5. The follow up
Having sent your resume with your cover letter, make a list of the date and person you it to. After a week try calling the recruiter to enquire if they have received your resume and whether you could arrange a mutually suitable time to discuss. Its important to make a good impression by being confident on the phone, as this will be picked up by the interviewer. Be enthusiastic as well as professional.
You may be able to secure an interview by saying that you are going to be in the area. You could ask if you can see the department and try to sell yourself through your interest. Most of all, employers tend to admire initiative. You could go on to discuss about other job opportunities that meet your interest and skills.
Hurrah ! You have an entry and a chance to get the job. That's half the task completed.