Two of my greatest loves are writing and helping others achieve their personal and career goals. While these passions have always been present, it was a graduate internship that introduced me to résumé writing and career counseling and I was hooked. Over the last 17 years, I have written hundreds of résumés and helped countless individuals achieve the careers of their dreams.
I received my Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from Rutgers University. I am a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Psychologist, and hold over a dozen certifications in résumé writing, career and life coaching, job search, positive psychology, and positive parenting.
My professional background has included work as a psychotherapist, career counselor, university department director, and college instructor. In addition to running Colleen's Career Creations and Life Coaching with Colleen, I teach Counseling Psychology and Leadership Development courses at my two alma maters, the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education and Douglass College.
I'm co-author of the award-winning, best-selling Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories & Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking, 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People, Unleash Your Inner Magnificence, The Wisdom of Midlife Women 2, Book of Success, 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, scholarly psychology journals, and work featured in the Gallery of Best Resumes, 5th Edition. I also author the positive psychology blog Seeing All The Good, blog for the Huffington Post, and have been interviewed for and quoted in key online and print media including Forbes.com, CandidCareer.com, InspireMeToday.com, SuperChangeYourLife.com, and The Trenton Times.
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Rutgers University
Masters in Counseling Psychology, Rutgers University
Bachelors in Psychology, Rutgers University
Licensure & Certification
Certified Professional Résumé Writer, PARW/CC
Certified Professional Career Coach, PARW/CC
Certified Job Loss Recovery Coach, WCI
Certified JobsOver50/Boomer Authority Career Coach
Certified Professional in Online Job Search & Reputation Management, CDI
Certified Comprehensive Positive Psychology Coach, TCI
Certified Professional Life Coach, ICBCH
Certified Professional NLP Practitioner, ICBCH
Nationally Certified Psychologist
NJ Licensed Professional Counselor
Distance Credentialed Counselor, CCE
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist, AATBS
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, PDA
Certified Time Management Consultant, ER
Science of Happiness Certificate of Completion, GGSC-UC-Berkeley
Career Coaching Intensive Certificate, NACE
Management Development Program, Rutgers University
Business Supervisor Certificate, Rutgers University
Supervisor Development Program, Rutgers University
Leadership Development Certificate, Rutgers University
Coaching & Mentoring Certificate, CCMS, Inc.