There are plenty of employment opportunities in Turkey if you have the right qualifications and know where to look.
What Kind of Job Can I Get in Turkey?
In Turkey, foreign language teachers are always in demand. So if you have a university degree and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, you can find work practically anywhere.
International companies frequently hire non-Turkish citizens not just for their technical skills but also for their knowledge of their own country's culture and language, if they do business with that country.
You can even find summer jobs available at various resorts and luxury hotels, especially if you have a skill or talent, such as knowledge of particular types of massage or even dancing or other forms of entertainment.
What Are the Rules for Foreigners Working in Turkey?
There are some general rules you should understand when seeking employment in Turkey.
- You must have a work permit to work in Turkey. If you work illegally, you'll be deported, and you and your employer will have to pay a hefty fine.
- You must find an employer, be offered a job, and accept it before you can get work permit. It's your employer who applies for your work permit, which is valid only for that employer.
- If you're already living in Turkey, you must live here with a residence permit for at least six months before you can get a work permit and start working.
- If you're not in Turkey, you can apply any time you want. Applying from outside of Turkey involves first getting a work visa to travel to Turkey, as your employer applies for your work permit.
- You can't be hired for a job if an equally qualified Turkish citizen can do it unless the employer has already hired five Turkish employees. For every five Turks, they can hire one foreigner. But if the employer requires some talent, skill, or ability that can't be found among eligible Turkish job applicants, you can be hired no matter how many Turks are employed.
Learn about the employment restrictions in Turkey.
Learn about the professions which are prohibited to foreigners.
What are the Best Employment Websites for Turkey?
There are many employment websites where employers are seeking foreign employees. Some focus on foreigners, others are in Turkish and focus on Turks. The Turkish websites are also worth checking, because there's an advertisement in English, it's directed at English-speaking job seekers. Here are the most popular employment websites offering jobs in Turkey:
- Dave's ESL Café: For English teachers, this is a great place to find a job, and also to get advice from other teachers about teaching in Turkey. You can also read reviews of various employers and get an idea of where you want to work and where you don't.
- İşkur: This is Turkey's national job bank, which has offices in all provincial capitals.
- Kariyer.net: Turkey job search site.
- Jobs in Istanbul: Specifically for native English-speakers.
- Yenibiris: A Turkey job search site.
- Craig's List Istanbul: Includes employment listings for Istanbul.
- Secret CV Turkey: For assistance in finding work in Turkey.
- Learn4Good.com Includes job listings.
- Career Jet Turkey Career Jet's Turkey jobs.
- Marmaris Recruitment: Recruits for many Turkish cities, not just Marmaris.
- MY Executive: For middle and upper-level management and professional positions in Turkey.
- Turkey Talent: find jobs by industry, professions, and locations across Turkey, including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and beyond.
- 444 İK Consulting: Job listings and a CV bank for job seekers.
How Else Can I Find a Job in Turkey?
Ask around. Walk into company offices and ask if they have a job for you. You never know when there's a job opening that hasn't been advertised. If they don't have any openings, they may know of other companies that are hiring.
Search Facebook for various groups with titles that include the name of the city where you want to work. Join up and participate, or just keep an eye on the group posts. From time to time, members of the group will post job announcements.
Go to group events and meet people. Let others know that you're looking for a job. Someone might give you the lead you've been looking for.
Check out LinkedIn.com. They have business groups in Turkey where you can learn about job openings.
What Happens After I'm Hired?
Once an employer has offered you a job and you've accepted, what happens next depends on whether you're outside of Turkey or inside Turkey.
If You Apply for a Job While Outside of Turkey
Once you have a job offer and have accepted it, you'll apply for a work visa at your local Turkish embassy or consulate. At the same time, your employer will apply to the Aile, Çalışma, ve Sosyal Hizmetler Bakanlığı (Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services) for your work permit, which should be ready for you when you arrive at your job site.
If You Apply for a Job While Inside Turkey
In this case, the employer will apply for a work permit for you. There's no need for a work visa since you're already in Turkey. But you must have already lived in Turkey for at least six months with a residence permit before you can apply for a job.
Learn how to apply for a work permit while in Turkey.