If you live in Queens and the idea of a short commute really gets your attention, focus your job search on the borough. Here's a list of resources and companies that just might get you headed in the right direction. Think of all the time (and money) you'll save if you could find a good job close to home and not have to traverse miles and miles of NYC via the subway or the Long Island Rail Road just to get to work and home again. All the time you'd save would be almost like having an extra day off.
Use this job search engine for Queens (powered by Indeed, a job search engine) to find all kinds of local jobs. It's a general job search engine. Craigslist for Queens is always a good source of job offers, though you should be wary of scammers on Craigslist with offers that are too good to be true.
The innovative airline JetBlue, founded in 1999, has its home in Forest Hills, a short drive from John F. Kennedy International Airport, the airline's hub. Look here for jobs at JetBlue, Glaceau (aka Energy Brands) is the successful maker of Vitaminwater, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola, and based in Whitestone, Queens.
Long Island City is home to major operations for Citigroup and MetLife. Watchmaker Bulova is in East Elmhurst. Steinway & Sons in Astoria is one of the leading piano makers in the United States.
John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport (both operated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey) employ thousands. Companies that support airports employ thousands more. The Council for Airport Opportunities has a job board and can help you land a job in the aviation industry.
Queens is the borough of the small business. NYC's Small Business Services might help with your job search through the agency's Workforc1 job centers. It offers workshops on how to improve your resume and interviewing skills, offers job training and connects you to small businesses who are hiring. Among other services offered are supported by immigrants who want to be entrepreneurs and minorities and women who own businesses and services to help you start and grow a small business.
Kaufman Studios in Astoria, which dates back to 1920, makes major movies, independent films, commercials, and TV shows. If you got a job there you might see actors like Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep or directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola or Woody Allen. Silvercup Studios in Long Island City are major production sites for TV shows and movies.
Silvercup Studios, with two locations in Long Island City, Queens; and one in the Bronx, is the largest studio complex in New York City. It makes movies, TV shows, commercials and hosts teams for photo shoots. Some of the movies made there recently include "Julie & Julia," "New Year's Eve," "Date Night" and "The Devil Wears Prada."
Queens College, Queensborough College, St. John's University and York College are major employers who are looking for people with a wide range of job skills, from professors to human resources professionals, and development officers to campus security employees.