Our new Careers website

For 13 years, we’ve shoehorned information into our Careers website in an attempt to answer all of your questions about working at Publix.

The result?  An encyclopedia on why this is a great place to work and how to join the family.

The problem? Trying to find the exact piece of information you needed among the 200 pages on the site.

The solution?  We’ve launched a new Careers website at http://www.publix.jobs/.  The look is cleaner and simpler, so we hope you can find what you need more quickly.

The new site went live last week, but this is the first public announcement.  We want to hear feedback first from our loyal followers of this blog, our Publix Careers Facebook page, our @PublixJobs Twitter account and our Publix LinkedIn page.

So please browse the new site and send your feedback to patti.breckenridge@publix.com with the subject line “New Site Feedback.”  Let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and what we can add to the site to make it better.

Your opinion is greatly valued!

Using the Web to Advance Your Career

The Internet has become an invaluable tool for job seekers, and even for people content where they are but curious about other opportunities.  

Let me walk you through several Internet tools to use to your advantage.

Major job boards – These are websites that post job openings across many industries and locations.  Here is a list of the 15 most popular job boards of this kind.

Niche job boards – Then there are websites that specialize in posting openings for specific industries, geographic areas or demographic groups.  Here are some examples:

Social Media – You can find jobs on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  Publix uses all three to post openings and offer career advice.

Search Engines – Many employers are using strategies that allow you to find their job postings by using keywords on a search engine.  For example, if you typed “Industrial Maintenance Jobs in Tampa” into Google, you would see our openings on the second page.  You may not have even thought about Publix being a company that needs a lot of people in that field. 

Career advice – There is a wide variety of career advice on the web, helping you with resume preparation, interview tips, and salary negotiation.  This is one of the best sites to visit, but there are many others.

Company Research – Last but not least, the web is a great place to look for companies that might be a good fit for your career. 

  • Every year, FORTUNE magazine lists the 100 Best Places to Work.  Here is this year’s list. 
  • This site provides all kinds of information about employers
  • Use LinkedIn to see if you have any connections at the company you are researching.  Your connections may provide valuable behind-the-scenes information.

Twenty-five years ago, job seekers didn’t have all of this information at their fingertips.  Don’t make a decision as important as where you spend hours of your life (at work) without doing your homework on the web.

Which Publix stores are hiring right now?

This is a question we hear daily, and for good reason.  When people want to work in our stores, they want to know where and what the openings are.

The most critical openings are posted on our Careers website .

They are also posted on our Careers Facebook page .

These are usually positions that require some experience in cake decorating, meat cutting, baking or food preparation.  Right now we have 65 positions on our Critical Openings list.  They include:

  • Bakers
  • Cake Decorators
  • Deli Clerks
  • Grocery Clerks
  • Meat Clerks
  • Meat Cutters
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Wine Specialists

Since we have more than 1,000 stores, there are many more openings than the ones we publish on the Critical Openings list.   Why aren’t all of them listed there?  Here’s why:  They change constantly – too fast for us to capture and publish before they are filled.  When Store Managers need help finding applicants for a certain position, they alert our recruiters and we post the information on our Critical Openings list.  But when Store Managers have a lot of active applications for an opening, they move quickly to interview and hire the best candidates.

So if you’re looking for an opportunity to work at a Publix store, here is my advice:

  • Go to the Job Application Center kiosk in the Publix store where you most want to work.   You will need 30-40 minutes to complete the application process.  The JAC, as we call it, is usually at the front of the store.  If you can’t find it, any store associate can show you where it is.
  • After applying, go to the Customer Service desk and ask to speak with a manager.  Then briefly explain why you would make a great Publix associate.  Ask what openings there are in the store, but please know that not every manager will know about every opening in the store.  If you want to, go speak to the manager in the department where you most want to work.
  • Your application can be seen at other Publix stores in the area.  So feel free to stop by some of those stores to talk with managers there about your interest in working for our company.
  • You will only be called if a manager wants to interview you.  We receive nearly 2 million applications per year for about 50,000 openings, so we unfortunately can’t call everyone.

Yes, it takes some initiative to get noticed.  And even that doesn’t guarantee an interview.  But if you want to work for one of the best companies in the world, I believe you will consider these steps well worth the effort.