I have a trouble finding a job, although I got an MBA in US, worked in China for 7 years, trilingual, trying hard on networking.

I have a trouble finding a job, although I got an MBA in US, worked in China for 7 years, trilingual, trying hard on networking. -@Jacquelinexu

Clearly you are qualified for anything. You can be a congresswoman or a janitor. You can be a hedge fund trader or a secretary for the vice-president of manufacturing at a local ball-bearings company. You can be a stewardess on Shanghai Air or you can be an expert on Chinese import-exports. Anything.

So why aren’t people hiring you?

It’s a hard world out there. In a hard world the way to stand out is to help other people stand out and succeed. It’s hard for them also.

Between your MBA and your 7 years in China you must know A LOT of people.

Here’s what I would do if I were you:

A) Every day, get your coffee, and start thinking about two people you can introduce to each other and why. How their lives would benefit if they met.

Then introduce them. It will take about ten minutes. After 20 days you would’ve helped 40 people improve their lives. One of those people is going to have a job for you.

Another idea. And this is one that I’ve seen applied repeatedly over the past two years and it’s driven opportunities to many people:

B) Organize a dinner. Be prepared to spend about $1000+ or find a sponsor for the dinner. Do it at a nice restaurant. Call it Chinese-American Business Awareness dinner. Invite everyone you can think of: include media, investors, business owners, and your colleagues from business school. Even get a speaker if you can.

As the center of this, all the attention comes on you. This is the most powerful networking tool out there but many won’t do it out of shyness or lack of interest in spending the money on paying for 30 bottles of wine, food, plus tip. But this will make you stand out for sure. When you are the source, all good things flow back to you.

C) Blog every day about another person who has taken advantage of his or her Chinese-American knowledge and how valuable the intersection of that knowledge is. For instance, Robin Li was a lowly worker at Dow Jones in the US. Came up with a search engine idea. Felt it was too competitive here, so went back to China to create Baidu. Have some “big” stories (Robin Li) and some small stories, people we’ve never heard of. Again, you become the source. We all follow the source.

Try these for a while. Also try some of the ideas I suggest in “Nine Ways to Be a Super-Connector”


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