Looking for interesting part-time work in NYC
February 20, 2014 6:57 PM Subscribe
Can you suggest particular jobs and places to look for jobs?
posted by unannihilated to Work & Money (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I welcome fun and creative suggestions in addition to the more serious ones!
I am a lady in my early thirties working full-time who is interested in getting an additional, part-time job.
My primary motivations for doing work on the side are, in order of most to least important: making money, making professional/personal contacts, learning something new, having fun.
My main job is Monday through Friday, roughly 9 to 5. I could work weekends, at most 1-2 weekday evenings, or something task/project based that I could work on whenever I wanted.
My bread and butter is social science/public health research. I've worked in this field for 10 years on a number of different projects at different institutions so I feel like I've done it all at some point: IRBs, literature reviews, human subject recruitment, data collection from human subjects, working with large, existing datasets (think federal government), hiring and managing research assistants, managing a lab, data cleaning, coding in different software programs, mapping/GIS, analysis (under direction), writing of various kinds.
As far as side skills/interests: Writing is great fun, and I actually thought about transitioning into a more writing based career like advertising or technical writing before I got my most recent position. I enjoy meeting new people. I'm physically active and spend time outside. I like books, fashion, animals, humor, eating. Of course also history/science/politics/news/travel. I'm not good with kids, make-up, alcohol, sports, or cooking. Novelty is good. Routine is bad.
I would have no problem trying out retail or the service sector, but I've never worked in these fields before so I haven't bothered to apply for anything, especially since it's my understanding that the most desirable jobs (fancy restaurants that would yield high tips, weekend shifts) go to people with experience. Is this assumption correct?
I think I'm familiar with most of the college-student esque ways to pick up extra dough (donating plasma, research studies, focus groups) but if anyone has specific suggestions. (Such-and-such place pays the best for quality plasma!) that would be lovely.
So, again, I'm looking for suggestions and feedback on particular types of jobs but also places to look for jobs. I'm familiarwith general resources like Idealist, but are there any New York specific websites that I should be checking out? Particular businesses and organizations? I checked out Craigslist, but it seems like the wild, wild West of gigs and part-time work.