Our Professional Resume Writers and Career Coaches 

Landing your dream job—with an organization whose mission, purpose, and values resonate with you and inspire you—takes more than a great resume. This is true even when the resume is written by the best of resume writers. It demands clarity of goals, keyword richness, and niche positioning. We will also help you build and leverage a network of advocates who will open doors hidden from other candidates.

How Your Team Gets You Interviews and Offers

To help you achieve your goal, the team of resume writers and the career coach that works with you on your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills, and strategy utilizes a personalized, multifaceted approach. Our resume writers ask questions to make sure we understand your goals and the value that you bring to employers. You career coach assists you in preparing for an interview. We apply marketing, search-engine optimization, personal development, negotiation, psychology, sales, and specific domain expertise, in addition to hypnotic writing and communication skills. Combining your ideas and ours enables us to create communications that attract enticing offers.

Your Secret Weapon

We are the only company that offers Interview Aikido™, our signature interviewing and networking system for making friends and influencing people to hire or refer you. Our video and in person training significantly enhance your efforts in preparing for an interview. Gone will be the days that you sat there and got grilled, nervously hoping you said what they wanted to hear.

We are also the top-rated professional resume writing service nationwide for USAJobs-style federal resumes and Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) essays. Our resume writers can help you get a secure job in the federal government, including in the Senior Executive Service.

Network with Our Inner Circle and HR Advisory Team

As a client , you will have exclusive access to our YES Inner Circle™ on LinkedIn. The members are former and current YES clients who share our founder’s belief that givers gain. Many may have worked or have contacts at organizations you are interested in. They can make introductions and share insight. You will also be able to network with the YES HR Advisory Team.  This group of senior active human resources executives at both public and private sector organizations advises us and you on hiring trends.

Our Guarantees

With these unique advantages over your competition—and the support of your YES advisory team—the question is not if or when but which offer you will accept. That is why, in addition to our satisfaction guarantee, our clients who get complete packages also get a job offer guarantee.

Our Ratings

Our team of resume writers and career coaches hold a 5-star rating on Yelp (counting the hidden reviews), Facebook, and Google, as well as an A rating on Angie’s List and an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau. We are the top-rated resume writing company nationwide for USAJobs-style federal resumes. We’d like to share how we’ll help you get your dream job!

Our Founder and Interview Coach’s Story

In my 30s, after two jobs in a row ended suddenly and I got divorced, I began and discarded three different lines of work in three years, as I struggled to regain my self-esteem and figure out what to do for a career. I felt like a failure. I thought, “All I want is to be a success. And if I feel like that, there must be a lot of other people who feel like that too. If I can use my writing and teaching gifts to help enough of them get what they want, I will achieve my success too.”

And one day in the shower in 2009, it came to me: the name Your Edge for Success, with the perfect acronym YES to reflect the delight you feel when you succeed. Over the next four years, my tutoring and writing

business morphed into a career success business, and today, I enjoy training our resume writers to write winning cover letters and resumes and coaching our clients to shine in interviews. One of my clients wrote, “As a result [of my work with Katherine and Michael], I am currently in a job that I absolutely love, and my confidence is at an all-time high.” And that’s why I would love to help you get your edge for success.

Our Career Strategy and Business Coach’s Story

Right out of graduate school, I found myself virtually a refugee in a country whose language I could barely speak. To survive, I had to master the art of guerrilla job hunting. I persuaded General Electric to hire me in Singapore and bring me back to the States.

Then in 2013, after I had returned to full-time employment in the IT business development field after 15 years as a successful software development business owner and then small business coach, I met Katherine on Match.com. She immediately captivated my attention with her businesslike approach to her personal life, intelligence, and warmth, and I volunteered to help her make her struggling business (with the coolest name) successful.

Together, leveraging the struggles of our own careers, we discovered what it would take to truly help someone get their dream job, and why it is critical to come from a place of compassion in helping professionals make the right transition. These values and commitments are reflected in the spectrum of services company provides today and the guarantees it offers.

 When the rapid growth of the company under my guidance threatened Katherine with burnout as she strove to maintain quality and personalized care for our clients, we focused on leveraging technology. We also developed an extensive training and certification program for our staff, enabling us to provide the quality of work we provide today worldwide.

Our Vision

A world where all people experience joy, fulfillment, and growth in their careers

Our Mission

To help job seekers, business owners, and employees determine what kind of work will light them up and to give them the strategies, marketing tools, inner game, and accountability they need to build a career or business they will love

Our Core Values

We promise to put people first and create win-win solutions.

