About Vicky Oliver

Vicky Oliver, Author of books for millennials on careers and job-hunting

Vicky Oliver, Author


Vicky Oliver is an award-winning author of books on career development. Her savvy career advice has been featured in over 801 media outlets, including the front page of the New York Times Job Market section, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Associated Press (twice), LA Times, Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer (twice), Sunday Star-Ledger, Esquire magazine, Essence magazine, The Investment Professional magazine, and Bloomberg TV. She loves the radio medium and has been interviewed on well over 401 local and national radio programs.

Her first book, 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions (Sourcebooks 2005), is a national bestseller now in its third U.S. printing. It has been translated four times and is sold in twelve countries: the U.S., England, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, and China. It won the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award in the Business category. Her second book is called Power Sales Words: How to Write It, Say It, and Sell It with Sizzle (Sourcebooks, 2006). It was the 2010 How-To Runner-Up in the New England Book Festival.

Her third book, published in fall 2008, is called Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues (Sourcebooks, 2008). It won 9 awards, including: the National Best Books 2009 Award for “Best Business Careers Book;” an Honorable Mention in the 2010 San Francisco Book Festival in the Business category; an Honorable Mention in the 2010 New York Book Festival in the “Wild Card” category; and an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Hollywood Book Festival in the “Wild Card” category.

Additionally, “Bad Bosses” was both the 2010 International Book Awards finalist in the Business: Careers category and the 2010 International Book Awards winner in the Business: Reference category. After a few short months on the shelves, “Bad Bosses” went into its second printing.

Vicky Oliver’s fourth book, published in October 2010, is called 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions (Skyhorse Publishing). It swept the 2010 and 2011 award shows. It was the How-To Winner at the Paris Book Festival; the How-To Runner-Up at the London Book Festival; the Eric Hoffer First Runner-Up in Business; and the “Best Business: Career Book of 2010” in the National Best Books Awards. This witty but practical etiquette guide was also a Finalist at the National Best Books Awards for “Business Reference” and won Honorable Mentions at the L.A. Book Festival in both Business and How-To. Vicky Oliver’s fifth book is called Live Like a Millionaire (Without Having to Be One). (Skyhorse, 2015).

Vicky Oliver also gives spirited seminars on job-hunting, networking, and business etiquette for groups of 50 to 200 people. She has given a series of seminars at the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), the West Side Y in Manhattan, at Brown University, and at colleges and HR Conferences around the U.S. She was a panelist at the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), and at the Circle of Sisters Business Expo at the Jacob Javits Center. She was designated “in house job-hunting expert” at the Shomex Diversity Fair at Madison Square Garden.

Vicky Oliver is ever true to her schools. She is currently President of her class at Brown University and Co-Chair of the Reunion Gift Committee. She is also a Board Member of the Association of Class Leaders (ACL) Board of Advisors at Brown University and a Co-Chair of the Brown University Annual Fund Leadership Council.

In the recent past, Vicky Oliver was Chair of the Communications and Marketing Committee of the Brown University Alumni Association (BAA) Board of Governors; a member of the Maddock House Committee of the BAA Board of Governors; a member of the External Programs Committee of the BAA Board of Governors; President of the Brown University Club in New York (twice); Vice President (once), and its Secretary (twice). Today she is an Executive Board Member of the Brown University Club in NY and President Emeritus. She was also Vice President of the Trinity School Alumni & Alumnae Association (TAAA) and was the first woman to hold a leadership position on that governing body. Vicky is thrilled to be returning to the TAAA as a Board Member during 2016.

She is also Marketing Chair for the Historical Novel Society North American Conference in 2017.

Her writings and speaking engagement have put her in touch with over five thousand people in all different professions and in all walks of life: the employed, the unemployed, entrepreneurs, freelancers, retirees, college graduates, and people returning to the job market. She encourages people to contact her via email and can be reached at vicky@vickyoliver.com.

A Brown University graduate with a degree in English Honors and a double major in Political Science, Vicky Oliver lives in Manhattan, where she has dedicated herself to helping others turn around their careers and their lives.

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