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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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Resources-Tips and Samples > Dress Etiquette

Dress Etiquette

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Make a good First Impression

·         An employer will form an initial opinion based on your appearance and behavior before you even speak People size you up in a very short time, in 3-5 seconds                                                                                   

·         First impressions influence the way the interviewer perceives all subsequent information about you and can have a strong effect on the rest of the interview                                                                                               

·         Dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual


How should I Dress

·         Understand of the standard dress code by industry. 

o   Research organization and industry to evaluate the most appropriate standard. A suit is always recommended.  If you feel that is too formal for your industry dress business casual.

o   Review the website

o   Speak to alumni/networking contacts

·         Check out the website

·         Know the corporate culture

·         Consider the type of position you are applying for


Dress for Success


Business Attire

·         Suit ~ It is recommended that the suit be grey, blue, or black

·         Skirts ~ Formal and knee length or just below.  Be conscious of how your short your skirt is when you sit down

·         Paints suit ~ Are appropriate for interviews with less conservative organizations.

·         Blouse/Sweater ~ Wear solid colors or subtle patterns that are white, ivory, or light blue.  Avoid low cute, lace, ruffles, and shiny fabrics

·         Shoes ~ Choose basic, conservative black pumps.  Low heels are recommended (2 1/2” at most).  Closed toe and heel

·         Accessories ~ Jewelry should be minimal and  appropriate for population


Business Casual

·         Skirts ~ Knee length or longer. Be conscious of how your short your skirt is when you sit down

·         Pants ~ Should be well tailored and not tight.

·         Blazer ~ Wearing a blazer creates a more professional look.  Choose a solid shade or subtle design

·         Shirts/Blouses/Sweater Set~ You can be creative, but use discretion, avoid anything low cut.   Soft pastels and subtle patterns are best.

·         Shoes ~ Should have closed toe and heel.  Avoid very high heels (2 ½” at most). Style and color must match outfit

·         Accessories ~ Jewelry should be minimal and appropriate for population


Hair, Makeup and Perfume


·         Should be simply styled and not draw attention

·         Bangs are okay, but should not cover eyebrows

·         Avoid hair styles which excessively cover the face

·         Avoid spiked, gelled or unnaturally colored hairstyles


Makeup and Perfume

·         Be conservative with makeup. Should not be noticeable and should match complexion

·         Consider avoiding perfume, since interviewer may be allergic



Business Attire

·         Suit ~ Mid to dark colored with a light to mid blue shirt (white creates a more formal look).  Other pastels are ok.  Wear a silk tie that coordinates with suit and shirt.

·         Shoes ~ Clean, polished and black. Burgundy or brown are fashionable, but a little risky for an interview

·         Belt ~ Should match shoe color

·         Socks~ Coordinate with suit.  They should be same shade or a shade darker and solid or with a subtle design


Smart casual

·         Khakis or slacks ~ Darker colors are dressier

·         Sport coat or blazer ~ Choose a jacket in a solid shade or a subtle design (no bold, bright patterns or colors)

·         Casual Shirts ~Long-sleeved button-down with a solid pastels or small subtle patters.  No black.

·         Sweaters ~ Sweater alone or under a sport coat is a great look add a tie for a touch of elegance


Attention to detail is critical

1)      Clean and polished dress shoes are imperative

2)      Suit, shirt and skirt should be clean and pressed

3)      Hair should be well-groomed

4)      Make sure fingernails cleaned and trimmed

5)      Avoid perfume (some people are allergic)

6)      Avoid flashy jewelry and watches. Keep it simple

7)      Well-brushed teeth and fresh breath are a must

8)      Finally, check your attire in the rest room just before yourinterview

9)      Make sure you are ready for the moment


Final Tips

Shop Smart 

·         You do not need to buy several suits for different interviews at the same company, you can wear the same suit twice just wear different a different shirt, tie, jewelry, and/or scarf each time

·         You do not need to spend a fortune - Start by looking at higher-end stores to look at interview wardrobe possibilities, but when you are ready to buy something and money is tight, head for the outlet stores

·         Use a portfolio or briefcase to bring your material to the interview. Not a backpack.

·         Turn your cell phone off

·         Do not chew gum, eat or drink during the interview



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