New on Passport: Dispatches’ list of expat-oriented career fairs in Europe (updated)

Most expats come over because their company already has a job waiting for them upon arrival, along with a place to call home, and all of their paperwork handled. Other expats — digital nomads, freelancers, and Dispatches Europe‘s own founders, for example — carve out their own career path on their way to success.

And then, there are those who come over looking to start a new career.

Maybe they’re a trailing spouse who finally can begin to work after going through the bureaucracy to be allowed to work in the first place. Perhaps the digital nomad lifestyle isn’t working out, and they need more stability in their career.

If you’re looking for a new career for any reason, then our list of expat-oriented career fairs is the one you’ll need to bookmark. And as you’ll note, the Netherlands is the most aggressive country in Europe when it comes to pursuing highly skilled internationals.

So as to not overwhelm you or ourselves, we’ll only cover a few months at a time, starting from now through May. And if you happen to know of an expat-oriented career fair that we should know about, please contact either Cameron, Terry or Cheryl at,, or

You can also leave us a message on our Facebook page.

• July

Sofia, Bulgaria – Amazon Hiring Event: This is a big one.

Amazon’s AWS RDS and DMS teams will be traveling to Sofia, Bulgaria the week of 30 July through 3 August to interview software developers and systems development engineers for opportunities at their Vancouver, Canada and Dublin, Ireland offices.

This hiring event in Bulgaria is an abbreviated version of Amazon’s normal interview process. The Seattle-based digital giant has flexible start dates in case you want to finish up your current project and need time to relocate, according to their ads.

Offers include relocation to Canada or Ireland, benefits, “competitive salaries” and visa sponsorship for you and your immediate family!

Tough to beat this deal. Amazon is looking for language-agnostic programmers and developers and you have to speak English.

You can apply here.

• August

Paris – Character audition, Disneyland Paris: Are you Goofy? Well, you could be …

Disney producers tour the world looking for performers for their theme parks. They’ll be in Paris for talent casting on 11 July, looking for people to play Disney characters including Disney princesses! OMG!

They’ll fill 50 positions in Paris alone.

Here are the deets:

• Open Ended (full-time) and Date to date (seasonal) contracts starting between July and November 2018.  Date to date (seasonal) contracts for a minimum of 3 months including July and August

• Housing possibilities. This position includes night work, and is thus open to candidates who are of legal age in France, that is 18 years old or 16 years old in the case of emancipated minors, pursuant to French law applicable to the protection of young workers. 

• Candidates must speak English or French and be available until 6 pm.

Disney crews will also be in Bussy-Saint-Georges on the far eastern edge of Paris auditioning acrobats.

You can see the details on all the positions here.

London – BUNAC Work Canada: This is the second year BUNAC, which runs student exchanges/work abroad programs, has come to London to recruit people for Canada’s ski resorts, so they must have found quality people last year.

This year, their Work Canada Ultimate Job Fair recruitment event is 11 & 12 August in London. Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, BC, and Blue Mountain Ski Area outside Toronto are your potential employers.

Obviously, these are not executive positions, but if you or your kids fancy spending the winter skiing and working hard, this could be the ticket.

The typical openings are for ski concierges, spa attendants, baristas, cooks, front desk people and always, always daycare workers.

You can sign up here, but there’s a 75 pound deposit that you don’t get back.

• September

Leipzig – Jobmesse Leipzig: This is a big one. On 22 Sept., Job Fair Leipzig will attract more than 5,000 people because they offer facetime with top employers.

Job Messe Leipzig has a little sump’m sump’m for everyone – students, top engineers and highly skilled internationals. There’s even assistance to navigate the German job-search bureaucratic labyrinth.

Employers are auto-industry heavy because this is Leipzig – Volkswagen and Audi – as well as a lot of smaller companies.

And like all legit job fairs, it’s free because employers need you right now. How badly? There’s a Hotline number.

Luxembourg City – This is a good one, a day-long career fair aimed at students and young professionals (up to 5 years of experience) looking for trainee positions, or a (first) job opportunity.

Scheduled for September (there’s no firm date yet), this is at the University of Luxembourg, but it’s open to all student in Europe “and beyond,” according to the website.

But the numbers from the first third events are impressive:

• 700 recruitments

• 130 companies

• 2,500 open positions to fill

This sponsored by ING, Luxair and other big companies. So watch the website for details.

• October

Various locations- Tech Job Fair: These are all part of the Tech Startup Job events across Europe. These job fairs will be in

Barcelona on 10 October.

Zurich on 18 October

Munich on 25 October

All these events offer a chance to actually talk with employers in person. And if you’re a student or early job seeker, they’re free. Companies seeking talent pick up the tab.

You can get tickets via the links above, or on Eventbrite.

• November

Amsterdam Tech Job Fair Autumn 2018: This is an event for everyone – experienced job searchers, students and interns – in a city that is packed with multinationals and tech companies such as Adyen and

This is part of the Tech Meetups series, so it’s free for job-seekers while employers pick up the tab.

You can apply here.

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