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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Congratulations 2014 Graduates!!

Did you know that as an alumnus, you can continue to utilize Career Services?  To review a list of services offered, click here

Do you want to stay connected to what is happening in TC Career Services and the Columbia community? Join the TCCS Alumni Listserv to receive emails about upcoming career development workshops and panels, webinars, employer information sessions and current career opportunities. You will receive weekly updates during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, along with special announcements.  Click here to subscribe.


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Welcome to Career Services

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) is committed to guiding all TC students and alumni throughout the different phases of the career development process. Whether you are entering a new field, advancing within your current profession, or changing directions, we will help you identify and develop the skills and resources needed to achieve your career goals.

TCCS Employer Relations:

The employers connect to highly talented TC students and alumni in the fields of education, psychology, health and international educational development. Our employer relations staff can maximize your recruitment efforts by understanding your immediate and future hiring needs and developing targeted recruitment strategies.  It is the educated way to go!  We welcome your partnership and long term interest in our students and alumni.  Upon hiring from TC, please share with us your hire information by clicking here.

Services Offered

TCCS can assist you with your career development throughout the duration of your time at Teachers College and when you become an alumnus.  Start you career development  journey today.  Schedule an hour long career counseling appointment to help you make informed decisions about your career goals: take an assessment test, learn job search tips, and schedule a mock session for interview preparation.   Have your resume, cover letter, and curriculum vita (CV) reviewed electronically or come in for a 15 minute walk-in.
 

Join the Alumni/Student LinkedIn Networking Group

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University LinkedIn Group
Connect with TC alumni and fellow students, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, and learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events.

ATTENTION: This group now serves as the new TCCS Alumni Mentor Program.  The former Alumni Mentor Program housed in TCCS LINK is no longer accessible.  The transition to this group will significantly enhance your overall networking opportunities!  Click here for more information on joining this group!


TCCS Programs & Events

Throughout the fall and spring semester, attend a workshop to learn how to write a resume and to negotiate your salary. Attend an employer information session to learn more about an organization you are interested in pursuing. Come to a panel to hear from TC Alumni who are teachers working outside of the classroom or who have advanced their education by getting a doctorate degree.
 
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NACE Job Choices Magazine now in digital format on the TCCS Website

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences. NACE Job Choices Magazines are now available in digital format. Magazines feature job-search advice and interview tips, sample cover letters and resumes, links to employer websites, and more! To view, go to the Resources Section on the TCCS Website and click on Publications.

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Resources > Social Media

Social Media

Social Media is no longer optional for job seekers; it has become an integral part of career services offices throughout the country. According to a 2009 Career Builder survey, 48% of employers use social media to screen potential candidates and this percentage is growing. These employers are looking to see students’ communication skills, professional demeanor, how well rounded they are, and skills and assets they may possess. Therefore, one of the most essential skills for the 21st century job seeker is an understanding of how to use social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
 
Social Media: A guide to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
 
Social Media: Top Ten User Guidelines
 
  • Job Search Using Facebook
     

    Facebook

    Facebook is a social networking tool that allows users to add friends, update their profile, and join work or school networks.  Friends are users with an account with Facebook, and can only be added by request.  Users can also send and post messages to their friends, create events, and be a part of groups and games.

    Facebook currently has 500 million active users, 50% of whom are on Facebook daily.  An average user has 80 fan pages, events, and groups that they are a part of.  In total, people spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.  Facebook is more complex than Twitter.  Issues about privacy settings and transparency are more intricate. The current Facebook user must use discretion on what to put up and what not to put up. 

    In terms of professional networking, privacy issues are important.  Employers have started screening for potential employees through Facebook. It has become a digital space where employers can get to know you and your personality. Therefore, it is essential to draw a line between your personal and public life.  If you have a current account with a lot of personal information, consider creating a separate account for professional use. However, you can also opt to streamline your current Facebook. If you have a Twitter account, consider connecting both accounts through Hootsuite.  This will ensure that your posts are consistent with each other. 
     
  • Job Search Using LinkedIn
     

    Benefits of using LinkedIn

    Overview

    LinkedIn is a professionally oriented social media site used for career networking. With more than 150 million users, LinkedIn allows you to exchange information, ideas and opportunities with other people in your field. Used effectively it can be a great tool for networking and job searching for both recent graduates and experienced professionals.  It is a place where individuals connect with job-seekers, and where broad cross-industry groups can collaborate to figure out the hottest trends in the professional world.  

    Benefits of using LinkedIn

    Used correctly, LinkedIn conveys the same information as a good resume and establishes an entire host of relationships that cannot be targeted using traditional job search methods. 

    • It is a learning tool that allows users to establish new business relationships by joining alumni, industry, professional and/or other relevant groups affiliated with their current university/college, alma mater, industry and/or job function. 
    • Through these connections, users pose questions, learn about resources, and share ideas with colleagues from other organizations around the world. 
    • Users can research companies where they may be interested in working as well as find jobs, and determine where someone with similar qualifications has gained employment. 

    LinkedIn: Getting Started
    LinkedIn: How To Guide
    LinkedIn: Do's and Don'ts

     

    LinkedIn How-To Checklists

    Build A Professional Profile
    Conduct Essential Employer Research
    Network Professionally

  • Job Search Using Twitter
     

    Overview of Twitter

    Twitter is a social networking tool that enables people to create accounts and review other accounts.  These accounts allow users to post and read short messages called tweets, either publicly or privately.  Those who subscribe to others’ Twitter accounts are called followers. Twitter is the fastest growing social media site. Between 2008-2009, Twitter grew at an astounding 1,382%.  It is a simple tool that can help you in your job search and networking pursuits. You can connect with companies, organizations, and contacts within your area of interest. Read bios of whom you are following, and those who are following you, to get insight into their interests

    The great thing about Twitter is that there is less pressure than other social media sites. There is no hassle over photos, personal information, etc.  All you need to do is follow and be followed. You can tweet daily through your computer or smartphone. Setting up an account is easy! Go to Twitter.com and create a username and password. You can also download the application on your smartphone and tweet away. If you have a Facebook account, consider connecting both accounts through Hootsuite. This will ensure that your posts and tweets are consistent with each other. It is also a more manageable way to keep track of your posts.
     

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