Hi. I'm Ian Christie, and I provide career transition services from Vancouver Canada to clients from around the world.

Career Transition Services & Programs

Career transition service packages are a comprehensive, personalized project that we engage in together to help you either prepare for a future move or make that next career move. For some clients, it is a form of job search, in other words, getting ready to compete for that next role. For other clients, a career pivot or career change is involved, which likely requires more time developing an understanding of what they're offering, identifying where they're going and connecting the dots with the target market.

My Approach

My speciality or approach really hinges on marketing. My client niche is people who are good at what they do, have a track record behind them, but who have a marketing gap between here and there. Typical clients include C-Level executives, Directors and VPs and Managers. However, I have worked with many, many different types of clients - from creatives to experienced technical staff, to business school students, etc.

Closing the Marketing Gap

What I find is that many talented and skilled people face a GAP in making desirable career changes or moving to the next level. That GAP is marketing based and includes:

  • How to make sense of their background and capture their value in an authentic and powerful way
  • Exploring what's next in their career
  • Defining best target markets
  • How to sell it verbally and on paper and putting together a powerful LinkedIn profile and resume
  • Devising strategies to reach the target market
  • Understanding the needs of target market to sharpen a persuasive value proposition
  • Raising profile and incoming leads through online means
  • How to package an offering, where there is something freelance / contracting concerned (including marketing collateral, if appropriate)
  • How to navigate the search campaign and manage the marketing cycles

This is my gift and what I do extremely well. So well, in fact, that I make my living working with 1-1 clients like you, writing, speaking, consulting and acting as an expert of these and related topics.


Career Transition Service Process

What's Included?

  • Career move programs are personalized consulting engagements involving me blocking time and attention for your project
  • We take a formal, but adaptive process, meaning what we focus on and our approach is tailored to your unique situation. Each package has a set # of consulting hours that is applied to the relevant modules, topics and steps based on your needs and priorities. 
  • Our work involves a combination of homework on your part, 1-1 meetings / consultations at key points in the process, me taking action on your behalf and our communications.
  • My expert and experienced feedback, guidance, evaluation, ideas and advice as appropriate through the project.
  • I’ve developed an online platform to host the modules, online course material (video, lessons and downloadable workbooks) that underpin our work together. You will have access to the appropriate modules and benefit from undertaking the learning and reflection exercises in advance of our meetings. 

The Approach

My work is based on the premise that you have a set of professional assets and that there are natural target markets for what you do. As your career coach, I help you figure out both of these, develop strategy, and execute on branding, campaign approaches and personal marketing. For more transactional assignments (LinkedIn profile, resume, cover letter, interview coaching), I bring my extensive practical experience to bear to help you put your best foot forward. My style involves:

  • A strategic and practical approach to your career development
  • A market-based and marketing focused approach to understanding and connecting the dots between your value and target markets
  • Champion and guide for designing a powerful professional journey

Steps & Modules

The following steps represent areas that we can work on. However, please note the following

  • Each career move program is designed to take the client along the path to a specific distance. Each program has a set # of consulting hours. To work on all the following steps would involve the higher end packages. 
  • We focus on and emphasize what is important and needed for you. One client may need extra interview support. Another client may want to spend more time exploring the market. 

1] Situation Analysis & Goal Setting

  • What's our starting point? 
  • What are you trying to achieve or where you looking to go? 

2] Discovery of your unique professional value 

  • Background analysis to unpack and find the gold in your experience
  • Discovery of your professional expertise and skills
  • Development of your professional interests
  • Reflection on your "why"  - motivators like values, work personality 
  • A summary of your key competencies, work interests, best fit environments and professional value

3] Exploration and analysis of target markets

  • What's out there for you in terms of roles, organizations and industry spaces
  • What kind of job makes sense

4] Future planning, if undertaking a career change 

  • This may also involve visioning something completely different for your career and undertaking a project to help make it a reality

5] Target Value Proposition Development

  • How to "read" buyer needs
  • Connecting the dots between your offering and their explicit and implicit needs

6] Branding

  • LinkedIn - evaluation, recommendations on LinkedIn usage and upgrades. Design and delivery of new profile or your specific action steps to do it on your own
  • Resume - design and delivery of a market-ready resume or advice on how you can upgrade
  • And any other relevant materials

7] Insights into Interviews with Prep / Practice

  • Online learning modules
  • Workbooks
  • 1-1 Mock interviews and coaching

8] Networking Conversation Scripting / Practice

9] Recommendations on how to uncover the hidden opportunities

10] Custom cover letter development

11] Recommendations on Campaign Activities

12] LinkedIn - leveraging Advice / Support

13] Executive Recruiter Insight / Approach Strategy

14] Opportunity Management

  • Prepare for a specific opportunity
  • Help you customize your cover letter and approach
  • Opportunity analysis to understand your strengths and gaps
  • Interview prep, interview de-brief
  • Strategizing and offer negotiation support

15] On-boarding / Setting-up for success once you're on the job

Career Move Readiness Packages

When you are hunting for a closely related role or want to proactively improve and sharpen your market ready skills, the following two packages will help you get ready and better align your value proposition, marketing materials and activities with your target. 

