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​Get an Edge.

Many stages of our lives call for application processes whether for college, internships or jobs.  For most of us these are intimidating.  Whether you are facing the college admissions process, a search for a summer internship or the need to prepare for an interview,  you have come to the right place.  Competitive Edge can help you present your “best self” in your college applications, your college essays, your resume/cover letter/LinkedIn Profile, or face-to-face in a college, scholarship, or job interview. 

Since 2006, Competitive Edge has helped students and job seekers feel confident and prepared approaching their application processes. Monica James offers personalized, one-on-one consulting for private secondary school and college application processes, covering everything from how to make a list of schools to writing application essays to conquering the interview. She also works with students throughout their time in college and even after graduation to help them build a career network, teaching them how to use LinkedIn and their personal networks to their advantage, as well as helping them realize which careers their skills and knowledge point towards. Click to learn more about:

Interviews and Applications

Interviewing for private school or college admissions? Looking to put your best foot forward as you advance your career? Monica offers real world experience and tailored advice to help you or your child shine while interviewing, just as they do on paper.

With a background in training executives in public speaking and interview skills, and as an interviewer for her own alma mater, Vanderbilt University, Monica is keenly aware of what impresses admissions counselors–passion and initiative.

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Stay up to date on the latest news and advice in admissions and interviewing through our blog! Monica curates best practices and goals to help you feel as comfortable as possible in an interview setting, or as you prepare your child for the next step in their education

Results & Qualifications

Mrs. James’ instruction enabled me to walk into my Dartmouth interview with confidence. I was well equipped to answer both basic and 'scary' questions in an appropriate and engaging manner. I am now an admitted Dartmouth student and know my new-found interview skills will help me succeed in college and the work world.

Claire B.

The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA

Monica - where do I begin?!  You have now guided both of our boys through the grueling college application and interview process with incredible results.  Drew is thriving as a sophomore at SMU and Will, not quite finished with the process yet, has so far been accepted to the engineering schools with scholarship offers at UGA, Clemson, SMU and now Georgia Tech!  We are beyond thrilled with the results, and he will no doubt receive more offers this spring.  Couldn't have done it without you!  Your knowledge is invaluable.

Nola S.


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