 year olds this time of year can be found by going to Snagajob. They have all the employers that hire teenagers and you can get a good start by going there. It is free so you don't have to worry about paying and if you have a resume you can submit it online right at their site. You can also use Snagajob to get a good idea of what companies are hiring and what types of jobs they are hiring for.

The first two weeks of November will be when most employers hire the bulk of their holiday staff. If you have been frustrated this year with job searching (and who hasn't?) now is the time to get out there and get hired!