A: It can be difficult to find a job in Thailand. Local salaries are much lower than Western standards. There are also restrictions on employing foreigners which have legal ramifications, i.e. visas and work permit issues. Most jobs in Bangkok are found through networking and not by blindly sending resumes to a company. AMCHAM often receives emails asking about employment opportunities with AMCHAM member companies in Thailand. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with referrals or job searches. That being said, the following will give you three pieces of practical advice to guide your efforts:
First, don’t waste your time or others’ time by being unprepared. It is essential to your job search or career change success that you do your homework and prepare yourself before contacting anybody. The following career information web sites provide expert advice on how to prepare for and conduct a job hunt.
Second, if you are looking for a more senior position, be aware that executive search firms are often looking for executives with proven records in Asian countries. You should visit the web sites of these executive search firms and register your interest, experiences and skills with them. The AMCHAM website has a list of Executive Search and Personnel Recruitment companies that are members. Go to our website, www.amchamthailand.com, click on Members/Company Directory, then search by Industry Type for “Executive Search and Personnel Recruitment.”
Third, AMCHAM has over 650 member companies in Thailand. Job-seekers should visit our online Company Directory to learn more about AMCHAM member companies. Each company’s listing includes a link to its own website as well as contact information. Some of the AMCHAM member companies will have “employment opportunities” pages on their websites that may prove useful as well.
Good luck in your job-hunting or changing your career!
A: If you are a U.S. company, the U.S. Commercial Service can assist you in finding partners and distributors. Contact them at www.buyusa.gov
A: The Thailand Department of Export Promotion’s website, www.thaitrade.com, offers information on over 10,000 Thai export companies in a searchable database. You may also want to contact the trade association for your industry. You may find a list of Trade Associations on our website.
A: Go to www.americanimporters.org, which provides practical and helpful information.
A: You may view contact information for all of our member companies on our website under "Company Directory." We do not have a soft copy of our database to distribute.
2012-2013 Membership Directories are available for purchase.
Member price: 1,000 THB (postage not included)
Non-member price: 3,000 THB (postage not included)
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A: Listed below are just some of the many privileges of belonging to AMCHAM.
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A: Please click here for details and membership application forms.
A: No. People of all nationalities, from any organization may join AMCHAM. American citizenship is not a requirement and we have many non-American companies in our membership.
A: We offer an Associate Membership for companies and individuals residing outside of Thailand. Associates can avail themselves of AMCHAM benefits and services when they are in Thailand.
A: AMCHAM Thailand provides American businesses and businesspersons with a venue for the exchange of ideas and for identifying common purposes to pursue in both the private and government sectors, in Thailand, in the Asian region, and in the United States. AMCHAM also provides the focal point for channeling social service activities intended to benefit Thais and Thailand on an unofficial basis.
A: The objectives of AMCHAM are:
A: Committee membership is free. Any AMCHAM member may generally attend any committee meeting. Please register in advance on the AMCHAM website for the meetings you plan to attend.
A: Participation in committees is a benefit of AMCHAM membership and is generally limited to AMCHAM members because the committees serve as the "voice of AMCHAM" on various sector issues and help develop Chamber programs. At the discretion of the committee leadership, members may invite a guest to a committee meeting if the guest is interested in joining the Chamber him/herself.
A: AMCHAM organizes over 300 events per year, including monthly luncheons, committee meetings with various speakers, networking social evenings, golf and bowling tournaments, and the annual Installation Ball. Please visit our Events Calendar for further information.
A: The AMCHAM Thailand Charitable Foundation (“ATCF”) supports education in Thailand through its Adopt-a-School, Student Scholarship, and Teacher Fellowship Programs. Donations provide playgrounds, water tanks and filtration systems, libraries, computers and capital repairs to schools in rural Thailand, scholarships for needy Thai university students, and teacher salaries. Donations to the ATCF are deductible for Thailand tax purposes. The ATCF is Public Charitable Organization Number 632 of the Notification of the Ministry of Finance.
A: Student Scholarships: The AMCHAM Thailand Charitable Foundation provides scholarships to Thai students studying at Thai universities. The students must meet income and scholastic requirements. This year, the Foundation has committed to fund 180 student
scholarships. Since 1976, this program has supported approximately 1,707 students.
Adopt-a-School Program: AMCHAM encourages our members to adopt needy primary schools throughout Thailand. Adopt-a-School donations are used for libraries, water tanks and filtration systems, playgrounds and other items needed by the school. Schools that receive funds must be accredited primary schools (K-6) by the Ministry of Education. Since 1982, this program has supported more than 700 projects.
Teacher Fellowship Program: Begun in 2005 as a direct response to the loss of teachers in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, this program places educators in schools in areas of need. Sponsoring a teacher can provide your company with a direct and personal link to a local school.
We are unable to accept requests to provide financial assistance for other activities outside the above programs. For more information, see the AMCHAM Foundation pages on this website.
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A: Thai-American Business (T-AB) is a full-color, bimonthly publication with news items and informative articles on subjects of current interest, along with information about AMCHAM and its members. Approximately 2,500 copies of T-AB Magazine are circulated to AMCHAM members, the U.S. Embassy, and the other Chambers of Commerce in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific region.
A: AMCHAM publishes 2,000 copies of its full color Membership Directory. The 2011-2012 edition, contains 420 pages of profiles of AMCHAM's 650+ member companies, ranging from financial institutions to energy companies to manufacturers to professional services suppliers. The directory is considered a leading source of detailed information about multinational corporations, their suppliers, and specialty businesses in Bangkok and throughout Thailand.
A: Each representative from an AMCHAM member company is entitled to a copy of the Membership Directory. To order additional copies of the Membership Directory, click here or contact email@example.com
A: Please send press releases by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
A: Log into the AMCHAM website using your UserName and password. Click on Members/Update Information and update your personal and company information there. Updates take 3-5 business days to process.