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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Online – Bilingual People Spring German Relocation Fair: Not able to make it to a job fair from where you are? Why not open your laptop and sign up for one of Bilingual People’s virtual job fairs, such as their upcoming Spring German Relocation Fair 22 February?
As the name of the company suggests, Bilingual People looks for job seekers with bilingual and multi-lingual skills to head over to places like Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden to fill positions with companies in need of such skills.
The Spring German Relocation Fair (and the one in the autumn) in particular aims to match “top German speaking talent” with Europe’s top companies, as the hunt for such talent locally is becoming harder and harder to continue.
All you need to do to take part is register, then go online in late February to meet with your future employer, all from the comforts of home; be sure to look your best, though.
Berlin – Landing Festival: Techpats, Berlin is where you need to be to find the next step to success when the Landing Festival comes to town 14 and 15 March.
Though there’s more to the Landing Festival than the job fair itself — which you can learn more about in our latest startup event guide — the festival promises you’ll be able to “dodge recruitment specialists and face real tech professionals” from the likes of: SoundCloud; Raisin; N26; Typeform; mytaxi; and Hello Fresh.
Fifty companies are expected to attend the Landing Festival this year, looking for the best tech professionals to fill their respective rosters.
If you’re ready to make your move, €50 will net you a pass into the Landing Festival, which also includes talks, entertainment, and food and drinks. An extra €100 will net you a pass which adds access to workshops, expert sessions, and a boat party.
Frankfurt – Welcome to Frankfurt!: Every year, EURES (EURopean Employment Services) hosts a handful of job fairs around Europe, such as Welcome to Frankfurt! in Frankfurt, Germany 7 March.
This fair is for those in the hospitality industry who are “interested in working in Germany,” have worked or completed training in the industry and can speak German.
No agenda has been set as of this time, but 12 exhibitors are scheduled to participate in recruitment for positions in the Rhine/Main-Area, including: Five Guys Burgers and Fries (which is suddenly HUGE in Europe); Frankfurt Marriott Hotel; MEININGER Frankfurt; and Sofitel Frankfurt Opera.
All you need to do is register online (after creating a EURES account, if you haven’t already), then return 7 March at 9:00.
Amsterdam – The IamExpat Fair: The biannual IamExpat Fair lands in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek 7 April, and is designed to help new expats connect with the expat community in the Netherlands’ global city.
Aside from the many workshops available to help set you on the right path towards success as an expat in Amsterdam, you can also submit your CV to and interview with recruiters from businesses in the city including: Projob; Randstad; and Abroad Experience International Recruitment.
Amsterdam – International Talent Event Amsterdam 2018: The International Talent Event Amsterdam is for students and graduates entering the workforce. This is mostly about CV writing and the mechanics of job interviews. BUT, there will be recruiters and employers on hand 20 April at the Student Hotel in Amsterdam.
A LOT of employers and recruiters.
Companies scheduled to be at ITEA 2017 include:
Adidas, Adams Recruitment, Atlassian, B Building Business, Blue Horseshoe, Booking.com, Club Med, Deskbookers, DHR International, Esoma, Esti Developers, Expatica, Equiniti, FCA Netherlands, Freightex, IN Amsterdam, INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD., ING, KYC Solutions, Monsanto, Murata Electronics Europe B.V, Newgen Payments, NBC Universal (international), Proctor exam, Projob, Pupply, Randstad Holding, Sungevity, Team Leader, The Student Hotel, TIP Trailor Service, Travix International, UBM, VenturesOne, VF International, Webster, Whirlpool and Young Financials.
Lisbon – Lisbon Tech Job Fair: Organized by TechMeetups, the “world’s biggest Tech Job Fair” is landing at Lisbon, Portugal’s Beta-i startup hub on 12 April. If you’re a techpat who’s “tired of browsing online job boards all day long” without success, then this job fair is for you.
The Lisbon Tech Job Fair presents opportunities to meet with local companies recruiting for open positions in Lisbon and elsewhere. There will also be networking opportunities, a chance to learn about all of the startups popping up in the Portuguese capital, and more.
All you need to do to attend is obtain a free ticket via the link above by 12 April.
Prague – International Fairs for International People: As noted above, Bilingual People is a recruitment firm that puts on events across Europe from London to Prague.
The Prague event is scheduled for 21 April. We haven’t been to one of their events, but it looks like big-name employers such as Amazon show up, looking for bilingual people. And English typically is required to work for most U.S.-based multinationals.
Registration opens one month before the event, so check back here and we’ll have the link.
Utrecht – Futureproof Recruitment: This is not an expat event per se, but the global mobility of talent is key to Dispatches’ mission. Every day, we see companies, cities and entire regions in the Netherlands trying new approaches to attracting highly skilled internationals.
Futureproof Recruitment is an HR event in Utrecht that promises to address employer branding, candidate experience, managing data and e-recruitment.
The fee for this day-long seminar scheduled for 17 April is 349 euros per person and you can register here.
Amsterdam – i am not a tourist Job Fair for Internationals: Presented by Expatica, the i am not a tourist Job Fair for Internationals lands in Amsterdam’s World Trade Center Amsterdam 26 May.
There will be a dozen presentations to help you on your career search, from learning to speak Dutch and learning how to write your CV for a Dutch audience, to using LinkedIn in your search and translating your expat experience into work experience.
Outside of the presentation area, 20 exhibitors will be on the floor during the career fair to help you find your new career, including recruiters for Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mercedes-Benz, Monsanto, Atlassian, and Netflix.
The fair is expected to see 1,500 walk through the doors of the World Trade Center Amsterdam. If you’d like to be among them, you can pick up your free ticket online now, or pay €12.50 at the door.
Utrecht – BCF Career Event: If you happen to be in the bio, chemistry, food and pharma fields, then Utrecht is the place to be 24 May for the BCF Career Event in the Netherlands.
The one-day event, held in the Beatrix building of Jaarbeurs Utrecht, is for anyone interested in the aforementioned fields of employment – from students and graduates – to those well-established into their career field.
Recruiters from Abbott Labs, L’Oréal Research & Innovation, Ajilon Life Sciences, Kelly Scientific Resources, and others will be available to receive your CV and interview you.
There will also be workshops on body language, using LinkedIn, and job seeking for introverts among those scheduled on the programme.
All you need to do to attend is register online, which you have until 16 May to do. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until November when the job fair heads over to Ghent, Belgium.
A note: We’ve noticed moderators of expat Facebook pages across Europe increasingly shut out commercial posts. We welcome them … if you’re searching for international talent, we reach tens of thousands of people across Europe each week. If you have a position to fill or you’re searching for just the right job, register on Passport here.