Tips for landing a job at Publix

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

Whether the economy is booming or busting, Publix is fortunate to continually have thousands of people interested in working for us. Unfortunately, that means we disappoint a lot of people each year when they aren’t hired for positions they wanted. I hate that!

So I thought I’d share some tips on improving your chances of being hired at Publix. This blog will address opportunities in our stores, where more than where more than 130,000 168,000 associates work. (Updated 7/23/14: That’s right, we’ve grown by 38,000 in the span of two years!) . This blog addresses opportunities in our support facilities – our corporate offices, distribution centers and manufacturing plants.

The first step

The most important questions to ask yourself – and answer – before applying at a Publix store are these:

  • How will you respond when you keep being interrupted by customers? Will you welcome the interruptions as an opportunity to help people or will the interruptions test your last nerve?
  • When you go home after a day of working with customers whose needs and personalities vary widely, how satisfied will you feel?

We can teach you a wide array of skills to be successful at Publix. We can’t, however, give you a passion for serving others. You either have that or you don’t. If you have that, you not only are a perfect fit for Publix, you will find great enjoyment working in our stores. If you don’t have that passion, you likely won’t be happy and you likely won’t provide the premier customer service we demand of our associates.

The next step

If customer service is the right place for you, the next step is to familiarize yourself with our stores. If you are already a customer, you will have an advantage in this area. If you aren’t a customer, become one for awhile to learn how we do business.

When you’re ready to apply

We have a great deal of information on our website about the duties of the hourly positions, the age restrictions for teens, the benefits we offer and career paths that are available. We also have instructions on how to use our Job Application Center, an automated kiosk, to apply. So I won’t repeat any of that here.

These are my tips:

  • You can apply for numerous positions at a store. Study the duties of each one before you go to the store, so you will choose the ones that most interest you. Also, fill out the JAC Time Saver so you have all the information you need at your fingertips.
  • Just because you can apply for any position doesn’t mean there will be openings in that position at the store where you want to work. So when you arrive at the store to apply, go to the Customer Service desk and ask for a manager so you can find out what openings currently exist at that store. That may help you decide which positions to apply for.
  • Your availability for work is key to being hired. If you can’t work weekends, you will have less of a chance of being hired. Saturdays and Sundays are our busiest days. We also need people who can work evenings.
  • If you haven’t heard anything in two weeks after applying, go back to the store and ask for the manager you spoke with originally. Seek advice on what you can do to improve your chance of being hired.
  • You have to update your application every 30 days to continue to be considered. The update process is very simple and very quick.

Next time I’ll offer tips on how to prepare for an interview if you’re called by one of our stores.

Patti Breckenridge
Recruiting Manager

91 Responses

  1. consult911 September 4, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I would add one more thought to the availability point: Open availability means you are available any hours the store is open, plus the pre-opening and post-closing hour or so, so please keep that in mind before stating open availability!

    And like Patti said, Publix is always looking to fill night and weekend hours, so if you are not available during those days/hours you probably shouldn’t bother to apply (not an official stance, just my opinion).

  2. dkmorrison November 28, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I work at store 1416 in Knoxville, TN and will be relocating to Brevard County, Fl in January. I was wondering how I would transfer to a Publix there. I am a full time Decorator. Thanks

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 28, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Your Store Manager will help you with the transfer process. If you have any difficulties in the process, contact Nick Collins, the Retail Staffing Specialist for your division. ~ Patti

      • dkmorrison November 28, 2012 at 11:26 am #

        Thank you for your help.

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge December 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

          You are more than welcoome, Denice.

  3. harris1830 March 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I am 17 years old and seeking employment during the summer. This would be my first job if employed with your company. I would love to become a part of your company and am expressing my interest at this time to come in for an interview. If possible, could you please call me at 532-6078 and let me know a good time that I can come by for an interview. I am on spring break the week of April 1st thru 5th. My parents works full-time therefore I am depending on them or my brother to bring me to work since I haven’t gotten my license yet. My brother can bring me to work anytime after 4:30pm and my parents can bring me anytime after 6:30pm. I am only seeking part-time for summer and know that most young people don’t like to work late afternoons but I would be happy to work late afternoons. Thanking you in advance for your immediate attention and have a blessed day.

