I really want to move back to Hong Kong, and I want to get some interviews going. Which plan do you think is better?
1) I have a week vacation in November. Talk to recruiters in like 1 or 1 1/2 month advance over the phone. Try to get some interviews set up for the week that I'm in Hong Kong. When I arrive, just go to the interviews of some companies and meet up the recruiters in person to get to know each other. The only problem is I don't know whether I will get any interviews set up in advance. If not, I will just go to Hong Kong alone to meet up recruiters and friends. I don't know if it's worth my time meeting those recruiters.
2) Forget about going to Hong Kong in November. Try to get HK recruiters to get some phone interviews with companies. If it goes well, I will take 2 or 3 personal days and fly back to Hong Kong for a face to face. For example, leaving on Wednesday, arrive in HK on Thursday night, go to interview on Friday morning then leave on Saturday. The disadvantage is that it's costly. I can't be doing this every time they want to do a face-to-face.
3) Forget about 1 and 2. Find a new job in U.S., take a month off before starting a new job. Go to Hong Kong during that month and live in a serviced studio. Meet up recruiters and try to get some interviews going. If a month goes by, and I get nothing, just return to U.S. and start the new job.