Attracting global talent
Turkey hopes to become a hub for professional talent across the world, head of human resources at the Turkish presidency, Professor Salim Atay, told Anadolu Agency on Saturday. Atay is spearheading a career fair in Johannesburg where 15 Turkish companies are meeting with young South African students and graduates whom they aim to offer employment or internship opportunities. “We have received an overwhelming response in South Africa. More than 1,000 people applied to attend our Talent for Biz career fair where employers will be offering either jobs or internships to successful candidates,” he said in a brief interview.
Some of the Turkish companies at the career fair include Turkish Airlines, Turkcell, Vakif Bank and TIKA, Aselsan, Yunus Emre Institute, Turkiye Maarif, Defacto. Arcelik, TUBITAK and TABIP (Academic and scientific Cooperation project of Turkey) are on
the recruitment drive. Also present at the fair were NETAS, Teknopark Istanbul and Turkish Aerospace.
Human resources officials from these companies held interviews with would be employees at a hotel in Johannesburg. Atay said he hopes the recruitment will further deepen bilateral relations between South Africa and Turkey. The Talent for Biz career fair is sponsored by the Turkish presidency’s human resource department and organized by the Career and Talent Management Association. Dr. Fuat Erdal of the Career and Talent Management Association said they were encouraged by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to start their talent recruitment process in South Africa because “it’s the gateway to the African continent.”
Turkey’s ambassador, Elif Comoglu Ulgen, said she believes the Turkish and South African cultures are similar and those recruited to work in Turkey will easily adapt to the environment.