If you already have a work permit, or if you are Turkish or Turkish Cypriot, you can find a job in Turkey.
If you don’t have a work permit, the first thing to do is find a job. Then you apply for a work permit.
Therefore, to find a job in Turkey, you can start searching the major job sites in Turkey for an opportunity that suits you. There are many recruitment sites in Turkey.
How to find a job in Turkey?
In Turkey, people have the opportunity to work in a variety of industries. In fields such as management, marketing, sales, technical information and translation, international companies offer employment opportunities to foreign nationals who speak several languages. Foreigners are typically employed in customer service, foreign language teaching, childcare, editing and translation, and import-export sales specialist positions.
The Aegean and Mediterranean regions of Turkey, on the other hand, offer seasonal jobs to foreign human resources for your needs, especially in hotels and travel agencies.
Anyone can become a tour guide in their mother tongue after completing a short training. Foreigners can find work in entertainment venues and hotels during the summer months.
How to get a work permit in Turkey?
If you are not a Turkish national, you can still look for work in Turkey, but you cannot obtain a work permit on your own. To have a job in Turkey, you must first have a job offer. An employer, consulting firm or employment agency must apply for a work visa on your behalf once they have decided to hire you.
If you are abroad, you can apply to the local Turkish consulate to obtain your work visa. If you are in Turkey, your boss asks for your work permit with you.
If you need a short visa to visit Turkey and see around, check out this article on how to apply for Turkey visa.
The two good news are that:
once you’ve received a job offer, it shouldn’t be difficult to get a visa, and
in some cases, the work permit stays with you even if you lose your job.
So focus on finding a job and everything else should be easy.
Can you work in Turkey without knowing Turkish?
It depends on the job you are looking for. Some people will say that you have no chance of getting to work without learning Turkish unless you are qualified to teach English or another widely taught language in Turkey. Other people will tell you that they have lived and worked for years in Turkey with just enough Turkish to order in a restaurant or take a taxi.
If an employer wants to hire you abroad, your knowledge of Turkish will probably not be important. So try to find a job and then worry about becoming fluent in Turkish later.
How to find a job in Turkey?
You can start looking at useful job listing websites.
- Google: When you start looking for a job, a simple Google search can be a good start. Research the type of job you would like to do, for example ‘Arab tutor in Gaziantep’ or ‘Delivery driver in Ankara’. Use the language you feel most comfortable with. Do not stop at the first pages and deepen your research. You’ll get an immediate idea of what’s around you and which job websites best suit your needs.
- Facebook Jobs: can also be an option to start seeing what’s around you. You can also ask in the Facebook groups which are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your broader interests.
- Kariyer.net is perhaps the most popular Turkish job search site. It’s only in Turkish.
- Indeed is one of the most popular job sites in Turkey. It is written in Turkish.
- Yenibiris A job search site in Turkey.
- Eleman.net Another very popular job site in Turkish.
- Jooble is also quite a large website.
- Mitule is another classifieds platform with a careers section.
- sahibinden.com is one of the most popular classified shopping platforms in Turkey and the world, where individuals and businesses buy and sell a wide range of products and services. It also has good job offers. It’s free for anyone looking for a job.
- Secret CV Turkey For help finding work in Turkey,
- Learn4Good.com Includes job postings,
- Iskur Job Postings is also a valid job posting resource.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Security Website can be used as a reference when in doubt about your Labor Law and Labor Law in Turkey: can be a good source of knowledge for many topics related to labor law.
A popular resource if you need to build your resume can be Resume Builder.