ShaMao is now creeping up on 3 months of unemployment. I guess the clearest conclusion that I can draw from this fact is DON'T WORK IN CHINA IF YOU EVER WANT TO BE EMPLOYED AGAIN IN THE UNITED STATES. I have previously blogged about this as well, see Should You Work in China? Now, I imagine that this is not true for some kids just out of college where the experience will bulk up an otherwise empty and unattractive resume; but for anyone in mid or upper management, it seems to be worse than counterproductive.
Don't get me wrong, I have my pick of high level jobs with very good salaries. The only problem is... They are all in China!
The experience I have in China attracts a lot of headhunters to me. They think that this should be something their clients are interested in since they all say they value "global experience" and what could be more cutting edge than China? Once they speak to their clients, they quickly realize that unless I want to accept a position in China, there is nothing for me. China experience is apparently recognized in industry to be completely irrelevant outside of China.
I have recently crafted a new resume that attempts to de-emphasize the China portion of my experience. I try to present it as kind of a pleasant add-on rather than one of my defining professional moments. It seems to be doing a bit better as I now have some interviews scheduled. Of course, of my current 4 real opportunities; 1 is in Singapore and the other is with a Chinese company in the US....
Oh, by the way, if anyone want to hire the ShaMao just give me a shout.