Bronze | Job Search Tune-up (or forensics)

Situation: You're looking for expert consulting on your current or future career move. You want to do it yourself with expert recommendations and feedback.

1. Upload your materials to a private dropbox folder set-up for you.

2. We meet and delve into your background, career move status and target role.

3. Resume Recommendations & Co-Editing

4. We have a live LinkedIn session - recommendations & Co-Editing

Deliverables: Cover letter draft & Co-Editing

Coverage: Clarify your Target & Your "Why You" | Align your marketing materials

Access: Why You Solution | Resume Course | LinkedIn Course

Silver | Market Ready Program

Situation: Job Search or Career Pivot. How market ready and effective are you? This service package is ideal for clients who have a relatively focused idea of their next professional step but who want to sharpen their strategy, marketing presentation and job market skills.

The same as Bronze level, PLUS

Resume: Written for you

LinkedIn: Profile developed / upgraded for you

Cover letter or approach email written for you

Interviewing: Interview Strategy workbook, Interview Course + Practice Session

Additional 2 meetings (Strategy / Market)

Access: Professional Value Course bundle | Why You Solution Course

Coverage: Value | Market | Branding | Interviewing | LinkedIn strategy

Career Move Exploration Packages

Gold | In-Depth Career Move

Situation: Career Change / Pivot or In-Depth Job Search Support

9 hours of dedicated 1-1 consulting time (Meeting / Writing / Research) PLUS

Deliverables: Resume | LinkedIn Profile | 1 Cover Letter

Coverage: Value | Exploration | Markets | Branding | Interviewing | Networking | LinkedIn strategy | Campaign Map | Opportunity Management

Access: Professional Value Course bundle | Why You Solution Course | Interview Course | Resume Course | LinkedIn Course

VIP | Full-Service Career Move Program

Situation: Full-service Career Change or Job Search

14 hours of dedicated 1-1 consulting time PLUS

Deliverables: Resume | LinkedIn profile | 2 Cover Letters

Coverage: Value | Exploration | Markets | Branding | Interviewing | Networking | LinkedIn strategy | Campaign Map | Opportunity Management

Access: All available programs

Process & FAQs

How does it work? What is the process? 

  1. Contact me to first explore if there is a mutual fit in working together and receive direction on the best service for your unique situation. 
  2. Complete your purchase by selecting the appropriate program above. You will receive an email receipt with onboarding instructions. 
  3. We will set you up to have the appropriate level of access to the client platform with course videos, workbooks, mind maps and other tools to support our work together. 
  4. We will arrange our first meeting either in-person or via Skype or phone.

How long does it take? 

It depends on four factors: your level of urgency, how much digging you need to do (and your availability) and which program selected. The Bronze program could be done in 10 days while the Deluxe could take months. 

What do I need to do? 

Career moves vary in complexity and might involve self-discovery, exploration, learning and execution. We work together in partnership to achieve this. My expectation of you is that you're ready to engage in the important work of figuring this out. 

What is your refund policy? 

You can request a full refund up to and including the first 30 minutes of the first consultation with no questions asked. I do not issue refunds beyond that point. However, unused fees will be returned to you should you elect to stop the process. 

Where do you serve clients?

I am based in Vancouver Canada. However, my clients are often remote and we work together via Skype, email, a private dropbox folder and my online platform. Across Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Victoria, etc.), the U.S. (Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, etc.) and international (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, London, Paris, Mexico City, etc.)

  • Working with Ian Christie of BoldCareer has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made in my professional career. With Ian’s assistance, I developed an understanding of my own skills and abilities, and I now feel empowered as I know how and to whom I can market my skills to achieve desired results. I was a very challenging client as I had extensive experience in a unique industry with seemingly little transference to other industries; particularly industries that provided the personal fit I so desperately sought. Ian facilitated a structured analysis and definition of my skills which we then packaged and used to approach targeted firms. As a result, I was offered exactly what I was looking for: a challenging position; working with exceptional people and technology; and, within an industry that I am passionate about. I recommend Ian to anyone who wants to take charge of their career and establish a trajectory that can create considerable personal and professional growth.
    Sean Ellickson, Director Commercial Management, Vancouver

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