Who can provide references?


  • References are required especially when the selection is for management positions.
  • In Western world, this is a common practice with pretty standardized procedure except for the USA. Very often the American employers reject to provide references due to the number of cases in which employees, provided with unsatisfactory recommendations, file suit against employers.
  • In Bulgaria references are provided orally or in writing. They normally have little or no impact at all on the hiring decision. This is especially true when candidates are applying to a Bulgarian company.
  • Two extremes are observed on the market:
    • Common practice is to have:
      • Extremely positive written references, often prepared by the candidates themselves, which describes them without any shortcomings
      • Very negative, usually orally provided reference (though the latter may have worked for the company for more than 5 years)

Some tips on references:

  • The most suitable sources of references are:
    • Former employers HR Manager, General Manager or the direct supervisor. References from peers are not accepted well
    • Former or present professors usually for recent graduates and youngsters
    • Public figures a reference from a well known public figure or from acquaintance of yours - mentor, trainer, client, etc.
  • The best form of references: Oral reference has bigger impact than written
  • Some technical tips:
    • Wherever you have a traineeship, study work, etc. always try to obtain a reference upon successful completion of the assignment
    • In Bulgaria employers tend to view references provided by foreigners more favorably
    • The reference must be neither too short, nor too long to one page.
    • Normally the reference should have the following structure:
      • Introduction for how long and in what capacity has the referent known the referee
      • Body objective and in-depth analyses of the personality and the job-related characteristics; not only positive features but also some areas for development should be stated in order to make the reference credible
      • Close whether the referent recommends the candidate for new assignments
    • In many cases multi-national companies have standardized forms for references, which they provide to referents

Request for References Letter


Dimitar Avramov
34 Pravda St.
Sofia 1212
Tel: 0489 23 23 23
E-mail: avramovd@mail.net

12 October 2000

Ilian Iliev
Managing Director
ABS Advertising

Dear Mr. Iliev

By this letter I would like to ask you for assistance in my pursuit of employment in the field of brand management cosmetics.

I am currently applying for a Brand Manager position with big multinational producer of cosmetics. I have been short-listed after the first two rounds of interviews and now I have been asked to present references from past employers.

I consider my employment with ABS Advertising as one of my most valuable experiences in terms of professional expertise acquired, personal development and professional results achieved. For these reasons I would appreciate if you could provide me with a reference regarding my performance as Account Manager with ABS Advertising.

I will be grateful if you assist me in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards
Dimitar Avramov


Video Advice

Watch a few principal tips on how to be effective when looking for a job: Top

How ro read a job offer?

Dilyana IlievaSales specialistin JobTiger, advises to carefully read the titles, messages, and key words in a job posting. This will help you determine whether you have the right qualifications for the position or not.

How to manage your online image

Ivelina Atanasova a digital marketingspecialist advises job applicants how to monitor and manage their online presence and build a positive image online.

Pavel Hadzhiev about the creative approaches in finding a job

Creative approaches in finding a new job a lecture of Pavel Hadzhiev, Recruitment manager in JobTiger, where he shared specific examples and the latest innovations and approaches in the search for better opportunities.


ITCD 2024 Employers
Zaplatomer Banner