Public body: Job Advice
If you want to get a job in Bulgaria but are not sure how then you are in the right place. Show energy and commitment during the recruitment process and get yourself armed with the right tools. After all, it is possible to find a dream job in Bulgaria. But it is important to plan it all thoroughly.
1. How to get a job in Bulgaria? It all starts with your resume or CV
All of us have done this at least once. Writing an engaging and eye-catching CV is not rocket science. You have only one chance to get noticed so make the most out of it. Layout and content are key. You want to highlight your relevant experience and skills starting with the most recent one. There are plenty of online resources however, I would recommend using Europass, the official EU website. It is quick and easy to use, there is a choice of three different templates with up to 19 typical sections to pick from. The two most popular remain “Work experience” and “Education and training”.
2. Use the tools that are available to you
LinkedIn is the professionals’ social network. It is a great place for you to connect with current and former colleagues and as you progress through your career your list of contacts would grow. Always keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, flag any professional qualifications, and relevant skills. Do not forget to set your job alerts for Bulgaria. This way LinkedIn will keep you posted with new job vacancies in Bulgaria when those match your search criteria. From personal experience, I was receiving about 25 jobs weekly, with the majority of them based in Sofia, and 8 out of 10 were advertised in English.
3. Job search for foreigners
Where do you start your job search? Jobs.bg is a popular website to start your search. There is also a mobile app you can download from Google Play and Apple App Store. No registration is required for a simple search query and both the website and app are also available in English. The key filters to use for a job search would be the languages and the location.
In the last 10 years, Bulgaria has turned into an outsourcing destination for big American and European companies. There are plenty of IT and accounting jobs available where salaries are well above the average and English is one of the two main languages alongside Bulgarian.
4. Do your homework
I cannot stress enough the importance of researching the company before applying for the job. This initial research would help you realise if you would be a good match for the company considering things like the company profile, culture, and employee initiatives on display on their website, online news, and other media. The next time you need to research the company well would be before your first interview. Among all other advantages, this will prove to the hiring manager and HR person that you really care about the prospects of joining the company and it would mean a great deal to you if you were offered the role.
5. Be confident and be yourself
One tip of advice from Aimee Eubanks Davis in this TED talk.
6. Access to Top employers
Top Employers Institute is an international independent organisation for verification and certification of best practices in the field of human resources. Established more than 30 years ago, the institute has certified over 2,000 organizations in 121 countries around the world. The institute program certifies organisations based on an in-depth analysis of the results of a survey of employers’ practices. The analysis covers a total of 6 key areas in the field of HR, and over 20 topics, including HR strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, training, diversity, equality and inclusion, employees welfare, etc. Winning employers have always shown that they care about the development of their employees and with this, they collectively enrich the labor market.
7. And the 2023 HR Oscars go to…
Philip Morris Bulgaria -> https://www.pmi.com/careers
In Bulgaria, the company has more than 130 highly qualified employees who share the company’s values and vision for a smoke-free future.
Metro Bulgaria -> https://www.metro.bg/karieri
METRO Bulgaria is the largest wholesale company, working in the Bulgarian market since 1999, serving over 400 000 HoReCa, Traders & business customers. The company operates 11 stores with more than 2000 employees.
UniCredit Bulbank -> https://www.unicreditbulbank.bg/bg/za-nas/karieri/
UniCredit Bulbank is the leading bank in Bulgaria and a member of UniCredit, a successful Pan-European Commercial Bank.
Amadeus Bulgaria -> https://campaign.amadeus.com/sofia-labs-careers01
Amadeus Sofia is one of the key R&D centers of Amadeus, employing more than 300 tech professionals. The team in Bulgaria is focused not only on delivering an innovative and attractive end-to-end solution to corporations, but on providing solutions for rail operations, plus end-to-end support across projects serving billions of passengers, and optimizing the way travel agencies are working all over the world.
Billa Bulgaria -> https://www.billa.bg/za-billa/billa-kato-rabotodatel
BILLA Bulgaria is the first international supermarket chain in the Bulgarian market since 2000 when it opened its first store in Sofia. The chain is represented in 45 cities in the country with 145 stores.
HCL Tech -> https://www.hcltech.com/careers/Careers-in-Europe
HCLTech is a global technology company, with 219,000+ people across 54 countries, delivering industry-leading capabilities around digital, engineering, and cloud, powered by a broad portfolio of technology services and products.
Kamenitza -> https://jobs.molsoncoors.com/Kamenitza/?locale=bg_BG
Kamenitza AD is one of the leading brewing companies in Bulgaria, part of Molson Coors – one of the world’s biggest brewers. The company is a pioneer of the beer industry in the country with 142 years of experience, history, and traditions.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Bulgaria -> https://www.konicaminolta.bg/bg-bg/career/job-list
A 140-year-old startup: that’s how Konica Minolta likes to define herself, a Japanese multinational that offers cutting-edge services and technologies for printing, data and process digitization, and intelligent video surveillance for prevention and automation of companies.