How does it work? I would really really like to get out of my current state ( of misery oh wait I mean Missouri) and move somewhere a bit more liberal. I graduated last year and I was hired at my current job (web design and software support) the week after I graduated, so I've been here a bit less than a year. I'm currently in the process of applying for several different jobs in another state (Colorado) but I'm unsure what I can do to make it clear that I'm a serious candidate.

I've seen elsewhere that a lot of companies won't even consider out-of-area applications, unless the person is so stellar they couldn't turn them down. I don't really know how great of an applicant I am—I don't FEEL that special, but at my current job I get a lot of positive reviews from clients, coworkers and my boss. I'm pretty good at writing resumes and cover letters, so I think I could maybe spin my experience and talents in a good way, but I really don't know if they'll see one job under my belt and a year out of school and I'll go straight into the "no" pile. (Also, this isn't my first job, I've actually worked retail since I was a freshman in high school, so I'm not sure if having work experience, period is good, or if anything not associated with the job you're applying for gets dismissed.) The jobs I'm applying for are similar to my current position, but in a different industry.

Also, in the event that I get a job there, does anyone know of any type of moving calculators? Like, an easy estimator for how much money it will take you to move all your crap from state A to state B?

I might just be looking for someone to hold my hand and tell me that they'll love me...but advice is very very welcome, as well!