Your Edge For Success YES

Your Edge For Success YES

5.0 (5)
14 employees
7 years in business

About this pro

We are the DC metro area's top-rated career success company on Google, Angie's List, and the Better Business Bureau. The owner is an award-winning writer, and the company received the Angie's List Super Service Award in 2016 and 2017. On average/median, our clients get interviewed by 5 organizations, contacted by 10 recruiters, and get an offer for 9% more in 6 weeks. Please learn more or request your free phone consultation at

I love giving our clients specific feedback on what they are doing well and what they can do better (and how) in their interview coaching. I love editing resumes to sell clients the best we can. And finally, I love hearing from clients who have, as a result of working with us, found work that feeds their souls and/or greatly improves their standard of living.

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Alexandria, VA 22312
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5 Reviews


  • Aric E.

    Working with Your Edge For Success was an amazing experience. Each conversation was laser focused and specifically targeted on my professional growth strategy. I followed the coaching tips from each session and as a result, I was able to secure a promotion on my job!

  • Amir M.

    If you are in need of professional resume writers and career coaches, don’t look anywhere else. YES offers all you need! I started my job search after being out of market for almost 10 years. My resume needed a serious update given all I had accomplished during my long tenure at my previous company. I did a lot of research and contacted different resume writing services. YES company was different from all the others, not only in the sense of their professional approach and the great job they did updating my resume, but also in the sense that unlike many other places, you get to have 1:1 interaction with their staff. I chose their Career Strategy Rocket Fuel package, which is really worth every penny. From the initial call with Abbie to updating the resume, from updating the LinkedIn profile to the mock interview with Katherine, everyone acted very caringly and professionally. The entire process was very well planned and went smoothly. The sessions with Michael and his advice and recommendations are very informative and valuable. Although I have used all my sessions with Michael, both Michael and Katherine still call me to follow up on my progress. This is something that you won’t get anywhere else. YES really cares. Many thanks to the professional and talented YES team. I would highly recommend YES and their dedicated staff. You can get a free phone consultation at their website,

  • Michelle S.

    Honestly, I had no idea how to transform my resume into an effective one, which can land me a better job. At first, we encountered a delay due to an oversight from YES but Katherine Metres Akbar was quick in her response and assigned me a new writer, Nathan Moseley. Kudos to my writer! YES deserve an A+ rating for their excellent customer and resume service. When my resume and LinkedIn profile was delivered, I was very happy with the write-up and how executive level looked. This is beyond my expectation and I will surely recommend YES services. Thank you very much!

  • Lucas P.

    I contacted YES when I began applying to positions and needed my current resume updated. My experience working with the team was simple and straightforward. Discussing critiques and adjustments about my resume with the writers/editors were smooth. They provided me with a professional resume and tips on how to go about my job search. After putting out my new resume, I noticed an increase in the number of recruiters contacting me and attribute that to the help and services of YES. Overall, I had a positive experience and would recommend their services to anyone job searching or looking to advance their career.

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We start with a free 30-minute phone consultation to understand your needs and goals. We explain our offerings and facilitate your purchase if and when you are ready. We sign a professional services agreement with you and provide you access to our proprietary resume tool and/or a personality test and meeting with our coach. If you are getting a resume, we assign you to a writer once your worksheet is complete. That person asks you 20-30 questions to improve the content and targetting of your documents. We send you drafts five business days later (or sooner if you need a rush), and then you have 30 days to get any needed edits. If you are in coaching, you may first work with the coach to get clear on which direction you want to go. The coach will work with you throughout your job search to create and coach you on implementing a job search plan rooted in networking.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Michael Akbar, our career coach, has been named a Certified Diagnostic Coach by CMT International. He has over 40 years of experience in sales, marketing, IT, and entrepreneurship (as a business owner and business coach). He specializes in helping people determine what they want to do and then coaching them through the process of getting it. 

I oversee the resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn team and personally provide interview coaching. For the editing tasks, I use my skills as an award-winning writer who has coauthored two books and over a dozen magazine and journal articles. For the interview coaching, I use my skills as a teacher and tutor, as well as my acting experience, to provide a realistic mock interview experience and helpful feedback. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Our coaching services run $149 to $189 per hour, and most sessions are provided on a half-hour basis to make your investment go farther. Our clients typically get the job done in 8 to 12 half-hour sessions plus an hour-long mock interview.

How did you get started in this business?

I, Katherine Metres Akbar (owner and president), struggled for a decade to figure out what to do career-wise. I became an expert in writing resumes and cover letters that marketed my varied background for different types of jobs. I realized that most people want to be successful and happy in their careers, and that if I could help them attain success, I would attain mine as a byproduct. YES started as a tutoring company and morphed into a career services company due to resume-writing service demand. We still consider ourselves primarily teachers who coach our clients to successfully manage their career.

What types of customers have you worked with?

We have worked with all types of customers, from college students to retirees. We have worked with people in diverse fields: IT, data analysis, management, administration, law, accounting, real estate, construction, healthcare, marketing, sales, writing/editing, human resources, international development, public service, and many more.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

-Make sure you are working with more than one pro. No one mind can be as good as two or more experts strategizing on how to sell you best.

-Work with a company that understands your local marketplace. 

-Work with a company that offers a satisfaction guarantee so you don't waste your money.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Do you know what type of position you are targeting? If not, would you like coaching to get clear on that? How good is your LinkedIn profile? Your interviewing skills? Your network?

Services offered

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