ShaMao'er is looking for a new job. For those of you who read my "Should you work in China" post (my most read post ever), you probably can tell that I have been a bit disillusioned since my return to the US. Although I have a job, I am looking for something that would better leverage my 14 years of China related business experience.
The primary takeaway from my 3 month job search is that online job boards, even those that claim to cater to "executive" jobs, appear to be entirely useless. I have applied through such boards to probably 100 positions or so and have received in total 3 calls from recruiters. Two of them were talking about positions that had no relation whatsoever to my experience and one of them fled when I told him my current salary.
In the past couple weeks I have, however, obtained 3 solid job prospects which I am currently at the 2nd interview phase on. All of these came about through references from former or current colleagues. I have always been told that once you reach a certain level in your career the only way to advance further is via the relationships you have built and the colleagues you have impressed. It is clear to me that this is the absolute truth and underscores the point I made in my previous post.