Finding a job in Sofia, Bulgaria

Is it mission impossible to find a decent job in Sofia? Here are our tips what to work in the capital of Bulgaria (EU) 

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Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria with so many job opportunities
Finding a decent job is never easy and sometimes can be really stressful. It almost is the same story if you live or plan to relocate in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

Since Bulgaria is in the Europian Union for quite some time probably you would expect it to be civilized and in good order, even in the recruitment and employment sector. Well... you may be surprised but Sofia is very far from being a good example for all of you job seekers. 

Negative trends in Sofia's employment market

Here are few major problems we found while researching the challenging process of finding a job in the capital of Bulgaria and one of the biggest cities in the Balkan region:
  • Labor market is not well regulated - even though there are authorities who at least on paper take care an monitor the labor market, it is a whole different story out there. Regulations do not apply for everyone and it is often heard that corruption is a big factor for success (what a surprise, nah).
  •  Disloyal recruitment process - it is a common practice in Sofia (and not only there) that recruiters are pushed to find quality work force in a very short time span. Being in a rush to get a bonus or commission from each hired person, these same recruiters are willing to hire people that are totally not suit for the job - friends, relatives etc. In this case your good qualification and experience wouldn't matter at all, which is really a shame.
  • Shameful practices - there are very bad practices in the recruitment process which really stand out mostly in the private sector in Sofia. We've heard stories when people are hired on sexual/gender, race, age and other related characteristics. For example, company owners very often hire young and beautiful girls without any work experience whatsoever. And not only they hire them but would expect some 'favors' in return.

    Of course that is not valid for all companies and there are good ones as well. Still many people believe this is a common practice in Bulgaria.
     

Top positions to apply for in Sofia

But enough said for the negatives. There are many positive things Sofia's labor market that will motivate job seekers to even relocate there. We can say it is a vastly growing city and expanding market as well with good professionals in many different technologies.

If you are currently trying to find a job in Sofia, here are some top employment markets and positions that you need to check there:
  • Call Center Agent
  • Team manager
  • Human Resources / Recruitment employee
  • Vendor consultant
  • Support staff
  • Sales Representative
  • Builder / Installer
  • Software developer 
  • Truck driver
  • Doctor/dentist

Best malls in Sofia


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Well, these are just some hits that we are going to start with for the job seekers in Sofia. If you already have some experience in Bulgaria, we will be more than happy to hear your first hand experience and recommendations.

In the next article expect some advice for the best work from home positions in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For Bulgarian job hunters we would recommend to check this job guide (in Bulgarian language).

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