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Hey there!

I wrote this bio for one reason. What is it? Simple: The only emails I look forward to getting are from people who I feel I know personally.

There’s nothing worse than a steady stream of resumes and cover letters flooding your inbox!

A CV and a cover letter are meaningless if the talents and skills listed cannot be backed up by real, tangible evidence to prove that the candidate will be contributing to the business from day one!

We live in the information age.  Thanks to internet, all the tools we need to succeed in anything at all are available to us readily, only if we can be resourceful enough to put them together for fun and profit!

Today, I am putting the skills I learned online to demonstrate to you, my potential mentor / leader, that I GET IT.

Where am I coming from?

I can give you a background on who I am and where I’m coming from.  However, I’ve never successfully explained to anyone how my diversified background can be an asset to their company culture.  Do I have experience?  Yes.  Is it diversified?  More so than you can imagine!  But wait, this can be a good thing…

First off, I worked in the U.S., during the times when the first start up boom and crash occurred.  This lack of stability scared me.  So what did I do?  I moved to Istanbul to work for the U.S. Government as a DEA assistant.

Just to put the image of me performing undercover operations targeting highly dangerous drug smuggling syndicates out of your head, I was busy with processing invoices, reporting and allocating the office budget, sending out sensitive cables, translating, functioning as a liaison between Turkish officials, media and the American officials and taking care of personnel reporting for the DEA Special Agents in the office.

Waking up on my entrepreneurial side!

Then one day, I woke up to the thought that there’s a whole world out of the American Consulate work for me.  How far could I go with filling out paperwork and reporting ?  I was just contracted help with Turkish language skills.  True, I had excellent opportunities rubbing elbows with U.S. senators, Turkish celebrities, and Mr Obama but personally, I had hit the glass ceiling.

What did I do next?  I was starting to see Istanbul as a great location for both Europeans and Middle Eastern country residents to visit.  The location couldn’t be more perfect!  Also, every once in a while you would hear about world renowned eye surgeons performing Lasik for quarter of the price Western surgeons would charge.

My eyes were opening up to some of the possibilities of the internet to reach people.  So I got together with the wife of my dentist to set up a health tourism website.  Patients looking for dental, cosmetic, and eye surgeries not covered by their social healthcare in Europe could find us on the web; we’d pass the leads to the clinics and make money.

The big move

However, then my brother got engaged.  He’d been living in Sydney as a skilled immigrant (CCIE certified network engineer) for some time and I thought I’d take some time off to visit him.

I ended up meeting my boyfriend, who is both an inspiration and an Australian.  He is also very much tied down to his job and will not consider leaving Australia.

A whirlwind of Australian jobs

I was initially on the work and holiday visa, which allowed me full time work in Australia for one year.

My very first Australian job was with a Turkish-Australian fashion-retailer.  I jokingly say the devil wears [insert Western suburbs fashion brand name here], because my boss, a well-liked generous person who contributes and sponsors Turkish- Australian cultural activities, was a complete different person at work.  There were often shouting matches and pointing the finger type of blame games going on in the company that assured a tense atmosphere every moment.

Recruitment agency run-around

After having had two months on the job at the ‘fashion’ retailer, all the while learning MYOB, entering inventory and sales, I quit.  I just could not take my boss being rude and abusive to others, even though he was on good terms with me.

I thought there are many recruitment agencies in Australia, why not register with them?  I couldn’t possibly get a worse job than the one I had.

Not knowing the who’s who of Australia and which recruitment companies would work best with my skillsets, I wasted time going to interviews which didn’t amount to anything!

A job interview is a great opportunity to practice your sales pitch.  You are marketing your personal services after all.  What many workers lose sight of is the fact that they have to earn their keep and make the company money.

First mindset experience

Finally, after stints with doing face to face marketing and other odd jobs, I finally had a proper office job doing data entry for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.  Then I got another temporary job at TAB assisting with putting together motivational training materials out of the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.

This was the first time I became exposed to the motivational education brand of training and I took the material I was preparing to heart and learned that you can never give up.  Complaining and being negative never solves anything.  It just makes people avoid you.

I wanted to be one of the highly effective people and wanted to try different approaches every time when confronted with adversity.

It’s funny, the more you stand up in the face of adversity and show willingness to go on, the more followers you find supporting you and cheering for you.

