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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Congratulations 2014 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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Social Media Guide

Printable Version

Social Media: A guide to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

 
Overview

Social Media is no longer optional for job seekers; it has become an integral part of career services offices throughout the country.  According to a 2009 Career Builder survey, 45% of employers use social media to screen potential candidates and this percentage is growing. These employers are looking to see students’ communication skills, professional demeanor, how well rounded they are, and skills and assets they may possess. Therefore, one of the most essential skills for the 21st century job seeker is an understanding of how to use social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  

Facebook

Facebook can be used to network with professional connections that students have made in the past, to enter into a dialogue with new connections, and to share a wealth of information.  Although many prefer to use Facebook for social networking, with the demographic of Facebook users changing, this trend has shifted.  The number of Facebook users over age 25 has significantly increased, ComScore reports an 181% increase in users in the 25-34 year old demographic and a 98% increase in those 35 years and older.  It is crucial for students and alumni to use Facebook correctly for professional networking.

LinkedIn

For students and alumni who wish to use Facebook for social networking solely, it is imperative that they use LinkedIn, the most professionally oriented social media site, for career networking.  LinkedIn, with 75 million registered users, is as great a networking and job search resource for those who are just starting a job search as it is for experienced professionals. 

It is a learning tool that allows users to establish new business relationships by joining alumni, industry, professional and/or other relevant groups affiliated with their current university/college, alma mater, industry and/or job function.  Through these connections, users pose questions, learn about resources, and share ideas with colleagues from other organizations around the world.  LinkedIn also allows users to research companies where they may be interested in working as well as find jobs, and determine where someone with similar qualifications has gained employment. 

Twitter

Like Facebook and LinkedIn, Twitter can also be used to network with individuals and companies. Similar to Instant Messaging, Twitter allows you to publish/post short messages. Unlike Instant Messaging, Twitter allows you to have an unlimited audience. Twitter is designed for one to share their interests, ask questions, and demonstrate ones skills and talents. Although Twitter does release the exact number of users, it is believed that somewhere between 3 and 6 million people use Twitter on a daily basis. Since Twitter is the newest form of social media, user numbers aren’t as high as Facebook or LinkedIn, however used correctly it can be an effective tool for learning about new job opportunities and getting yourself noticed when you are searching and applying for jobs. You can gain industry specific information by following career leaders.

If all these tools are used to their fullest capacity; students and alumni can network with classmates, faculty, friends, and family; find new opportunities for internships and full time positions; and manage what potential employers learn.  Effective use of Social Media will enable them to become a strong force in today’s struggling economy.

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