Lisa K. McDonald - Your Career Success Coach

Lisa K McDonald, CPRW
Executive Resume Writer
Certified Career Coach
LinkedIn Expert
Keynot Speaker

How it began...

I founded Career Polish after a life-changing a-ha moment. I left "Corporate America" and never looked back.  Since then, I have helped thousands of professionals make the changes in their brand, career, and life to move onward and upward in their career getting career happy.

I coach on the 33% you spend at work to make your 100% of life happier!


Winner of One, Nominated for Two Prestigious Industry Awards

Resume writing industry’s most prestigious Toast of the Resume Industry™ (TORI) resume writing competition. This year Lisa was nominated in the categories of Best Portfolio Career Resume (won 3rd place) and Best Marketing Resume. 


Bringing out your inner rock star through communication!

Your brand, your value, your story - how do we tell it and keep it authentic? Through storytelling and the power of words.  Capitalize on my insatiable curiosity and continual study of body  language, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), personal branding and master level writing to bring your story to life and learn how to leverage storytelling for greater influence. 


Certifications & Memberships

Forbes Coaches Council 

Career Directors International 

Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Certified Social Branding Analyst

Certified Career Coach

If cost is your primary motivator, I'm not your girl

Our work is an investment. We are both investing our time. You are also have a financial investment and I have an additional investment of expertise and resources.

I do  not do "quick" carbon copy resumes.  I don't do cheap resumes. I won't undervalue you. 

When we work together, I am personally vested. You work only with me. No ghostwriters, no subcontractors.  The minimum amount of time I spend on a resume is 10 hours. Ten hours of research, writing, testing, fine tuning, agonizing over word choice, ruthlessly editing to make it clean and tight, an occasional outburst, perhaps a tear or two.... this is an investment. 

I am also invested in your success. This is why I include a training session in my program to teach you how to use the tools I will provide - without knowledge of how to use them, they become useless. I want you to be able to maximize your investment by learning how to keep your resume alive for other opportunities as your career grows/changes.

A few more things to know about me

My Philosophy

As a Coach & Partner

As a Coach & Partner

I tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. This is about you, your success.

As a Coach & Partner

As a Coach & Partner

As a Coach & Partner

I have a positive outlook on life, non-judgmental, respectful, direct, with a unique sense of humor.

Select Engagements

As a Coach & Partner

Articles & Publications

If you don't need me, I 'll tell you. I offer a free initial  call for us to make sure its a good fit.

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

Featured in:  Forbes,, The Huffington Post Women, The  Grindstone, The Indianapolis Star,,, Good Morning  Indiana and The Indianapolis Business Journal (

Published in "Expert Resumes & LinkedIn Profiles for Managers & Executives - 4th Edition" 2020

Speaking & Workshops

Articles & Publications

Prior to Career Polish

 National Association of Resume Writers National Convention, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, National Association of Insurance and  Financial Advisors, Inc., National Association of Women Business Owners,  Social Media Dames Unconference. 

College/Universities, Corporations, Sales Teams,  Leadership Teams, & Service Organizations.

Prior to Career Polish

Articles & Publications

Prior to Career Polish

A former leader in the financial industry with  Merrill Lynch,  Prudential and McDonald Investments/Key Bank. 

Previously held Series 7, 63, 65, 9, 10, 26

 Life & Health and Property  & Casualty

On the personal side...

My  direct approach is a result of an amazing father, raising boys and Chief (he is my better half). You might hear pup in the  background, he's the official office dog.  I am a huge fan of  nature, the Cubs, shoes, diners/dives, and inspirational quotes. In fact, if  you connect with 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 all my health very seriously: 

six days of working out for my physical health, 

exploring nature for my mental health 

a Christian who starts each day with the Word for my spiritual health. 

contributing to organizations that support, encourage and empower 

women, cancer  survivors, military and business professionals for my emotional health.

I wish you much success in your endeavors!