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Teachers College, Columbia University
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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.
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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_Tips and Samples > Cover Letter Writing Guide: Letter of Inquiry

Cover Letter Writing Guide: Letter of Inquiry

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Cover letters are letters of application that supplement and accentuate information on the resume.  They should be written with the reader’s interest in mind.  Direct particular attention toward specific skills and use concrete examples.   

Letter of Inquiry

A letter of inquiry is sent to explore employment possibilities when you are interested in working for a particular organization but do not know if an opening exists.  Target an employer’s needs by researching the organization to obtain information about jobs for which you are qualified.  Refer to the specific aspects of the organization’s work that interest you (mission, culture, clients/students, etc).  Include this information in a separate paragraph.  


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Use the same heading that is on your resume or CV

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Street Address or PO Box #
City, State, Zip Code

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Dear Mr./Ms________:
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Start the letter by introducing yourself and explain concisely why you are writing.  Tell the employer how you heard of the organization.  Be specific: tell them that the organization was listed on TCCS LINK.   If you were referred by someone, include that person’s first and last name.  Let the employer know the degree you will receive or received, the graduate school you are attending or attended, the type of license/certification you will be eligible for or have, and that your resume is attached. 
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2nd Paragraph: 
Describe your interest in the field and organization. Show that you have researched the organization and the industry. Make it clear why you think you are well qualified for this type of work. State what you want to learn in the informational interview.
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3rd Paragraph 
Talk about yourself. Highlight your relevant experience, achievements and qualifications. Include two or three of your skills that relate to the positions within this organization and how the population will benefit from these skills. BE BRIEF!  Do not include any personal information.
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4th Paragraph  (Closing Paragraph)
Thank the employer for his/her time.  Include your phone number and email address (same contact information listed on your resume) and note that you have included your resume.

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