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Teachers College, 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.
 
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.

Social Media docs > Facebook Networking Job Search

Facebook Networking Job Search

Printable Versions:
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Standard PDF
 

Facebook ~ Networking/Search for a Job

 Networking

  • How to Get Started:
    • Name: Create an account with your real name. Do not include nicknames and/or unnecessary punctuations.
    • Photos: Have a simple, clean layout.  Choose a professional looking photo, and limit photos in general. You can also alter your privacy settings for your photos.  Do not put up pictures of parties, for example.  Instead include photos that are related to your job search, such as conferences you attend, etc.
    • Extra: Use minimal graphics, widgets, and applications. You don’t want to make your Facebook look oversaturated with these things.  It does not look professional.
  • Content
    • Links: Post links about current events and trends that are relevant to your industry. You will get consistent attention and comments.
    • Updates: Post status updates about you and your talents and interests. Write about what you are working on and what relevant literature you are reading; it will show that you are productive and interesting.  
    • Consistency: Be consistent with your updates.  Share links and post updates at least every other day, if not every day. It shows that you are serious about connecting and maintaining relationships.
  • Connecting
    • Rapport: Create and establish relationships by commenting and responding to links. Answer questions and give advice.  
    • Relationship: Some believe that face-to-face is still the best for meeting, even though the virtual world is a great resource.  Therefore, after establishing a relationship on Facebook, consider privately messaging a contact.  You can also join PostUp on Facebook, where you will find like-minded Facebook users for networking and job opportunities.
  • Industry
    • Find groups that are similar to yours.  See if the organizations you are interested in have a Facebook fan page or group.  You will gain useful knowledge through their updates and relevant links. Take part in the group’s discussions and gain exposure to others in the field and develop network contacts through these interactions.  Here are some examples of groups and fan pages you could join:
      • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
      • Chronicle of Higher Education
      • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
      • New York State United Teachers
How to Search for a Job
 
Market yourself and use your network to find jobs.
  • Information: Facebook “Info” tab can act as a resume. Make sure all your social media accounts are consistent with the same school and job information.  If you have a LinkedIn, Twitter, or e-Portfolio, you can add those to your Contact Information in the “Info” tab.
  • Status Updates: Use your status updates to keep your connections informed on your job search. For example, you can write “Graduating in three months with an MA in Higher Education and looking for a full-time position in a college/university in NYC.”
  • Notes: Use “Notes” on Facebook explaining your current situation, and tag your networking contacts. People can respond on the notes, post on your wall, or message you privately.
  • Messages: You can send messages to your friends letting them know you are looking for a job. Do not send a “mass message” because it will appear as if you are spamming.  Personalize them if you can and send it to those who you have a solid relationship with and can actually help you.
  • Groups and Fan pages: Follow groups and fan pages that post jobs:
    • CareerBuilder Healthcare Jobs
    • Simply HR Jobs

 

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