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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Columbia University

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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.

ACCESS ONLINE RESOURCES THROUGH MY TC PORTAL

The web’s more complete resource for career management and job search information
Access to complete Insider Guide library and the inside scoop on more than 1,000 companies, careers, and industries, along with videos and tips.
Going Global - Leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting, and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country.
Resources_Tips and Samples > Cover Letter Writing Guide: Specific Job Opportunity

Cover Letter Writing Guide: Specific Job Opportunity

Printable Version 

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.  Make sure you clearly stated why you are interested in the company, what you have to offer, and how you can contribute. 

Letter for Specific Job Opportunity
This letter is written in response to a specific job within an organization, which has been advertised or identified through networking. 

COVER LETTER GUIDELINES 

Use the same heading that is on your resume


2 spaces
Date

 

4 Spaces

Name
Title
Organization
Street Address or PO Box #
City, State, Zip Code

2 Spaces

Dear Mr./Ms________:

1 Space
1st Paragraph:  State why you are writing by identifying the position of interest.  Tell the employer how you heard of the opening or organization.  Be specific: tell them that the job 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.  
1 Space
2nd Paragraph:  Include a sentence that introduces your overall areas of expertise which illustrates that you are qualified for this position (this sentence can also be included as the closing sentence of your first paragraph).   Indicate why you are particularly suited for this company and this position by reviewing the job description.  Highlight your relevant achievements and qualifications.  Elaborate on key points from your resume without repeating your resume word-for-word.  Be specific by providing examples from your current and/or past work experience, volunteer experience, academic, or training.  Avoid “I feel" and "I believe” phrases.
1 Space
3rd Paragraph:  Include two or three of your skills that relate to the position and how the population will benefit from these skills. Let the employer know that you are available for questions about your background and experience.  Thank the employer for his/her consideration.  Include your phone number and email address (same contact information listed on your resume)

 2 Spaces

Sincerely,  


3 Spaces
Your Name Typed

 
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