My focus areas are résumé writing, interview preparation and career advising. Since launching Oliva Career Consulting, LLC in 2014, I have developed a portfolio of clients from multiple industries, experience levels and backgrounds. 


 One size does not fit all! Each client has unique career goals and supporting needs. Project proposals outlining suggested services, timeline and pricing are customized and based on an initial consultation and no pressure conversation.


I am a career storyteller who views each client project as a collaboration. We will work together to identify and articulate your successes. I am honored to have a client base that considers me a dedicated and  effective career partner. 


Résumé Writing

Based on deep dive conversations we will work to identify your unique talents and accomplishments. Your résumé should convey not just what have you done, but how did you get it done and what was the impact?

  • Full range of professional levels and industries
  • From simple updates to complete revisions
  • Cover letters , professional bios,  LinkedIn profiles and reference sheets too! 

Interview Preparation

A strong résumé can help land you an interview but it will never get you the job. That is up to you!  The interview is your opportunity to showcase your skills and accomplishments. It's also a great time to make sure there is a good fit between you and the employer. 

I can help you develop interview strategies, conduct practice or mock interview sessions and advise on interview follow-up. Interviews can cause worry and anxiety. Preparation and readiness can help alleviate that stress!

Career Advising

Career advising discussions are unique for each client and a focus area will be determined during initial consultation. 

  • Career Decision Making 
  • Self-Assessment
  • Job Search Strategies 
  • Networking Plans
  • Internship & Summer Job Search (for students)


I am a career generalist who enjoys working with all types of clients. Based on my 20 years in higher education, I love working with students and new professionals. I also work with managers and executives who have established backgrounds and years of experience.  My comfort level and expertise extends from entry level to CEO!

  • High School & College Students
  • Entry & Mid-level Professionals
  • Managers & Executives
  • Career Changers and Return-to-Workers
  • All industries and backgrounds 
  • All geographic locations.  I'm based in Central NY but work with clients all around the country. Thank you technology!

Process & Pricing

Initial Consultation

Initial consultations are a great way to see if you could benefit from résumé writing or career advising services. Initial consultations are complimentary and scheduled for no more than 30 minutes. During our introductory call, we will talk about your plans and  goals. 

Project Proposal & Client Agreement

After the initial consultation, I will draft a project proposal/client agreement specifying scope of services, estimated cost and a project timeline. If you decide to use my services, I will keep you updated on my project hours throughout the process. There are no hidden costs or surprises!  

Project Timeline

  • A detailed project timeline with dates will be determined with client and communicated via email.
  • Project completion for résumé writing is typically 10 – 15 days of the start date of project and dependent upon client providing requested feedback during project.
  • Failure to respond may result in delayed timeline or project termination and loss of deposit. 
  • Consultations are delivered via phone, email and/or Skype.


Résumé Writing:

High School Students: $175 

College Students: $225 

Entry Level (1-3 years): $275

Professional (3 plus years): A project timeline and cost of services will be determined after initial consultation and are based on estimated time to complete project. Proposed cost of services includes actual project work and phone/Skype consultations. Current hourly rate is $75.00.

Interview Preparation, Career Advising Sessions & All Other Services:

Customized packages will be determined after initial consultation and are billed at the current hourly rate of $75.00.


Note: Full terms are outlined in each client project proposal.

  • A client agreement form agreeing to scope of services, cost and terms must be signed and returned to Oliva Career Consulting, LLC along with deposit ($150.00) in order to initiate services. Deposit amount will be applied to final invoice.
  • Client may cancel service at any time during the project. However, no refunds are permitted once deposit and/or final payment has been processed. All logged project hours must be paid for by client if project is terminated before final completion.   
  • Client agrees to assume responsibility for the accuracy of all information and proofreading on final document.
  • Client agrees to assume responsibility for all personal actions and outcomes that result from services provided by Oliva Career Consulting, LLC. 
  • Payment is due upon receipt of invoice. Cash, checks and credit card are accepted as payment. Credit cards are processed via PayPal.
  • Oliva Career Consulting, LLC reserves the right to refuse services to anyone at any time for any reason. 



Colleen Oliva

I am the owner of Oliva Career Consulting, LLC and since launching the practice in 2014, I have worked with close to 100 clients from all backgrounds and experience levels.

I am an established career services professional who spent over 20 years in higher education where my focus area was in career advising and program management. 

I received my B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and M.A. from Boston College. I am certified to administer the Strong Interest Inventory® career assessment and I am a CultureTalk™ Certified Partner. 

From producing exceptional professional documents to crafting customized career plans, I strive to help my clients achieve career success and satisfaction. 

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What People Are Saying!

"Thank you for the home run on my resume. Every interview led to a job offer.  My transition from the USAF was better than I thought possible. The resume received praise from all the companies that interviewed me and got me in the door at several top 5% businesses and one 1% "best company" in the USA." Col (ret) USAF

"It was a great pleasure working with Colleen who had all the answers to my resume and career growth questions. I do not usually write testimonials, but in this case I could not resist. Colleen, is bright, hardworking, extremely pleasant to interact with and incredibly professional. I was hugely impressed. I have highly recommended Colleen to my colleagues and friends, who all shared the same positive experience as I did with Colleen. I will continue to leverage Colleen's expertise to my career development."  Information Technology Executive

 "Colleen was a pleasure to work with!  The finished product listed all of my achievements but was so well written that I found myself saying “wow, I’ve done a lot!” The first time I used my updated resume, I got a call within a day asking for an interview!" Non-profit Manager  

 "It was such a pleasure working with Colleen.  I never felt pressured into things I did not want and felt at ease from the first conversation/consultation with her.  She was extremely helpful and the quick turnarounds were much appreciated.  In fact, she was on vacation and still willing to help out and keep to the stated deadlines, most of the time completing well in advance.  Would highly recommend!" Information Security Engineer

"My experience working with Colleen was GREAT!  She is very knowledgeable, professional and totally down to earth.  She took some time to fully assess my situation and we put together a concise plan.  There wasn’t any “fluff”. Colleen got right to the point and made sure everything we were working on was of value to me.  Her expertise with skills/self-assessment and career goals/planning is extensive. I was unsure what I wanted to do next, stuck in an “IT-career mid-life crisis,”  but I knew it was not what I was currently doing. Colleen helped me to identify three areas of further thought and exploration and made me feel a lot more comfortable with my current situation.  It was a pleasure to work with Colleen in every way, her communication and attention to detail was outstanding.  She even identified my personality type and adjusted the work that we did accordingly.  Her personal approach meant the most, she knew I planned a vacation so she held off in providing the next step until AFTER my vacation – so I didn’t even have to think about it during my vacation.  Additionally, she went out of her way to offer to introduce a contact at a company that she thought I may be interested in. I believe she cares for her clients really enjoys helping them succeed." IT System Engineer

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Oliva Career Consulting, LLC

Fayetteville, NY

(315) 632-8305