It's Monday morning and you're feeling bored, angry or sick at the thought of another week in your job. Before you decide to throw in the towel, ask yourself why you are so fed up. Is it because you are having to work unreasonable hours, or that you feel you are being passed over in favour of colleagues? If you like working for your present employer but think that you're not being given enough support, for instance, talk to your manager or human resources department before taking more drastic action – it may be all it takes to sort things out. But if things can't be changed, it sounds as if a move is on the cards.
The good news is that there are plenty of jobs around at the moment. Iain Dennis, regional director with recruitment consultant Hays Montrose, reports that they are currently registering around four times as many vacancies as candidates.
2. Polish up your CV
You've decided to move on. You'll need to bring your CV out of the bottom drawer, dust it off and make it work at selling you.
3. Start the job hunt
The first place to look is the appointments pages in Building and other relevant publications. But many jobs don't get advertised this way, so you need to try some more creative job-seeking.
4. Put in your application
Once you've found a job you like the sound of, get your application in as quickly as possible.
5. Prepare for the interview
Your hard work has paid off and you've landed an interview for your dream job. It may be weeks away but there are things you can be doing to make sure you are prepared.
6. Bowl them over
On paper, at least, the employer thinks you can do the job. One of the main things they will want to discover at the interview is whether you will fit in. It's also an opportunity for you to take a look at them.
7. Is it the job for you?
You walked through the interview and the job's yours if you want it. Before you accept, think it through. It's easy to be sidetracked into the wrong job out of desperation or because you're flattered to have been asked. Remember that good candidates are currently at a premium, so you don't have to rush into the first job you're offered.
8. Hand in your notice
Congratulations. You've got the job of your dreams. Now all you have to do is plan your leaving do. A final tip: if your boss was the problem in your old job, don't give into temptation and leave him or her off your guest list – you never know when you might need a reference or come across them again.