[quote=“Chris”][quote=“MengKai”]Curious to see what kind of opinions are out there regarding this issue. I have been working in Taiwan full-time as an editor for nearly 6 years now. It’s been very worthwhile, both financially and for the work experience, but I think it’s about time to head home. I am currently updating my resume, plus planning for the eventual move back to Canada. Would like to hear from people who have worked professional jobs in Taiwan, then returned to seek work in their home countries – the job-hunting experience, what employers were impressed by, how to best promote yourself, challenges upon returning, etc. If you have some experience or wisdom to share here, please post a reply. Thanks
The fact that you have overseas work experience makes your resume stand out. The cross-cultural experience and the ability to speak another language is often appreciated by potential employers.[/quote]
In my experience this statement is false.
I have found my (non-teaching) experience in Taiwan and my language skiils as totally irrlelevant here when I returned home. Neither were valued and I was actually told this on several occassions.
The only time it was considered valued was in rounds for strategy consulting, but then again most people in strat consulting have the same experiences/language skills/background.
What industry were you an editor in?
The thing you have to remember is that while you have overseas in Taiwan your fellow graduates have a solid 6 years of relevant experience (ignore this if your university field was editing of course.)
For example - a mate of mine has been in TW teaching for 5 years. He is a qualified economist. On his return to Australia he was NOT competing against his uni cohort for work but rather the current batch of graduates… 5 yrs younger and cheaper!
As Same Vines said… nice but not essential unless you are already a business person…