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Top Resume Writers and Career Coaches

Based in metro Washington since 2012, Your Edge for Success YES LLC provides the services of top resume writers and career coaches to individuals and organizations. The 8-year-old boutique company offers job transition services, outplacement, and business coaching. We hold a 4.5–5-star rating on Yelp, Facebook, and Google; an A rating on Angie’s List; and an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau.

History

Founded in Chicago in 2009, Your Edge for Success initially provided education as well as writing services. Today we not only provide services but also empower our clients with targeted training in how to get what they want.

How We Help

Our top resume writers and career coaches ask questions to make sure we understand your goals and the value that you can provide to your employers, customers, or clients. Combining your ideas and ours enables us to create communications that attract new job offers or business.

Network with Our HR Advisory Team

The most important elements in determining the right company to assist you with your career or organizational goals are experience and training. Unique among local resume and career coaching companies, YES has an HR Advisory Team that helps us keep up with hiring and outplacement trends. Clients can also network with them and get their opinions in our private LinkedIn group, the YES Inner Circle. Check out our top resume writers, career coaches, and support staff:

Our Executive Team

Katherine Akbar
Katherine AkbarPresident

President and award-winning writer Katherine Akbar holds a BA in political science with high honors from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor andRead More

a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is a contributing author of Seeing the Light: Personal Encounters with the Middle East and Islam and has published academic papers in the Michigan Journal of Political Science and the Michigan State Journal of International Law. She received the Virginia Voss Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing in two categories – Journalism and Academic Writing.

After serving as a U.S. diplomat in Africa and Italy, Katherine worked as a human rights professional in the Middle East, where she won $3M for grant projects she developed and wrote. As executive director of a civil rights non-profit in New York, Katherine did extensive public speaking. Katherine’s nine years’ teaching and tutoring experience and two years’ professional acting experience also enable her to provide mock interview services and coaching. She ghost wrote the five-star-rated Success: Tales from the Front by Darnell Palmer. Katherine supervises all services and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Newly wed to Michael Akbar, Katherine is planning a family. When not working at YES, Katherine can be seen acting on area stages and screens.

Michael Akbar
Michael AkbarVP; Business & Career Success Coach

Michael Akbar holds a Certified Diagnostic Coach designation from Coaching Mentoring Training International. He is also a senior
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executive with extensive experience working in start-up, mature, and growth business environments. He has a unique blend of sales, marketing, and operations experience in the IT, manufacturing, services, and federal sectors, as well as nonprofit board of directors experience. Michael spent 11 years as an entrepreneur coaching business owners to break through their barriers to success. Throughout, he has demonstrated strong communications and process skills, offering strategic and tactical leadership during significant transitions. Newly wed to the pres (aka “jefe”), Michael specializes in keeping Katherine sane as well as dreaming up ideas for YES’ expansion.

Abbie Mansel
Abbie ManselClient Success Manager

With 10 years’ experience in customer service, Abbie enjoys helping people quickly solve their problems. Abbie has worked as a photo technician, a beautyRead More

advisor, and a consignment specialist. She is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in mass communication. Originally from Kansas—sans ruby slippers—Abbie is excited for new adventures in the DC area. In her free time, Abbie enjoys cooking comfort food and watching Netflix with her beagle, Peaches.

Our Resume and Operations Team

Naiyin Yu
Naiyin YuOperations Analyst

Naiyin received her Ph.D. in computational biophysics from Brandeis University and moved to the D.C. area in 2015. She has six years’ codingRead More

experience, and she’s interested in employing statistical methods to analyze industry, business, and market data to help YES run smoothly and grow. Naiyin loves swimming and running. She hopes to run in the Boston Marathon one day and then jump in the Charles River to celebrate.

Nathan Moseley
Nathan MoseleyResume Editor and Resume Writer

Nathan Moseley received his MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and his BA in English from Kennesaw State University. He has worked asRead More

a translation editor for LUMINA Journal and WatchingAmerica.com. His fiction has appeared on The Other Stories podcast, and his first poetry chapbook—A Mouth Full of Feathers—came out in 2012. When he’s not writing or editing, Nathan can likely be found doing one of the following: playing the piano, getting lost while hiking, watching his friends run ultramarathons, or devising ways to visit the Galapagos Islands with his wife.

Sharon Kimel
Sharon KimelResume Editor and Resume Writer

Sharon is a DC-area native who received a BA in English with honors from Brandeis University. She has six years of experience in the legal, non-profit, Read More

and service industries, with an emphasis on drafting and producing a range of written materials, as well as customer service. Her previous work has included working as a contract paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice and public relations consultant for the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. When Sharon is not off exploring new places with friends, she can be found curled on the couch watching The Mindy Project or improving her salsa moves.

More Top Resume Writers and Editors

Ellen R Loeb
Ellen R LoebResume Editor and Resume Writer

Ellen Loeb is a Maryland native with more than 20 years of experience editing marketing, technical, and instructional material. She holds aRead More

Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College and a JD from Cornell University. Ellen’s editing work has included government and private sector reports on defense, information technology, and transportation. She has also edited drug information reference guides for patients and health care professionals, and online lessons for elementary through high school students. At YES, Ellen helps clients highlight their skills in a targeted, polished, and engaging way. Away from the office, Ellen can often be seen jogging, but she enjoys having done that more than she enjoys doing it!

