how to get job in turkey

How to get a job in Turkey? A quick guide for foreigners and Turkish people

If you have already a work permit, or you are Turkish or a Turkish Cypriot, you can just go down to see how to find a job in Turkey.
If you don’t have a work permit, the first thing you need to do is to find a job. So go down to see how to find a job in Turkey.


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 get a work permit on your own. To get a job in Turkey, you need to have a job offer first. An employer, or a consultancy company, or a work agency should apply for a work visa in your name, once they have decided to employ you.
If you are abroad, you can apply through the local Turkish consulate to get your work visa. If you are in Turkey, your boss applies, together with you, for your work permit.
If you need a short visa to visit Turkey and see around, look at this article on how to apply for a visa for Turkey


The two good news are that:

  • once you get a job offer, it should not be difficult to get a visa, and
  • in most cases, the work permit stays with you even if you lose the job.

So focus on finding a job and all the rest should be easy.

Can you work in Turkey without knowing Turkish?

It depends on the work you are looking for. Some people will tell that you will have no chance of getting to work without learning Turkish unless you are qualified to teach English or some other language that is widely taught in Turkey. Some other people will tell you that they lived and worked for years in Turkey with just enough Turkish to order at a restaurant or to get a taxi.
If an employer is interested in hiring you from 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.

That said, knowing a little bit of the Turkish language will definitely help you to find work on Turkish job websites. Check out Babbel to start learning Turkish.

How to find a Job in Turkey? 

You can start looking around at some useful job listing websites.

  • Google: when you start job hunting, a simple google search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, for example, “Arabic tutor in Gaziantep” or “Delivery driver in Ankara”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.
  • Facebook Jobs: can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests.
  • Kariyer.net is maybe the most popular Turkish job search site. It is only in Turkish. 
  • Indeed is one of the most popular job sites in Turkey. It is written in Turkish.
  • Yenibiris A Turkey job search site. 
  • Eleman.net  Another very popular job site in Turkish.
  • Jooble is also quite a big website.
  • Mitula is another classified ads platform with a section about careers.
  • Sahibinden.com is one of the most popular shopping classified platforms in Turkey, and in the world,  where people and businesses buy and sell a wide range of stuff and services. It has good job listings as well. It’s free for everyone looking for a job.
  • Secret CV Turkey For help in finding work in Turkey, 
  • Learn4Good.com Includes job listings,  
  • İşkur is available in Turkish and English, for other languages you will have to Google Translate the website. İşkur is the website of the national employment agency of Turkey. it has offices in all the provincial capitals. While it is focused on Turkish workers, you can find jobs in any given province. In most cases, it would be a necessity to be able to speak basic Turkish, but it’s definitely somewhere to look for opportunities.
    Iskur Job Postings https://iskurisilanlari.com/ 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 right 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 cv can be CVmaker.

Jobs in Turkey you can do

Part-time work 

The part-time work is available throughout Turkey, especially in tourism (tourism). You won’t be well-paid for this kind of job, and as a result, it’s better for those young people who don’t want to save. For example, if you’re working in a bar, you might get paid enough for your rent.

Note also that many part-time jobs pay in cash and employers will not be sponsoring work visas. Although this is usually not an issue, you should be conscious that you can work in certain cases. Also, you should not any expect protection from dishonest employers.

Teaching English in Turkey 

In case you are not able to secure a teaching job before you arrive in Turkey. Then you will need to visit schools in person to ask about openings. You must have advanced degrees and certifications for teaching to get the best jobs.

Try visiting some private schools if you feel your qualifications may be lacking. Make sure you have your passport, a copy of your degree, a teaching certificate, and a resume.
Also, Dershanes recruits teachers without formal teaching certifications.

If you are looking for English teacher jobs online then use a website like  TEFL and Dave´s ESL Cafe that offers up-to-date listings of open positions. 

Bakiciburada is a very popular site for find work as a caregiver.

Other ways on how to get a job in Turkey

Networking

Have a strong network with ex-pats or Turkish professionals. You can ask both Turkish and ex-pat friends for a job opening in their companies. 

You can join business groups on LinkedIn and other networking sites. Also, go to meetings and events where you can meet other Turkish professionals. 

  • in your area or about the kind of job you wan to find or for people that speak the same language.

Work Independently By Starting Your Own Business 

Turkey’s labor laws require an employer to receive an individual work permit in Turkey. This option is only for someone who has resided legally in Turkey for at least five years. The intends to start a business that will benefit the Turkish economy.

For freelance working:

Like working online, the issue seems to involve the legal definition of “working in Turkey.” 

https://armut.com/

From the legal advice, we have received, if you don’t get paid in Turkey or cut invoices in Turkey. Or if you are not performing tasks for a specific person or company in Turkey for pay. In that case, you are not “working in Turkey.” 

There are no cases where this legal advice is tested. This is completely based on legal opinions and not on legal precedents. 

Joining a friend

You will meet in Turkey with small business owners. Who asks you to be a partner. It is generally wrong for someone with whom you don’t know well to enter into a business relationship. Particularly when it comes to paying money into a Turkish business.

Everything will go well, but as compared to your Turkish partner you will have a major downside. And your Turkish partner has a fair chance that your money isn’t your involvement. You may have a bad experience until your money is spent.

Turks can be very helpful and adorable. More than you used. And it is not uncommon for a Turk to only speak about their business. And with positive aspects while not keeping important negative details. 

You might be interested in our article on how to get a work permit in Turkey.


The cover photo above is of a woman working with a laptop in Turkey. Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash.

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