Hi to everyone, my name is Amber, I’m British and live in TRNC.
I’ve been asked to set up a direct sales company in Turkey for a UK firm looking to tap into the Turkish market.
I don’t speak any Turkish but the Sales people I hire will need to, as well as perfect English in order to be able to understand me whilst training them.
Where does anyone kind enough to be reading this post suggest I look for these bi lingual employees, typically between 21 and 30? I won’t be using recruitment consultants as the ones in the UK are bad enough and wouldn’t spot a sales professional in a million years. Plus I prefer to train highly motivated, enthusiastic people from scratch myself.
Next, does anyone think, since the majority of this company’s clients will be Men, there might be any prejudice, from Men towards Female Sales people over the phone. Do Turkish Men on the whole take Women seriously and concentrate on the message rather than the messenger? The Women will be offering advice and guidance amongst other things.
Finally, does anyone know a good list brokerage? A Turkish Dun and Bradstreet if you will, that will sell lists of names and telephone numbers. I can get them from the USA but would rather buy from the source. Just high net wealth individuals, incomes over £200k, Boat owners, stock market investors and things like that. Plus lists of e.mail addresses.
I have a great accountant and the Legal legwork done, plus the Universities here in TRNC gagging to send people for interviews. But the leads situation and the sex discrimination issues are troubling me. I’ve noticed a general lack of respect towards Women in the 5 years I’ve been here and the thought of training 10 guys and 10 Ladies over a month, only for the Ladies to crash and burn, is not a pleasant one. I can’t afford to launch a social experiment at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds, nor can I change the culture. So I have to be guided by friends and people in the know.
The people on this forum seem friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and I would be most grateful for any guidance a reader may be kind enough to offer me.