This was my strategy for getting out of my old (miserable)job. I told a big fat lie and was able to get a leave of absence. I am someone who does not like to up and quit, so I thought if I couldn't find a job I could always go back to Hell... er, I mean *shitty cable company tech support*.
So I got my LOA, and went straight to a temp agency where they almost immediately gave me a temp job making quite a bit more. I knew this job would not be for more than a month, and they were not hiring on.
So the entire month I have put out one application after another when by the grace of God (and my hard damn work :P) I managed to snag a job that 1) pays considerably more 2) has amazing benefits and 3) able to advance.
Now to be fair, I live in a city that is known for having a very good economy. So that was an advantage.
Careerbuilder was my BFF.
By the way, a few people at work said they get calls all the time from prospective employers when they put their resume on Monster.