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Working in Bulgaria - Advice & Tips


Expatriate Affairs Consultant Nannette Ripmeester tells you below what it takes to get a job in one of the new European Union member states.

Job hunting in Bulgaria

The most important advice when looking for work in Bulgaria is simply not to wait for job positions to be advertised, seek opportunities by networking with people. Hereby, make use of any contacts, which can prove to be of help in offering suggestions on how to make your job search successful.

The Application Letter

In general a letter of application should create enough interest to make the potential employer want to look at your application in more detail and hopefully invite you for an interview. Your application letter, however, should not provide too much information about experience and qualifications; this will be provided in your CV.

Application letters are in general conservative in style and often still hand written.

The Curriculum Vitae

Of great relevance is the way your resume is presented, it is therefore advisable to revise your resume so that it focuses on your goals and strengths. When applying for different job positions, you will need to personalise your resume to match each position you apply for.

The Application Procedure

You should realise that interviews are the most important part of the application procedure in Bulgaria. It is important to look interested, therefore ask questions during the interview. It is good to provide examples to prove your achievements.

Never sit until invited in an application interview in Bulgaria. Do not forget to bring copies of your diplomas and references to the interview and never criticise former employers. Furthermore, do not exaggerate, but stay calm and stick to the facts.

If we got you thinking on Bulgaria think about ordering the guide ''Looking for work in Eastern Europe''.

About the author

Looking for work in Eastern EuropeNannette Ripmeester is the expatriate affairs consultant to several multinational companies, which she advises regarding the strategy of international assignments and the practical implementation around expat issues.  Ripmeester started her international career at the European Commission, has worked on a project basis in 17 countries and is founder and Managing Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility (
She is co-author of a series of country-specific guides, the guide "Looking for work in Eastern Europe", (ISBN-13: 978-90-5896-067-2) is part of that series of guides. To order this guide or other guides that will help you to secure the international job you want, visit our website:  As a reader of Eurograduate we offer you a 10% discount if you are your copy here.