How to look for work in Istanbul


There are some international companies that have offices in Istanbul. Some prime examples of such companies include Intel and Daimler. Turkey is also known for its textile production so this is an interesting field to venture in. IT and consumer goods development are two other growing markets. Most international vacancies require English though knowledge of the local language will be advantageous.

Newspapers, employment websites and employment agencies are the most important ways of landing a job in Istanbul. Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool. So if you're already in the city, speak to the natives and build a contact network to help you find the job you’re looking for.

Below are some resources that will help you in your job hunt for Istanbul.

CV, cover letter and interview

Write a Turkish CV in the third person singular. Tape it in chronological order on one, maximum two pages in a direct factual style, which only gives the facts and figures.

The aim of your Turkish CV should be to persuade recruiters to invite you for a job interview. Therefore, keep it brief yet give the reader a hook, a reason to call you for that interview. Your covering letter should note more than 3-4 paragraphs. It is increasingly more common in Istanbul to apply for a job through the Internet. However, you should be aware that an electronic CV does not look the same as a standard one. CVs are often scanned by employers, so make your CV scannable by avoiding for example lines or italic fonts etc. It's always best to back it up with an old fashioned snail mail pack.

During the interview, you will have to describe and explain your experience noted in your CV. Avoid talking about the salary at the first interviews and wait for the company to offer you the position before you raise the subject.

Update 12/06/2014


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