Some of the most popular websites posting job vacancies on a daily basis are:
- Careers in Bulgaria
- NGO Portal – a good place to look for a job with an NGO
The National Employment Agency organizes job fairs for refugees and asylum-seekers several times a year. The Employment Agency contacts the State Agency for Refugees and sends information about suitable job offers on a regular basis. Then, SAR connects you/job seekers with employers whenever possible.
Local Labor Bureaus
You have the right to register at a Local Labor Bureau, which is a part of the National Employment Agency.
If you register:
- The bureau will inform you about available/suitable positions
- You can receive vocational training and Bulgarian language training as part of the National Program for Refugee Employment and Training
If you do not know how to contact the relevant Labor Bureau and enquire about your opportunities, contact a social worker at your reception/accommodation center. You have the right to get social and administrative support, and the social worker has a responsibility to help you and contact the bureau on your behalf.
Some recruitment agencies in Bulgaria:
Organizations that can help
Bulgarian Red Cross's Information and Integration Center: assistance in finding employment
Caritas Sofia’s St. Anna Center for Refugee and Migrant Integration: consultations and support for finding work
CVS Bulgaria: Employment for Inclusion job fair
Introducing refugees and asylum-seekers to potential employers
Workshops on how to write a good CV and motivation letter
Explanations of the Bulgarian labor laws, employees’ rights and obligations
Other useful information
Companies and organizations hiring refugees and asylum-seekers
Some non-governmental organizations regularly seek and hire asylum-seekers and beneficiaries of international protection as translators, interpreters, social mediators, caseworkers and so on. These organizations are:
Private sector companies:
- Telus International
- 60K International Contact Centers
- Aladin Foods Bulgaria
- Eurofoam Bulgaria OOD
- Mat Star Bulgaria
Currently, the IT, customer care and marketing sectors have a high demand for qualified personnel in Bulgaria. They also offer some of the most competitive salaries in the country.
Call centers seek people who speak Dari, Kurdish, Urdu, Pashto, and especially Arabic and Farsi, and have a good working knowledge of English.
Also, many Middle Eastern shops and restaurants in Sofia are often looking for new staff.
Self-employment remains a good option since entrepreneurship offers a lot of potential for economic success. Experience shows that being a foreigner in Bulgaria and having your own unique skills, knowledge and heritage can play an important part in setting up a successful business venture such as a shop, restaurant, or other.
For remote work, mainly in the IT sector, you will only need a computer and a stable Internet connection. You can find out more about remote positions from this Bulgarian jobs website.