#3 Create an Efficient "Office" Space

A separate room that's free from traffic is your best bet. However, if that isn't available, get creative. Use a bookshelf, desk, or other large piece of furniture to definitively divide a room, and appropriate the quieter half. Ask family members to respect your working hours and to keep their voices down during that time.

Once you have an official, quiet "office," equip yourself with the materials you'll need to look and feel like a professional. Ideally, you'll have a separate phone line (or at least one that younger kids won't pick up when you're not home), an answering machine, and letterhead. A computer and printer are also critical job-search tools

You'll be in your office for long stretches of time, so keep yourself as comfortable as possible. Make sure there's adequate lighting. Take stretching and fresh-air breaks as frequently as you need them to keep yourself productive while you're in your job-search "headquarters." In addition, many PIT members (especially those with young children at home during the day), regularly use the library as an additional source for quiet space. Libraries contain reams of helpful, job related information. Many also have computers with Internet access.

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