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Congratulations 2015 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.
Learn more

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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CV Writing Guide

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A Curriculum Vitae (CV) concentrates on academic pursuits and de-emphasizes materials not directly related to educational background and achievement. The content determines the length of the CV. The average CV is two to four pages for a young professional, and six to eight pages for a veteran.

A CV is appropriate for PhD's, MPhil's, MFA's, and MA's seeking teaching or research positions. Colleges, Universities and Research Institutions generally require a CV whereas others, including public and private schools, prefer a resume.

- Use Times New Roman. Use one font throughout
- Font should be 11-12 in size, your name 14-18

- Margins .8 to 1
- Do not use a table or internet format program

- No set length (recommend -- 5 pg max)
- Proofread for spelling and grammar
- Print on resume paper, fax on standard paper and email as a MS Word attachment
- Be honest -- never lie, stretch the truth or misrepresent yourself

Bold, Underline, Italicize and/or CAPITALIZE headings


  1. Name
  2. Contact information (address, telephone, email)
  3. Educational experience
  4. Relevant prior professional experiences
  5. Teaching experiences or competencies
  6. Publications
  7. Scholarly presentations
  8. Honors (both academic and research related)
  9. Relevant extracurricular activities

Identifying Information

Curriculum Vitae
Name (once you graduate, write Name, PhD)
address, phone number and email address

Include all doctorate, masters and bachelor degrees received; most recent degree comes first. Write out master and bachelor degrees.

Student Example (currently obtaining doctorate degree):
Ph.D. Candidate in Cognitive Studies in Education, Department of Human Development
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Anticipated Date of Graduation, May, 2008
Dissertation Defense Date: When you have this include date
Dissertation Title: When you have this include the title
Advisor: Jane Smith

Graduated (already obtained doctorate degree)
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Studies in Education, Department of Human Development
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
May, 2007
Dissertation Defense Date: When you have this include date
Dissertation Title: When you have this include the title
Advisor: Jane Smith

Masters of Arts in Industrial Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
May, 2005

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, (date is optional -- Month/Year)
New York University, New York, NY
May, 1999

If bilingual, include Sign-Language

Experience (separate by category -- Professional, Research, and/or Teaching)
Include - title, agency name, City/State and dates of employment (Month/year)
- Awards and Honors received - (can be listed as a separate section)
Job Title
ABC Organization
New York, NY
Month/Year -- Month/Year

For Research Experience only, also include
Supervisors Name
Brief Description of Study
Add bullets describing your responsibility (See: How to Write Your Job/Volunteer Responsibilities & Things you May Want to Include in Your Experience)

Grants and Fellowships
Use for Grants received and Grants written, but not funded (fine for a student/young professional)
Small Grants Division, National Institute of Mental Health,
#MH36998-03, Social Skills Training for Sexual Deviants,
$10,000, 1986-1987. E.Z.Dozit, Principal Investigator

Presentations and Publications (listed as two separate headings)
If submitted but not yet accepted or in progress say so
Start with the most recent
Use APA format, except use single-spacing

Landrum. R. E. & Murdnal, C. (2003, April). When the spelling of a name is reversed: Does Anyone Notice? Poster presented a the meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Reno N.V
Smith, T., & Murdnal, C. (2004). Assigning the appropriate (high) value to reaching. College Student Journal, 49, 521-529

Professional Activities
Continuing Education, Professional Workshops, Conferences

Professional Organizations
If you are still a member and if it is related to job you are seeking

Professional Qualifications
Certifications and Computer Skills

References available upon request
List on a separate sheet of paper

How to Write Your Job/Volunteer Responsibilities

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