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Teachers College, 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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LinkedIn – How to Guide

How to Search for a Job

Using the job tab on the top toolbar you can search for jobs in your industry or post opportunities at your office. As soon as you click on the tab you will notice job posting that you might be interested in based on your LinkedIn profile.Using the advanced search you can narrow your search by:

A LinkedIn job search will pull jobs that are posted directly on LinkedIn and those that are listed on other partner websites. Once you have found a job, you can apply directly through LinkedIn. In addition, LinkedIn will allow people to refer you for the position. If you find a position that isn’t for you but might interest a friend you can forward the posting from your LinkedIn Account.

How to Search for Groups

LinkedIn has an array of group pages. Groups range from alumni associations, current/past employers, volunteer organizations and professional development organizations.

Adding group pages to your LinkedIn profile allows you to stay up to date about the happenings of the organization as well as pose questions. By posting questions or responding to comments on a group page potential employers can see how you think and learn about your job related interest. There isn’t a group that fits your needs? Don’t worry you can create one and invite your contacts to join.

How to Network Successfully.  For tips on how to network professionally, click here

How to Add Someone to Your Network or Make Introductions

Adding contacts to your profile is the heart of LinkedIn. The more contacts you add the bigger your network becomes. However, you should choose your contacts carefully. Only add people that you know well (family, close friends, current/past colleagues, mentors and classmates). LinkedIn is not the place to add all of your new acquaintances as your contacts.

LinkedIn filters current/former colleagues and classmates so you can easily locate those individuals. In addition it filters out people you might know based on your current contacts, work and educational history, making it easy for you to locate connections.

Interested in connecting with someone one of your contacts knows? Simply ask your contact to connect you.

How to Conduct Essential Employer Research on LinkedIn.  For tips on how to conduct employer research,  click here
One of recruiters’ biggest complaints about entry-level job candidates is their lack of knowledge about an employer’s organization. Before attending a career fair, networking meeting, or job interview, you must do your homework. Here are some tips on how to use LinkedIn to research effectively and gain an advantage over your less-prepared peers.

How Recruiters Search for Candidates

With a LinkedIn Premium account recruiters can search for job candidates using a reference search. Hiring managers locate the reference search by going to the “contacts” tab on the main tool bar and click on the “reference search” tab. Hiring managers can enter the company name and years that the candidate worked at each company, the search results will return former colleagues who can potentially provide unbiased references.

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