Searching for Expats on LinkedIn

Posted on March 14th, by Sourcing Ninja in Hints & Tricks. 1 Comment

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Here’s one I picked up from the guys at LinkedIn. One common way of finding expats is to join an expat or a country specific LinkedIn group and conducting a search through their Members page BUT…

There are two main problem with this approach: Firstly, you can’t specify which country you’d like to target e.g. If you wanted to search for Australian expats currently working in Singapore. And secondly, even if you use keywords like ‘(Sydney OR Australia) (engineer OR developer) php’, the approach is still very much broad as your search results will include people who have worked, visited or would like to visit Sydney or Australia but are not necessarily expats – you can of course include the keyword ‘expat’ but I’ve found that not a lot of expats actually use that particular term in their profile.

A much more targeted approach would be to track down expats through the university, tafe or school they attended. You can join the various alumni groups but that’s time consuming and difficult to achieve. The easier method would be to filter your search results by using the search field: ‘School’ located in LinkedIn’s advanced search.

To target Sydney or Melbourne based expats, try using keywords such as:

‘sydney OR usyd OR uws OR nsw OR “new south wales” OR unsw OR melbourne OR umelb OR monash OR australian OR anu OR macquarie’ OR mq OR griffiths’

Using this method you can maximise all of your connections (up to the 3rd degree + groups) while focusing on the types of people you want… Yes, you may get some false positives like those who studied on exchange (they may also be interested in relocating) but on the whole the amount of false positives will be much lower than the alternative. Have another technique to find expats? Let’s hear it in the comments section!

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