I'm going to try to pepper this with all the information you could need in the first post so people can start offering opinions immediately.
I'm seeking to relocate to New York City on my own expense. I currently live and work in Seattle as a web developer for a firm that makes websites. I communicate all this information to jobs I apply to in the cover letter and phone interviews.
I have a job applying system where every Sunday I scan the job boards and apply to anything in NYC that seems like a good fit. I've been doing this for about two months now. I do get responses from the applications, usually within a week of applying. I'll line up several phone interviews that week and go through the motions. I tell them I'm currently working and I'd like to secure my next employment first, then move to NYC. I'm willing to come to NYC for an in-person if it looks promising (haven't made it that far yet).
I'm getting pretty antsy to make this move, but its taking longer than expected to find another job. I'm posting here to see if maybe I should do anything different. Is living in another city a problem? Should I move to NYC first and then look for a job? I would love to blame the market but I see articles like this one, that suggest things aren't that bad (at least in this field).
Thanks in advance.