23 Networking Opportunities for Expats

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 | 0 comments

23 Networking Opportunities for Expats

Networking seems to be the key to finding employment wherever you live in this globalized world. The following are some ways that expats “network” in many countries:

  1. Official receptions

    National days in embassies, farewell or welcome parties in companies, United Nations events, NGOs.

  2. Social and private events and gatherings

    Dinners, parties, functions, cocktails, formal and informal drinks, Sunday lunch, coffees, teas, bars, clubs. Make yourself known and promote your skills as much as you can. Let people identify you as a “professional person” as much as possible.

  3. Private invitations

    Invite someone or get invited.

  4. Ask for professional meeting

    Meet people at a social level (dinner, party), then call your contact and ask for a professional appointment (with an Ambassador, a manager, etc.)

  5. Sports activities and clubs

    Sports clubs, golf clubs (inside info and contacts for senior positions), gyms, mountain climbing clubs.

  6. Meeting someone by chance

    Expats seem to visit the same restaurants and the same supermarkets. Be friendly!

  7. Go to the “in” places

    Markets frequented by expats, popular restaurants, coffee shops, and others.

  8. Through accompanying spouse’s contacts

    Getting inside information from spouses (of international employees), your own spouse’s contacts plus your spouse’s current or former colleagues.

  9. Friends

    Through friends in similar fields.

  10. Professional events

    Attend meetings and conferences. Seek out professional associations in your field.

  11. Identify groups

    Professional groups are good ways of networking, including women associations, clubs and committees, and professional associations. Join groups, penetrate them, participate in their meetings, talk to someone attending, and sign up for their mailing list.

  12. Through colleagues

    Former colleagues and former contacts from previous jobs.

  13. Word of mouth

    The expatriate community can be big and very concentrated in some areas. Word of mouth is a very direct way to get information.

  14. School

    Expatriates’ children go to the same schools.

  15. Places of worship

    Widely used by locals and some expatriates.

  16. Internet

    Electronic resources listed throughout this blog and recommendations by others in the country.

  17. NGO network

    Someone you contacted in an NGO can mention you to another NGO or share professional opportunities with you.

  18. Canvassing

    Someone who knows you may promote you and recommend you for a position.

  19. Conferences

    Attend conferences, workshops, seminars  (select those that are targeted to your career or where you know there will be HR professionals and executives.) Get the info in newspapers/magazines/ advertisements, Internet, the expat community, and through Chambers of Commerce.

  20. Clubs and associations for expats

    Spouse organizations, such as the Local Expatriate Spouse Associations (LESAs) are often set up by UN organizations that are focusing on support for dual career couples, the Association for American Women Abroad, and other associations that are focused on expat communities.

  21. International hotels lobbies: info on meetings, seminars, conferences

    Check the event announcements in the lobby of the major international hotels, which host conferences, seminars, activities, meetings, which are often regional or international and are attended by many international staff. Also keep in mind that many expats frequent large hotels for their restaurants, bars, social activities, swimming pool, and other resources.

  22. Mingle with locals

    Develop leads through locals and expats.

  23. Extracurricular activities.

    Weekends away, safaris, cinemas, vacations at the beach, skiing trips.

What tips would you add? Add your comments and tips here!



Passport Career provides more detailed career information and extensive resources about networking, finding a job, internship, alternative career opportunities as well as information on writing CVs, cover letters and interviews. If your organization, embassy, university/college, library, or other institution would like access to our country portfolios (15,000+ pages of expert content for 80+ countries and 250+ cities) to share with your students, employees, spouses/partners, and others managing a national or international career transition, please contact us (or email info@passportcareer.com) regarding a free, live, online demo and details on how to obtain a license to access Passport Career.


Susan Musich, Executive Director and Founder
Edited by: Anna Sparks, Expert Global Career Consultant

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!