Lisa K. McDonald

Who Are You?

Do you know and more importantly, do others?

Working with Career Polish - a National, career services and coaching firm

The PRocess, What we do, what to expect and what we are not

The Process

  • Initial call. This is where we will review your resume, LinkedIn or branding pieces and discuss the positives, challenges, offer suggestions and answer any question you have at this time.  This gives you a chance to see how we communicate, understand our process, ask questions and decide if moving forward is the best option for you.
  • Informational Interview. After the initial conversation we establish a time for the Informational Interview.  This is when we gather the most important information: your value and your voice.  This is always done over the phone and normally an hour block of time is sufficient. .
  • Working Draft Resume.  A week later you receive your Working Draft Resume.  This is our new mound of clay - our beginning point - and where the fun begins. Yes, we do believe this is a fun and empowering process. This will serve as your baseline branding piece.
  • Review.  When we send you the Working Draft, we will ask to set up our review session. This is your resume therefore it is important that you are involved.  The more you own it the more you will sell it.  We will guide you, advise you and coach you as your partner, resource and coach. During this call we go through the resume to make sure it is meeting with your expectations and discuss strategy.
  • Putting it into Practice.  Once we have established the tone and direction it is time to move forward.  For the first opportunity you want to target we will tweak your branding piece and provide a customized Cover Letter for that position. 
  • Timeline. Throughout the process we are here for any and all questions or concerns.  There is no limit on questions and there are no silly questions - ask away. We also realize life does not follow a prescribed timeline, therefore the only time limit we have is from the time we conduct the Informational Interview, you will have your working draft the following week.  We do not limit revisions, we do not offer 30 or 60 days only. We are here throughout the process for you. 
  • Updates. There may come a time that after you land your next great position, another opportunity presents itself and you need a rework to update your resume.  If this is done within one year of services, there is no charge.  After a year, there will be a nominal fee.
  • Additional Services. We also provide LinkedIn profiles, business biographies, interview coaching, networking coaching and additional business communication at discounted fees in addition to your resume.
  • Fees.  Services are charged on a project basis with considerations to what our clients need, career experience and goals. All items above are included in the project price. 

What We Do

  • Provide what our clients need during their career transition with personalized services and coaching.
  • Offer expertise in resumes, LinkedIn, networking, interviewing, negotiations, leadership, influence, presence, relationship management, business communications and more.
  • Dedicate ourselves to fulfilling our mission of providing support, coaching and expertise to elevate each client to their desired level of success.
  • Determine what services are needed on an individual basis, which may include one item or a combination of services offered. The determination is made by both the client and Career Polish, this is a partnership.
  • Present workshops and seminars on a full range of topics from resume writing, networking with purpose, leadership, executive presence, engaging your target market, managing dynamic teams, utilizing LinkedIn for the greatest business return and interviewing.
  • Work with individual clients one-on-one, teams and organizations.

What To Expect

               Respect ~ Professionalism ~ Support ~ Encouragement ~ Coaching ~ Communication

Transparency ~ Honesty ~ Dedication ~ Commitment ~ Confidence ~ Integrity               

In working with our Principal, Lisa K. McDonald, you will find an executive coach, resource and writer who fully

supports your goals providing you with a straightforward approach to communication, personal branding, writing,

coaching, listening and plan development.  She expects her clients to be engaged in the process, ask questions

and - as she puts it - have skin in the game.  If she feels you are on the right track with your existing material,

she will tell you and not accept the engagement.

We Are Not

  • A same day resume service, this is not a 24 hour word-smithing operation.
  • A cookie-cutter operation using forms and questionnaires; you received personal, one-on-one communication and service.
  • Here to tell you what you want to hear, we are here to tell you what you need to hear..
  • A resume mill.  We select and accept engagements on a limited basis in order to remain consistent in our commitment to our clients delivering dedicated, quality service, coaching and support throughout their journey.
  • A placement firm.  We remain consistent to our areas of expertise and feel it a conflict of interest to try to be all things to all people.
  • A standard one-size-fits-all service.   
  • The right fit for all clients. Our services represent an investment in you and your career, made by you and Career Polish. We are not the firm to hire if your primary criteria is price.