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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 > Cover Letter Writing Guide: Salary Requirements

Cover Letter Writing Guide: Salary Requirements

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A letter of salary is a statement regarding the salary or the salary range that you would accept for the job. Unless specified by the hiring manager, you should default to using a range rather than stating a specific amount. This leaves the door open for negotiation and shows that you are flexible. A salary history is a list of your starting and ending salaries for all of the jobs listed on your resume. You salary history does not have to be to the exact dollar, but it should be as close as possible.


You should only write a letter of salary if you have been requested to do so by the hiring manager. Between the time you receive the offer and you accept the job, you have the most negotiating power.  As a result, if you are going to negotiate for a higher salary, you should do so right after you are offered the job. That being said, you need to determine the appropriate salary range for the job you seek.  This information should be included in your last paragraph.  For example: Per your request, an acceptable salary range for this job, based on the description and my research, is $xx,xxx-$xx,xxx, not including benefits or supplements.  My requirement is flexible and negotiable, depending on such factors as additional benefits, salary reviews, and advancement opportunities


It is important that you have done your research when you determine an appropriate salary range. To do so you will want to be familiar with the organization’s typical salary range for that particular job in addition to their usual benefits package. Second you will want to do some market research and determine what similar organizations offer for that particular job. To learn more about what that job pays at other organizations, you look them up on the organizations website or use a salary wizard which allows you to calculate a range. 

***Additional salary wizards as well as additional information regarding how to negotiate your salary can be found with in the Salary Negotiationdocument on the TCCS Website in the Resource section under Tips, Guides, and Samples in the TCCS Career Development Resources section. 



Use the same heading that is on your resume or CV

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Street Address or PO Box #
City, State, Zip Code

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Dear Mr./Ms________:
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1st Paragraph:  State why you are writing by identifying the position of interest.  Tell the employer how you heard of the opening or organization.  Be specific: tell them that the job was listed on TCCS LINK.   If you were referred by someone, include that person’s first and last name.  Let the employer know the degree you will receive or received, the graduate school you are attending or attended, the type of license/certification you will be eligible for or have, and that your resume is attached.  
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2nd Paragraph:  Include a sentence that introduces your overall areas of expertise which illustrates that you are qualified for this position (this sentence can also be included as the closing sentence of your first paragraph).   Indicate why you are particularly suited for this company and this position by reviewing the job description.  Highlight your relevant achievements and qualifications.  Elaborate on key points from your resume without repeating your resume word-for-word.  Be specific by providing examples from your current and/or past work experience, volunteer experience, academic, or training.  Avoid “I feel" and "I believe” phrases.
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3rd Paragraph: Include two or three of your skills that relate to the position and how the population will benefit from these skills. State your salary range. If you salary and benefits package is negotiable indicate that information this paragraph.  Be careful with your tone, you do not want to appear as if you are stating a demand, you want to keep the tone conversational. Let the employer know that you are available for questions about your background and experience.  Thank the employer for his/her consideration.  Include your phone number and email address (same contact information listed on your resume)

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