The searching process may be the longest, and most dispiriting, part of getting a new job, but don’t let it get you down. Turn the process into a project like any work-related project. Track your progress and measure your results so you can see how things are going.
Most of all, don’t rely on others such as employment agencies or job boards to find your job for you. Blind luck may well favor you with a fantastic opportunity, but you have to help yourself along the way.
I don’t recommend discussing your plans to leave a company with current co-workers, even if you’ve always commiserated with how much you hate the place. It takes only one loose-lipped colleague to accidentally say, “Yeah, Karen’s looking for a job, ...