We vow to deliver on our promises and meet or exceed expectations.

We believe in embracing diversity and honoring each person’s differences, empowering the disempowered.

We are committed to excellence in performance to produce outstanding results.

We are dedicated to personal and organizational development so that we reach new heights and depths of service to humanity.

We want our lives to be used for the higher purpose of helping people use their gifts to contribute to the world. 

Our Executive Team

Katherine Akbar

President and award-winning writer Katherine Akbar holds a BA in political science with high honors from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

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Michael Akbar
VP; Business & Career Success Coach

Michael Akbar holds a Certified Diagnostic Coach designation from Coaching Mentoring Training International. He is also a senior executive with extensive experience working in start-up, mature,

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Our Operations Team

Maggie Ramsey
Client Success Manager

Maggie received her bachelor’s degree at University of North Carolina—Greensboro and master’s degree at University of Tennessee—Knoxville, both in vocal performance.

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Laura Schleif
Client Success Assistant
Laura is a Wisconsin native who went to Wisconsin Lutheran College to study psychology and ended up with a bachelor’s degree in human services from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Mac Richard
Operations Assistant
Mac is a rising senior at James Madison University. He is working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in information systems and is on track to become a CPA by 2021.

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Top Resume Writers and Editors

Nathan Moseley
Resume Editor and Resume Writer

Nathan Moseley received his MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and his BA in English from Kennesaw State University.

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Aaron Gershowitz
Resume Editor and Resume Writer

Aaron honed his writing skills while pursuing a career in the nonprofit space, where he developed and managed programs that provided refugees with a path to a better life.

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Alisa Jackson
Resume Writer and Resume Editor

Alisa is a writer, editor, and musician with experience in both private and nonprofit organizations.

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More Top Resume Writers

Lisa Woo-Bloxberg
Resume Editor and Resume Writer

Lisa has more than 15 years’ experience as an editor in the high-tech industry. She earned her bachelor's degrees in English and journalism at California State University, Northridge. 

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Ivan ​Dragoun
Resume Writer

Ivan has worked as a public relations and marketing writer, as well as educator, since getting his bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

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Dylan Moran
Resume Writer

Like the YES pres, Dylan holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, as well as an MBA from the Berry College Campbell School of Business.

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Even More Top Resume Writers

​Emily Roberts
Resume Writer

Emily loves to write and edit resumes that make employers reach out for interviews. As an occupational therapist at Madonna Rehabilitation, she is used to finding creative solutions to client needs using her keen eye for detail. As a member of the Peer Interview

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Angela Roe
Resume Writer

Angela is a writer and editor with experience in the education and publishing sectors. Angela has served in a variety of roles, including developing a high school journalism curriculum for an online education company and teaching ninth-grade English in her hometown.

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Krystal Spurlock
Resume Writer

Krystal’s experience with writing and interviewing began in the classroom. As a high school English teacher and ntervention specialist, Krystal has trained young writers with varying skillsets for over 15 years.  In addition, as a volunteer, Krystal has hosted yearly resume-writing

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HR Advisory Team

Jamal S. Baadani

Jamal S. Baadani is an award-winning recruiting executive and a retired U.S. Marine senior non-commissioned officer.

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Kristen Bell, SHRM-CP

Kristen Bell is an HR director and Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) with over 20 years of HR leadership in the technology industry.

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Patrice Dascenzo

Pattie is a trusted advisor with over 20 years’ experience delivering strategic HR programs that address business and operational needs in the healthcare, insurance, and legal services industries.

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HR Advisory Team

Tamika Mitchell, PHR, SHRM-CP

Tamika Mitchell is the acting chief HR officer for Universal Service Administrative Company. She holds a master’s degree in HR and counseling from the University of Bridgeport and has over 10 years of HR and organizational development experience.

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Renata Sandham, PHR

Renata Sandham is a senior HR leader with over 10 years of experience in HR policy and management. Ms. Sandham has special expertise in international recruitment and employee retention.

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Anita Simmons

Anita Simmons is an HR executive with more than 25 years of experience. For the past 15 years, she has been vice president and senior vice president of HR.

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HR Advisory Team

Andrew Sylvia, PHR, SHRM-CP, CEAS

Andrew Sylvia is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) with over 20 years of experience managing staffing needs, optimizing HR policies, and maximizing employee productivity.

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