Finally…A long term job

I had my first long contract working for CBRE as a facilities management assistant at the AT&T building in North Sydney.

Finally, I knew I had some stability.  This was a six month contract.  What could go wrong?  Facilities management was something I knew a bit about and being an assistant, I would just follow instructions and go about my business.  It shouldn’t be difficult, I thought.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I worked for the facilities manager who had no plan or method about her.  She did tasks as she remembered to do them, sometimes calling me at the office at 5:30, just as I was about to leave, to have me a do a budget sheet that would take 2 hours to complete.  On top of it all, she was abusive emotionally and verbally.

I had never met anyone like her.  I felt sorry for her above all because she was pushing everyone away by being bossy and pushy and she had no idea!  She thought she was charming and a delight to be around.

And bringing us to date…

I got my current job with Home Loan Experts, through a contact in Toastmasters.  Toastmasters is a great way to hone your communication skills, be part of an international community, network and, yes to find a job!

Anyways, Home Loan Experts is where I fell in love with internet marketing and property investing.

However, as is always the case with small businesses, there’s no guarantee that your job will not be impacted by the economic climate.  The rough weather in the finance world left me in the sea as I struggle to sink or swim my way to the right vessel.

Marketer, writer, seminar enthusiast

First and foremost, I’m a writer.  I’ve enjoyed communicating on paper ever since I picked up my first pencil and connected it with a piece of paper.  I was hooked.  When I learned to read, I really started picking up on the powerful spell the magic of words had on shaping ideas that caught on like wildfire.  This was in the days before the prevalence of internet.  I don’t need to tell you how much of a catalyst internet has become in firing the hottest trends and in some cases, revolutions!

Secondly, I’m a property investment and wealth building enthusiast who attends seminars indiscriminately!  I have been to financial planners events on SMSF and NRAS.  I have attended evenings hosted by Custodian WealthBuilders’ John Fitzgerald, Stuart Zadel’s TGR Steve McKnight’s informative sessions and Positive Real Estate’s property investors night on the booming mining economy and how this is shaping the way people are investing in property.

I have met many like-minded property investors and forged bonds with some of the people giving talks on these seminars on excellent products like Investar.

Going forward

Too junior, too senior, never right! This has always been the challenge for me in my job search.  Too junior, or too senior, or not enough years in a particular industry, is what I keep hearing.  So, what should I do?  Give up my hopes and dreams of making it marketing to go back to some government job in the U.S. or Turkey?  No, I’ve set out to prove to you with tangible evidence, yes, I can do the work.

Why Australia?

So why am I wanting to stay in Australia?  I can go to the U.S. or Turkey or maybe some other part of the world that catches my fancy.  Why am I insisting on staying in Australia?  As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve found my inspiration in Australia.  My boyfriend lives here and so does my brother.

I love the culture and the climate in Australia.  Living in Sydney is such a treat with being only within a half hour of some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world.  It also doesn’t hurt that there is no shortage of some of the most colourful species of birds and plants I’ve ever seen, to brighten my day.

I still have not seen the best of what the business world in Australia has to offer but I’m adamant in finding this out!

Seeking a leader

To paraphrase a Turkish proverb, ‘don’t get a job, get a leader’.


In all reality, I will settle for a job as I have a couple of weeks before my 457 visa expires.

However, if I’ve learned anything about mindset, it is precisely this: when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  I hope I am ready.

Any help is much appreciated.


4 responses »

  1. Despite the cost of living, I really do love the mix that is Sydney. I’ve had the great pleasure of having spent a total of about 8 weeks in the greater Sydney area over the last couple of years. I’m hoping very much to return for another stay next August as part of my round-the-world journey.

    I’m becoming obsessed with visiting Istanbul, especially with my German-Turkish friends. If I’m fortunate, I also hope to visit Istanbul with them next fall.

    I’m looking forward to following you on your blog!

    • Hi! and thank you for the comment! Istanbul is a great place to visit for observation of crossroads of Asia and Europe with traces of the Ottoman Empire style orientalism thrown into the mix. You will not be disappointed!
      I also recomment Fatih Akin movies like ‘Gegen Die Wand” for a glimpse into the attitudes of some Turks living in Germany and their relationship with the ‘old country’.

  2. I lived in Newtown for 6 months. This makes me miss it! And you already know I love Istanbul, although haven’t actually lived there yet….one day!


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