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Turkish businesses challenged by talent shortage

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Business TeamIstanbul, 14 November 2011 - As the Turkish economy continues to grow and the business environment becomes increasingly favourable for international companies, Turkey's HR professionals face a shortfall in the critical-skills talent* amid increasing competition.

(Media-Newswire.com) - Istanbul, 14 November 2011 - As the Turkish economy continues to grow and the business environment becomes increasingly favourable for international companies, Turkey's HR professionals face a shortfall in the critical-skills talent amid increasing competition. According to research conducted by Towers Watson and Peryön, the Turkish Personnel Management Association, the talent shortage stems from gaps in education, a mismatch in skills and a lack of experience in key areas; and is exacerbated by increased demand.

Expats raise Turkey quake funds

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Expats raise Turkey quake fundsJapanese volunteers living in Istanbul held a gathering Monday to serve to raise funds for people affected by major quakes near the eastern Turkish city of Van last month and earlier this month.

Several hundred people, including Japanese expatriates and locals, participated in the gathering, which helped deepen ties between the two quake-prone countries.

Turkey lacks oil but not entrepreneurs

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Turkey lacks oil but not entrepreneursThe rapidly growing Turkish economy has to find new and sustainable financing instruments to support entrepreneurs to elevate the country’s competitiveness, the head of Turkey’s top business association said yesterday.

“The biggest resource of the country may not be oil but its entrepreneurial spirit,” Rıfat Hisarcıklıoğlu, chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), told participants at the Global Entrepreneurship meeting in Istanbul. “Turkey’s biggest advantage is its young entrepreneurs.”

5 Reasons Turkey is an easy country for expats

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Having spent over a year traveling around Southeast Asia, Nepal, and India, I was always on the lookout for a place where I might stop and settle down for more than a couple months at a time. Arriving in Turkey almost 3 months ago, I’ve discovered it has a unique set of conditions that makes it very easy and very friendly for potential expats.

Working from my laptop as I do, I can go wherever there’s a good Internet connection. Turkey has very good speeds with much cheaper and easier availability compared to Western Europe, but the country also has many things that others I’ve visited lack.

MET opens new Ottoman galleries

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MET opens new Ottoman galleriesOne of New York’s most famous museums has opened a number of new Ottoman galleries, naming two of the new venues after the Koç family.

“The New York ‘Met’ [Metropolitan Art Museum] is one of America’s top fine art institutions,” Rahmi Koç, the honorary president of Koç Holding, said at the recent opening of the galleries. “It is one of the best art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 3 million objects covering virtually every era and culture and attracting more than 5 million visitors each year.”

Turkey's official jobless rate down to 9.1 percent

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Turkey's official jobless rate down to 9.1 percentTurkey's unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in the three months to August from 10.6 percent in the same period last year, official data showed on Monday, AFP reported.
The number of jobless fell by 273,000 people to reach 2.509 million on a 12-month comparison, the statistics institute said on the basis of a survey of about 42,353 people.
Turkey's economy had staged a spectacular recovery from the global crisis, growing 8.9 percent in 2010.

 

Hitting the Job Market with both English & Turkish Versions of Your Resume

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Hitting the Job Market with both English & Turkish Versions of Your ResumeFor most of us September is the month that marks the end of summer, start of new school year and hope for new work opportunities. Some of us act fast and begin job search right away, some others procrastinate and postpone looking for career opportunities until the weather feels winter-like in October. If you're one of these October starters, you might like to hear out an expat's September impressions on hitting the job market in Turkey.

'Double Crescent': 'Art From Istanbul and New Orleans'

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Double Crescent: Art From Istanbul and New Orleans514 West 24th Street, Chelsea
Through Saturday
This large show of young artists from two international port cities was put together by Dan Cameron, curator of both the 2003 Istanbul Biennial and the Prospect.2 Biennial, which opens on Saturday in New Orleans. His mix here seems less concerned with thematic coherence than with highlighting work he finds interesting, like Bruce Davenport Jr.’s annotated drawings of New Orleans marching bands, and Ali Kazma’s videos of office workers turned into machines.

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