How do you deal with good, relevant experience that may be controversial and put off potential employers?
For some time now I've been moonlighting a small company with my wife. I've written contracts, hired subcontractors, structured our financial system, and in general gained a lot of very good experience. In my day job I manage a small team of engineers and run portions of projects; in my night job I manage a much larger team of people around the world, and do a lot more. The same skills translate quite well.
I'm very proud of what we've done. We set out to revolutionize an industry, and we're on our way. We hire people who often desperately need work, and we treat them with far more respect then they were getting anywhere else. We pay better, regularly, and our finances are transparent. We train our people for skills and ethical expectations, and eventually teach them how to run their own companies if they so desire.
The problem is, it's a phone sex company. There is a lot of stigma that comes with running any adult business, no matter how legal it may be.
When someone asks me what my most significant accomplishment has been, I want to be able to say, "In an industry that was rife with corrupt practices I showed people you can run a company honestly and profitably." I want to say, "I took people who were desperate for money and gave them a safe place to work." I'll even settle for "I ran my own small company well and profitably."
It seems like the only thing I can do is to pretend like it's never happened, because it is far too likely to be an instant black mark.
Has anybody else dealt with a similar issue? What did you do?