Alisa Jackson
Alisa JacksonCertified Professional Resume Writer

Alisa is a writer, editor, and musician with experience in both private and nonprofit organizations. She has been certified as a professional resumeRead More

writer by the Professional Association of Resume Writers and holds a BA in political science from Brigham Young University. In her role as a software quality assurance analyst, she authored technical test plans, release documents, and user guides. She also edited and improved user interfaces. In her work with a non-profit organization, she has written and edited press releases, concert program notes, newspaper articles, and website content. In her free time, Alisa enjoys community theatre and can often be found at the piano preparing for her latest musical.

Tina Callison
Tina CallisonResume Writer

Tina has been writing professionally for nearly a decade. She is excited to bring four years of resume writing expertise to YES job seekers. Tina has also served Read More

as the social media coordinator for a non-profit organization, for which she revamped the entire social media strategy, resulting in increased reach, user engagement, and volunteer involvement. She earned her B.A. in both English and psychology from Concordia University in St. Paul and spent a semester studying abroad in London. When Tina is not building blanket forts or refereeing lightsaber duels for her three daughters, she’s cooking Paleo delights—like salmon with coconut cream sauce and roasted cauliflower—for her family.

Another Top Resume Writer

Maria Alberto
Maria AlbertoResume Writer

Maria Alberto brings clients several years’ experience in writing and editing for the business, nonprofit, and higher education sectors. She earned herRead More

Master of Arts in English from Cleveland State University and has written a wide range of documents over the course of her work as a grant writer, administrative associate, and adjunct faculty member. Maria currently teaches undergraduate classes in academic writing and editing. Maria specializes in working with writers to identify the purpose and audience of every document. She will defend the Oxford comma at the slightest provocation, and she is always up for a Lord of the Rings movie marathon.

HR Advisory Team

Jamal S. Baadani
Jamal S. Baadani

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

overseen departments and programs for numerous international companies and U.S. agencies. These include Constellis, Inova, Comcast, DynCorp International, AECOM, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State. Jamal specializes in coordinating expatriate and veteran hiring initiatives. He is also experienced with high-volume and executive recruiting. Using his diverse skill set, Jamal has built top-performing teams both domestically and internationally. He holds a master’s degree in human resources management from Concordia University.

Patrice Dascenzo
Patrice Dascenzo

Pattie is a trusted advisor with over 20 years’ experience delivering strategic HR programs that address businessRead More

and operational needs in the healthcare, insurance, and legal services industries. While at Arora Group, Inc., she led HR functions for more than 800 geographically dispersed employees. As the director of employment with Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, PC, she led a recruiting team to hire over 120 physicians, executives, and operational staff members per year. Pattie develops and implements full-cycle professional recruitment, organizational development, workforce planning, and employee onboarding and engagement programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Cincinnati and is certified as a leadership and training instructor.

Julia Drake, SPHR, SHRM-CP
Julia Drake, SPHR, SHRM-CP

Julia Drake is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with over 10 years’ experience in HR management roles. For Read More

the City of Manassas Park, she led recruitment activities for key leadership positions, including city manager, HR director, community development director, and public works director. As an HR manager at Sprint, she oversaw employee relations for more than 500 government and enterprise sales employees nationwide. Julia has received multiple awards for her contributions to both the public and private sectors, including the City of Manassas Park’s 2011 Employee of the Year Award. She holds a Myers-Briggs Type-Indicator (MBTI) certification and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

HR Advisory Team

Tamika Mitchell, PHR, SHRM-CP
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 Read More

from the University of Bridgeport and has over 10 years of HR and organizational development experience. Tamika specializes in talent management, training, and leadership coaching. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), as well as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Tamika is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Northern Virginia Society for Human Resource Management, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, and LeadingAge Virginia HR Committee.

Renata Sandham, PHR
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 internationalRead More

recruitment and employee retention. As an HR manager for the United States Air Force, Renata assessed and placed over 600 Air Force recruiters. While at GroundProbe Pty Ltd, she provided HR guidance to 8 business managers located throughout Australia, China, Indonesia, South Africa, South America, and the United States. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Trident University International.

Anita Simmons
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 presidentRead More

of HR. Anita has overseen recruiting for the Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, helping it grow from 100 to 160 employees. At Lee Technologies, she transformed the employee benefits process, introducing changes that significantly reduced costs. Anita holds a master’s degree in HR administration from the University of Maryland—College Park. She specializes in implementing strategic initiatives for talent acquisition and retention.

HR Advisory Team

Andrew Sylvia, PHR, SHRM-CP, CEAS
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,Read More

and maximizing employee productivity. As the director of talent management for National Quality Forum, he has recruited, trained, and led engagement initiatives for a workforce of over 100 employees. During a time of rapid growth, he instituted the use of an applicant tracking system, enabling easy tracking of data used in affirmative action planning. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University. He is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified, a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS).