Sunday, March 29, 2009

Resources to make (looking for) work and play a little easier

This post covers just a few of the many online resources that can make life a little easier in our current economy. Though written with job-seekers in mind, most of the things found here could be useful to just about anyone living or working in NYC (and in some cases, beyond).

Stuff to help you (find) work ...

Free WiFi:
  • For listings of places with free Wifi, check out Cup of NYC and this article from
  • JiWire also lists free WiFi locations, many of which you can utilize without freeling like you have to buy something (like public parks). I find this one particularly useful for it's map view feature.
Because you shouldn't have to pay to go to the bathroom:
If, while out around the town on your job search, you need a bathroom (but don't want to have to pay for a small soda at McDonalds to use one), NY Restrooms will help you find the nearest spot that's open to the public.

Coworking and Networking:

If you think you could benefit from the camaraderie, motivation, or possible inspiration and collaboration that could result from working in a shared space with others in a similar field or situation, try finding or starting a coworking group with the help of any of these resources: this Coworking wiki, the Google Groups Coworking group, Jelly, Meetup's Coworking NYC Group, or New Work City.

(Social) Networking:
There are plenty of networking events to be found online as well. Freelancer's Union has lots to offer, including a Networking Party coming up on April 15th (costs $10 and includes a drink). Meetup also lists many networking events.

Also, be sure to maximize LinkedIn and Twitter in your job search.

Other resources ...

  • One merchant is offering free dry cleaning for the unemployed with an upcoming interview.
  • Be on the lookout for free coffee at giveaways like this one from 8am-10am on Tuesday, March 31st at Toasties Union Square location.
  • It never hurts to search the New York City Craigslist "free stuff classifieds", especially since you can find things useful to your job search, like a free haircut.
  • And don't be too proud to clip coupons. If it was good enough for grandma, it's good enough for you. Find vendors in your neighborhood at 8 Coupons, and even have them sent to your phone weekly.

When it's time to reward yourself for all that hard work . . .

  • Find cheap (and sometimes free) drinks with NY Mag's Cheap Guide, Coovents, and My Open Bar.
  • See the upcoming art opening listed on Art Cat and Art Cards, many of which also provide free finger foods and beverages.
  • For free events, be sure to check out the listings on Flavorpill, Free NYC, and Brooklyn Vegan.
  • For a little less than $3/mo., you can join Club freeTime for listings of free events (though by viewing as a guest you can often get enough info to figure out the rest on your own).
  • And then of course you can always "Get Some" for free (condoms, that is) . . . Good lookin' out, City of New York.

Got other resources? Please share them!

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