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Passionate about your career?  We are. 

Lisa K. McDonald, Principal & Owner Career Polish, Inc.

Executive Resume Writer, Career / Brand Strategist & Career Coach

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website!  I am a Certified Professional Resume

Writer, Career Coach and Social Media Brand Analyst.

the overwhelming, frustrating and confusing world of career transition, whether

breaking into an industry, changing careers or moving up in a career. 

My philosophy is simple: tell my clients what they need to hear while providing the

right tools and the knowledge of how to effectively use these tools empowering

them to succeed based on their definition of success.

all situations, non-judgmental, absolutely love what I do and have a penchant for

effervescent witticism - i.e. sarcasm

To be transparent, I do not accept every client.  Some do not need me and some are not ready to take full advantage of services offered.  This is why I offer a free initial consultation, to take the time to review where you are, hear where you want to go, offer suggestions and together determine if we should move forward together.

Some things you should know before we set that initial call:

« There is no pressure to move forward.  The initial consultation is imperative for you to get a sense of who I am, how I communicate, how I approach your situation and if you feel comfortable with me as your career partner.

« I do not use forms or rely on impersonal questionnaires. Let's face it, if all it took was filling out a form, you would not need me in the first place; also it is a shortcut to wordsmithing and I do not do that. 

«The focus is you - finding, rediscovering or defining your value.  I help you polish it and sell it in a way that best suits you and your goals.

« I treat every client with respect and integrity - Navigating transitions throughout your career can be exhausting on so many levels. My sole purpose is to give you 100% support and expert guidance for you to achieve your goals. Every client is deserving of respect and that is what they receive.

« I tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Fluff is not beneficial. I don't do fluff. I am straightforward in a positive and supportive way to challenge and empower you.

« We may not agree.  This is not a bad thing.  My job is not to tell you what to do, it is to guide you in the discovery and setting a course of action. 

Here are what some clients have said about working with me and Career Polish:

"A little powerhouse that you don't see coming, but you are sure glad she is there!"
"I have a great coach backing me up"
“Very personable and energetic in addition to being very knowledgeable about what she does."
“She knows what she is doing.”
“Takes the time to listen for details.”
“Takes a fresh approach to career search activities...conducts business in a very professional manner and with the end result always in mind.”
“A talented and reliable partner or service provider.”
“The real difference with Lisa is you can trust her. She is as honest as the day is long.  She knows what you need to know and is expert in imparting that information.”

I have been featured in many articles, publications and platforms including Forbes Coaches Council,, The Huffington Post Women, The Grindstone, The Indianapolis Star,,, Good Morning Indiana and The Indianapolis Business Journal (

I have the pleasure to speak to and facilitate workshops for a wide range of organizations

including EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, National Association of Insurance and

Financial Advisors, Inc., National Association of Women Business Owners, Social Media

Dames Unconference, as well as numerous college and universities; financial,

banking and insurance firms, sales teams, executive leaders, management

teams, administrative teams and service organizations.

Prior to founding Career Polish, I spent nearly a decade in the financial industry responsible for and trained in management, leadership, recruiting, coaching, development and compliance for Fortune 500 and small companies including Merrill Lynch, Prudential and McDonald Investments/Key Bank. I held several series and licenses including 7, 63, 65, 9, 10, 26, Life & Health and Property & Casualty.


My direct approach is a result of an amazing father, raising boys and Chief (he is my better half). You might hear one of our pups in the background, they are the official office dogs.  I am a huge fan of baseball, chocolate, wine, shoes and inspirational quotes. In fact, if you connect wtih me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter, you will see a post from me every workday of a positive thought or inspirational quote. I take my health very seriously. This means being at the gym every morning with Chief for my physical health and exploring nature for my mental health. I am fortunate to be a part of impactful and amazing organizations that support, encourage and empower women, cancer survivors, military and business professionals.

I wish you much success in your endeavors!