Let me tell you my sad story of how jobs for 17 year olds aren’t necessarily great preparation for college….UNLESS…. you keep reading and learn from my experience.
When I graduated, I happily waved good-bye to my high school job and excitedly packed my bags and moved hundreds of miles away to go to college.
I had enough in my bank account to pay tuition and a couple months of rent. I figured I would easily find some part-time job to help me after that. But I was wrong.
I perfected my resume and polished my cover letter. I handed out 10 or 12 resumes and then realized that I was surrounded by thousands of other college students who also needed to make money. So, just to be safe, I handed out 20. But that wasn’t safe at all.
Over the space of 1 month, I handed out about 40 applications. I thought, surely, out of 40 applications, I’d get at least one phone call.
Guess how many calls I got.
A whoppin’ zero.
Why does this matter for 17 year old jobs? You are going to be glad you waited for the answer.
Places that hire at 17 AND 18 (and 19 and 20)
During my high school job, I built good rapport with my employers. They would have loved to transfer me if there had been a store three states away in my college’s town. But….
There wasn’t. So, they didn’t. Sucked for me.
Here’s the cake:
If you are looking for jobs that hire at 17, you may want to give high priority to franchises (a franchise is a brand that has stores all over the country. For example, Target, Taco Bell, Forever 21, ect.). Why franchises?
If you are jumping into the job-search shortly before you are about to move away (whether or not you go to college, you will probably be moving out within the next couple of years), you may want to favor the jobs that could go with you. To see what I mean, answer this question:
You’re looking for summer jobs for 17 year olds and both Wal-mart and Beau’s Boutique offer you a job. You are planning to move to a neighboring city, Springfield, next January to be closer to the community college that has the program you want to take. Think about this:
You really like the clothes at Beau’s! But… there is only one Beau’s Boutique in the world. There are at least two Wal-marts in Springfield. What do you do?
If you work at Beau’s, you might be able to get a couple of cool jackets at a discounted price to take with you to Springfield….where you will be broke.
You could take the less-glorious job at Wal-mart but continue to work all throughout your constant semester-end moves between Springfield and home. Because of the constant income, you can afford to shop at Beau’s whenever you want.
Have I convinced you yet?
P.S. They are not all fast-food!
So what are those franchises?
Trust me, you are opening options, not limiting them, by considering franchises when looking for jobs for 17 year olds.
I am sure you could think of a few if you just spent a minute thinking of places you have seen in your city, the city where your Grandma’s lives, and all the random cities you drive through on road trips. Here is a list of places to help you think:
- Department Stores (places you see in malls)
- Technology (computers, cells phones)
- Grocery Stores and Supermarkets
- Service Businesses (carpet cleaning, disaster restoration, commercial cleaning, flooring, painting)
- Dessert Places
- Fitness Centers
- Gas Stations
- Fast Food
- Slow Food/Restaurants
- Packaging & Mailing
- Gift Shops
- Packing & Moving
This list may feel overwhelming. So follow these steps:
- Choose one or two items from the list above that you think you might enjoy.
- Make a list of all the stores that fall into that genre in your city that you can think of that might offer jobs for 17 year olds. If you live in a very large city, list the ones that are near you.
- Go to Google: Check out the “Locations” tab on the websites of each business you have written down. If they have a location where you want to move, star it, and submit an application.
- See what happens: If you don’t get much response, you are probably choosing the more popular choices. Check out Snag A Job to see what franchises are offering jobs for 17 year olds in your area. Or, try a different genre on the bullet list and try your luck again. Someone will be hiring.
- Make sure you are a hire-able kid. This blog will give you some important pointers.
Jobs that Hire at 17, No Matter Where You Are
You now have hundreds of ideas of where to apply for 17 year old jobs, broken down into bite-size pieces.
If you don’t like the idea of franchises, but still want a job you can take to college with you, read about how to start a babysitting business as a 17 year old or peruse our 200+ ideas for how to make money online.
Let me know how it goes! And good luck to you in your exciting new adventures as an independent, money-making, young adult!