I am in the bay area working with a pretty reputable startup and have over 15 years of experience being a java developer. My last review with my manager didn't go very well. I am pretty sure that I should be able to clear 90% of the job interviews in the bay area that I won't have any problems finding a new job. However I don't want to search for a new job while continuing working in my current position and also moving to a new position in the same company is out of the question. I had a few questions:
1. Given the current job market in Bay Area how much of an issue would it be I have resigned from my current position. So for eg. if I can clear 90% of the job interviews based on technical skills, how much will this percentage roughly fall down to.
2. What will be financial costs during the period I am job hunting. Obviously I won't get paid but how much will health insurance etc. roughly cost given I am a single guy.
3. If any of you have been in the same situation, I would like to hear about your interview and other experiences, especially how to answer the question as to why you left. I will prefer to tell them that I left because of very poor work/life balance which is is a fact in my current job.
I understand the answers will vary based on the area and the job market and that's why I will like to know from developers in the Bay Area with an understanding of the current job market.