Handling rejection in your job hunt

We hire about 50,000 people a year across our company. Most of those job offers are for positions in our stores since store employees outnumber support associates by a margin of 12 to 1.

That’s great news for the 50,000 people we hire. It’s not good news for the more than 400,000 people we don’t select; they understandably are disappointed.
Some, in fact, are downright frustrated if they’ve been pursuing a job with Publix for some time and fear they never will be hired here.

We wish we could offer employment to everyone who wants to join our company, especially since many we don’t hire are either very talented people or wonderful human beings – or both! But of course, a business has to make a profit, so we can only hire the number we need to provide the level of service that our customers deserve. And we have to hire the individuals we think are best suited for the jobs and for our company’s culture.

This blog is my sincere effort to reach out to those of you who do not receive a job offer from Publix, despite your best attempts to capture the attention of our hiring managers.

It’s human nature to wonder why you weren’t selected if you think you have all the right qualifications for the job you applied for. Here is what I’m hoping you will consider. As talented as you are, one of the other individuals who applied for the same position might have had better qualifications even than you. In other words, they might have had more experience in the duties they will be responsible for at Publix. They might even have been a former Publix associate who performed that very job well but had to leave the company for a while for a good reason.

The best way to avoid frustration is to manage your expectations. That’s a very hard thing to do when you are seeking a job. But the better you can temper your enthusiasm with a dose of reality – that you might not always be the best candidate for an opening – the easier you will be able to accept being passed over for someone else.

Hang in there and something good will come your way, if not at Publix then at another organization that needs exactly what you have to offer. Read more of our blogs to understand what it is we’re looking for. And join us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to interact as well.

Seasonal opportunities in our stores

Publix store associate - Front Service ClerkMany Publix stores are located in areas that have tourist seasons.   When these visitors arrive, our delis and bakeries get busier, our shelves need to be restocked more often, and all checkout lanes are opened.  As a result, we need more employees to handle the load. 

We hire hundreds of temporary associates each year to handle these peak seasons.  They work for three months in the winter, spring or summer, depending on which season the tourists arrive.  Nearly 50 stores are involved in our seasonal staffing program, and more join each year.

The program benefits Publix, of course.  But it also provides opportunities for people seeking temporary work at a good company or for people who want to get their foot in the door at Publix since some high-performing seasonal associates are invited to become permanent associates. 

You must be at least 18 years old to participate.  You must be a person with a passion for serving people.  And you must be able to offer Publix night and weekend availability, since those are our busiest hours.   Seasonal positions often include Bakery Clerk, Cashier, Deli Clerk, Front Service Clerk (Bagger), Grocery Clerk, Meat Clerk, Produce Clerk, and Seafood Clerk.

 To learn more about the seasonal employment opportunities in your area, please visit our website at www.publix.jobs/seasonal.

Happy Birthday “Mr. George”

Publix founder George Jenkiins holding a to-scale model of his first Publix store.

A scale replica of the first store in 1930 brings back fond memories to Mr George Jenkins. It was presented to him at the ceremonies opening his 100th Publix in Winter Haven, Fl, March 3, 1964.

107 years ago today, George Jenkins, the founder of our company was born.  His story is a remarkable one, and his early years were wrought with struggles.  Like the “rags-to-riches” narrative of his favorite Horatio Alger novels, he faced these challenges head on, with hard work and integrity, and rose above to enjoy success managing the flagship grocery store in a highly successful chain by the time he was 22 years of age.

That well-known grocery chain had recently undergone a change in ownership. Filled with a desire to improve upon that company’s operating model, George traveled more than 400 miles to the owner’s office.  Instead of being greeted with interest and appreciation for his successful management of the flagship store, and the insight he wanted to share, George was not even granted a meeting with the new owner.  Fuming, he drove back to Winter Haven, quit his job and, with his own meager savings and investment from a few other individuals, George Jenkins launched his own grocery store.

Cut to today, some 84 years later.  The little grocery store he founded is now the largest employee-owned company in the nation! Publix is deeply ingrained in the fabric of southern society and through Publix, our founder has touched the lives of tens of millions of people including:

  • Floridians and Southeasterners who find Publix their preferred grocery store “where shopping is a pleasure.”
  • Associates, former associates and the family members of those who  have enjoyed a career with Publix, perennially named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” since its inception.
  • Product manufacturers who have been challenged to bring their “A Game” when selling to Publix with its dedication to food safety, product innovation, and our environment.
  • Men, women and children who have been helped by the support Publix gives to non-profit organizations within its communities.

It is hard to imagine that one man’s life has touched – and dare we say improved – so many lives, just by starting a small grocery store, but that is the case with “Mr. George.”

So, today, on what would be his 107th Birthday, we celebrate this man.  We honor his deeds.  We unite behind the incredible legacy he has left us all.