Is it easy to find a job in Turkey?

Job search

It is best if you already have a job before arriving in Turkey. Not only for your own peace of mind, but also to have plenty of time for visa matters and permits. You can find jobs as an English teacher on online portals such as TEFL or Dave`s ESL café.

If you don't have a job when you arrive in Turkey, get ready for an adventure!

Part-time work in the tourism industry

Part-time positions, especially in the tourism industry (turizm) are available everywhere. To increase your chances of getting a job, it is best to arrive in March or April. This gives you plenty of time to find a job before the holiday season starts.

If you work in a big city, check out notices posted in youth hostels. Otherwise, go to bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs - anywhere that someone could possibly be looked for. And even if a company has not advertised any vacancies, it can still happen that the owner seizes the opportunity to hire a foreign employee.

Since the pay for such jobs is not particularly good, they are best for young people who are reluctant to save. For example, if you work in a bar, you will likely be making enough to pay your rent. But not any more.

Also, keep in mind that many such part-time positions are paid in cash, so employers will not require work visas. Usually this is not a big problem (the Turkish police have to deal with very serious immigration problems). But it does mean that in most cases you are illegally employed and therefore cannot expect any protection from dishonest employers.

Teach English in Turkey

If you can't get a job as a teacher before you leave for Turkey, you will likely have to introduce yourself to schools and ask about vacancies. The best positions (in terms of school and salary) require a suitable degree and teaching experience. But there are also jobs for less qualified applicants.

If you think your qualifications may not be enough, give one a try dershanes (Private school). Take your passport with you, a copy of your diploma, your teaching qualification (if you have one), your résumé and a passport photo. The dershanes often employ teaching staff without official teaching qualifications.

You can also ask for a job at one of the numerous language schools in Turkey. While some language schools require an official teaching qualification, others are satisfied with a university degree and an open-minded manner.

As with part-time positions, many (mostly smaller) language schools do not apply for a work visa. In such a case, you have to leave and re-enter the country every three months to be able to stay legally in Turkey.

Don't forget to ask for your work visa before accepting a job.

Other jobs in Turkey

Other jobs are harder to find once you are in Turkey. If you would like to work as a nanny or au pair, online portals such as Anglo-Nanny (knowledge of English required!) Can help you. Nannies are paid relatively well (compared to jobs in the catering industry) and they usually get room and board from their Turkish families. A long working day is usually required for this. The demands here differ from employer to employer.

You can find numerous job offers, including in companies and technical professions, on Turkey Joblink (

Finally, take a look at the relevant categories in magazines especially for emigrants, such as Land of Lights, which are more location-based (Land of Lights has Fethiye as its target group).

By Just Landed

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