BarbellDreams wrote:I've gotten interviews with employers who specifically requested just a resume by sending...wait for it...just a resume. I always send specifically what they request, make sure that the email indicates I have transcript, writing sample and references available upon request, and write a bit longer intro email if no cover letter.
This. I've found that giving a person more than what they want just annoys them. If they're interested, they'll ask for more info or an interview.
Minor good news: A prof I like has a fair amount of contacts for me to talk to.