Help us improve
Office of Career Services
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

Skip to navigation menu

Skip to main content

TC tower

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.

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.

International Education Development Panel

Come meet and network, as well as hear from panelists who are professionals and alumni in the field of international education. They work at a variety of organizations, including AFS-USA, Save the Children, Institute of International Education, and private consulting.

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time:
6-8PM

Location: 179 Grace Dodge Hall

Register for this event on TCCS LINK.

Resources_Tips and Samples > The Reference Page

The Reference Page

WHAT IS A REFERENCE PAGE?

Your Reference Page should be a one page document with the same letterhead as your resume and cover letter. It will list 3-5 references in order of preference (whom you would prefer to have contacted first to whom next and so on).

 WHO SHOULD ACT AS MY REFERENCE WHEN AN EMPLOYER REQUESTS REFERENCES?

Before your first job application or interview you should prepare a list of 3-5 references who can attest to your work. You’ll want to contact each of these references to alert them to your job search, request their participation as references, and confirm their contact information. You do not need to ask the most senior or recognized person in your organization to be your reference, rather your references should be the supervisors, colleagues, professors and associates you have worked with on a regular basis who can best attest to your work. Each time you deliver the list of your references to a potential employer you should contact each of your references to let them know the type of job you’ve applied for and why, so they may act in your best interest to represent you clearly when contacted.

WHEN SHOULD I DELIVER MY REFERENCES?

Employers are almost always required to check references before hiring. Sometimes the job posting itself will request submission of references along with your cover letter and resume. At other times, you may not be requested to give the employer your references until you have completed one or several interviews. In each case, wait for the employer to request your references before giving out this information. This practice maintains respect for your references; you are not revealing their contact information unless necessary.

DO I NEED TO REFER TO MY REFERENCES ON MY RESUME?

You do not need to refer to your references in any way on your resume. Simply include your reference page with your documents when applying to the job (if, in fact, it is requested at that time) or whenever the employer requests them.

A sample reference page

Your Name
Address
Phone / email

 

REFERENCES

 

Name of Individual (include Mr., Ms., Dr.)
Job Title
Organization
Address
Phone and or email

 

Mr. John Smith
President and CEO
Riverside Consulting
281 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10128
212-888-8888 / smith@riverside.com

 

Ms. Mary Mannor
Supervisor, Content Group
Riverside Consulting
281 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10128
212-883-3333 / mannor@riverside.com

 

Dr. Rose Suede
Assistant Professor, Humanities
Paul College
2010 North Meadow Drive
New York, NY 10128
212-999-9999 / suede@paul.edu

Return to Top