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Teachers College, Columbia University
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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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How to Get Started

To use LinkedIn to its fullest capacity, students, alumni, and working professionals alike must have a profile that is 100% complete.  Since LinkedIn is a summary of professional experience, interests, and capabilities that is designed to attract the attention of people searching online; creating a strong profile is key. To ensure that a users’ profile is 100% complete, complete the steps below:   For tips on how to create a profile, click here.

Create a Profile
  1. Craft an informative profile headline
    1. Design a short title about yourself which highlights who you are as a professional. Ex. “TC Student Interested In Curriculum Design.”
  2. Display an appropriate photo
    1. Save party or pictures with your best friends for Facebook and MySpace, instead upload a professional headshot.
  3. Show off your education
    1. Include all degree holding intuitions (or institutions you are currently attending). Include the institution name, degree program, and your major. If you studied abroad or received intuitional honors include them too.
  4. Develop a professional summary statement
    1. Using block text or bullet points create a professional summary. Like a cover letter it will highlight your goals, qualifications or skills you possess. Keep it concise.
  5. Fill your “Specialties” section with keywords
    1. Specialties are key words or skills a hiring manager uses in their search process. Use job descriptions or look at employee profiles that hold a job that interest you to pull specialties. A great way to determine what important key words should be emphasized in your profile is to create a “word cloud”. This tool allows you to visually determine which keywords are more strongly emphasized within a given document or series of text (see: 
  6. Update your status weekly
    1. Keep current, stay on peoples mind by updating your professional status weekly. Include professional books you are reading, projects you completed or professional development event you are planning on attending.
  7. Show your connectedness with LinkedIn Group badges
    1. Join your alma mater or the professional organizations to show your areas of interest. Badges could help you connect on common interest.
  8. Collect diverse recommendations
    1. Strong LinkedIn profiles have recommendations. Try to collect recommendations from every job or internship you held. Recommenders can be supervisors, colleagues or professors. Recommendations show hiring managers at an instant how you performed in other roles.
  9. Claim your unique LinkedIn URL
    1. Make your profile easily searchable by hiring managers by making your profile “public” and claim a unique LinkedIn URL. Use your personalized LinkedIn URL on your signature line so people can check you out on the spot.
  10. Share your work
    1. Display URL’s or LinkedIn Applications to highlight some of your best work. Include presentations, writing samples, research projects or your resume.


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