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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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Top Resume/CV Mistakes

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It’s easy to make mistakes on your resume/CV and very difficult to repair the damage once an employer has your resume/CV.  Here are the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

  1. Typos and Grammatical Errors
    Your resume/CV needs to be perfect from a grammatical standpoint.  If it isn’t, employers will read between the lines and draw not-so-flattering conclusions about you.

  2. Lack of Specifics
    Employers need to understand what you’ve done and accomplished.  Take the following for example:
    1. Worked with employees in a restaurant setting
    2. Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant resulting in $2 million in annual sale

    Both of these phrases could describe the same person, but clearly the second one’s details and specifics will more likely grab an employer’s attention.

  3. Attempting One Size Fits All
    Whenever you try to develop a one-size-fits-all resume/CV to send to all employers, you almost always end up with a resume/CV employers will toss in the recycle bin.  Employers want you to write a resume/CV specifically for them.  They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.

  4. Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments
    It’s easy to slip into a mode where you simply start listing job duties on your resume/CV.  For example:
    1. Attended group meetings and recorded minutes
    2. Worked with children in a daycare setting
    3. Updated departmental files

    Employers, however, don’t care so much about what you’ve done as what you’ve accomplished in your various activities.  They’re looking for statements more like these:

    1. Used laptop computer to record weekly meeting minutes and compiled them in a Microsoft Word-based file for future organizations reference.
    2. Developed three daily activities for preschool-age children and prepared them for a 10-minute holiday program performance.
    3. Reorganized 10 years’ worth of unwieldy files to make them easily accessible to department members.

  5. No Action Verbs
    Avoid using phrases like “responsible for.”  Instead, use action verbs:  Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk in order to serve 4,000 students and staff.”

  6. Leaving Off Important Information
    You may be tempted, for example, to eliminate mention of the jobs you’ve taken to earn extra money for school.  Typically, however, the soft skills you’ve gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.

  7. Visually Too Busy
    If your resume/CV is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache.  So show your resume/CV to several other people (including Career Services!) before sending it out. 

  8. Incorrect Contact Information
    Double check even the most minute, taken-for-granted details – sooner rather than later.
(Top Resume Mistakes Adapted from the Zicklin School of Business Graduate Career Services and
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