No matter how bad your day has been today, spare a thought for Peter Odemwingie’s. The West Bromwich Albion striker turned up at Queens Park Rangers last night on transfer deadline day in hope of getting signed to QPR. Sadly, West Brom hadn’t actually given him permission to talk to QPR so he was banned from Loftus Road.

Odemwingie must now go back to West Brom, where he’s been told by Chairman Jeremy Pearce that he acted “wholly unprofessionally” and that he should “accept the fact he remains under contract for a further 18 months and has to focus on his Albion commitments.” Slightly awkward.

He’s not the only player who’s acted ‘unprofessionally’ on transfer deadline day, though. When Paul Gascoigne was denied a move from Newcastle to Tottenham in 1988, he decided that the way to get what he wanted was to pull down his trousers, sit on the floor of the boardroom and shout “Want away! Want away!” until the board changed their minds.

Now I’m going to guess that most of you won’t be trying to transfer between Premier League football clubs anytime soon but you might be trying to change jobs. And as we mentioned yesterday when we wrote about HMV and those tweets, it really is best to try and act in a way that is professional when you’re doing this.

While that doesn’t mean you can’t be looking for a new job while you’re already employed, it’s also probably not the best idea to advertise the fact that you’re looking for a new job either. Being too open about your job hunt to your boss could lead to them penalising you at work, whether that’s just by giving you all the rubbish jobs to do, or by not putting you forward for promotion within the company where you’re already working.

That said, you could find yourself in a sticky situation if you’re lucky enough to get an interview for another job. You’ll have to decide what exactly you’re going to tell your boss about needing time off. Some people say it’s best to tell them the truth, that you’re going for an interview in the hope that they might be able to offer you a better job at the same company, but others think it’s best to keep it quiet until you know how the interview went.

One thing worth bearing in mind though is that potential new employers will want a reference from your old employer at some point. Some employers will want this before they interview you and some will want it before they are willing to make you a job offer. Either way, make sure you’ve spoken to your current employer before they get a request for your reference, it will sound a lot better coming from you, rather than coming from a new employer.