    Jade Alexandria Harris

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 25, 2013 at 11:02 am #


      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix! How exciting that you are ready to take on your first job!
      Here’s how our employment process works. You need to apply at one of our Publix stores. We have a kiosk in each store called a Job Application Center.
      Once you have applied, all of the stores in that area can see your information.
      However, to improve your chances of being hired, please speak briefly with a manager in each store to let them know why you would make a good Publix associate.
      Another way to improve your chances of being hired to sign up for the widest availability possible.
      Competition to work at Publix is stiff since we receive 2 million applications a year for 40,000 openings.
      If you don’t hear from a manager within the first 30 days after you apply, you must update your application to continue to be considered.
      It only takes about 3 minutes to update your application.
      I hope this helps in you quest to gain employment at Publix!


      • reyes5555 October 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

        Am i not going to get hired because i have been in the application process for 6 months now. I really hope i can get a job. I have been talking to mangers like crazy and turning in a speech and my resume. I am 15 years old. I always renew my application at the job application center. Please reply ASAP.
        Sincerely, Reyes Vasquez

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge October 9, 2013 at 8:34 am #


          First of all, thank you for your interest in Publix and your persistence in keeping your application active.
          I assure you I understand your frustration.
          With nearly 2 million applications per year for 50,000 openings, we unfortunately frustrate a lot of people.
          You’ve taken the right steps by applying and then talking to managers about openings.

          These are the criteria used to determine which candidates are invited to an interview and which are ultimately hired:
          1. Availability: Does your availability match the hours needed by the store? Nights and weekends are crucial in our business.
          2. Fitting our culture: During the application process, you took an assessment that helped us evaluate your reliability and your native ability to deliver premier customer service. Those with the highest scores are those most likely to be hired.
          3. Previous Publix experience: Many former associates seek to return to Publix. If they had a good record while working here, they usually are among the first invited to an interview.
          4. Previous retail experience: Store Managers almost always hire someone with experience over someone with no experience.
          5. Referrals: When our store associates tell us about someone they know who would make a great Publix associate, Store Managers listen. One-third of the people we hire in our stores were referred by an associate.

          One thing that might be holding you back is the score on the assessment you took when you first applied. You can retake that assessment after 6 months.
          We also employ a limited number of 14 and 15 year olds because of federal rules on what individuals of your age are allowed to do in a store and what hours you are allowed to work.
          I hope this information is helpful to you.


  4. andy September 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Make sure you show up extra, EXTRA early because the hiring managers are overly rude about being late a few minutes, even 1 minute late. I got to the warehouse 10-15 minutes before my interview and was held up by multiple semi-trucks pulling in as well. Then I had to wait for the security guard to check me in, make a phone call, give me an ID badge and then proceeds to give me horrible directions on where to park. Then I was stopped by another security guard because the confirmation email with instructions for the interview told me to go to the wrong gate (Gate 10 when It should have said Gate 9). Once I spotted the building I was looking for I had to turn back around because there was only 1 opening to the parking lot I needed to park in. Once I finally got parked it was right at my interview appointment time so I rushed in and signed in, according to my time, 1 minute late. I followed the instructions posted and sat down in the waiting room for at least 10 minutes. I heard some men outside the room talking so I stood up expecting to be greeted and actually made eye contact with 1 of them through the door window but they walked away. After waiting a few more minutes I got concerned and decided to try to find someone to talk to. Right around the corner of the waiting room I found the office of the hiring manager whose name was on the interview confirmation e-mail. I was quite surprised to see it was the same person I had just made eye contact with a few minutes earlier and was confused to why would he not have come and talked to me when he saw me in the waiting room area? I asked if I was in the right place and had the right time because I already had my first interview canceled for some unknown reason and was given this interview date and time instead. He told me I did but the interview had come and passed because I was so late. I explained I had been waiting in the other room because that’s what the interview sign’s stated to do. He said I was way too late and there’s nothing he could do. I tried to explain I was just 1 minute, a few minutes late due to the problems pulling in and getting parked. He asked what kind of car I was driving and proceeded to tell me he saw me pulling in and I was 10-15 minutes late at that point, which was completely false. I was nice the whole time and tried to talk him into doing a quick short interview but he would not stating “it would not be fair to me or the next person being interviewed.”

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 18, 2013 at 8:42 am #


      It’s true that you have to prepare for the unexpected, so arriving 30 minutes early is a good suggestion for all candidates. However, I’m sorry you didn’t have a more pleasant expwerience. Please send me an email at with the name of the hiring manager and the position you were interviewing for.


  5. mclark15 October 2, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Good Morning,

    I just love this store, and would be so proud to have a career at Publix. I am 52 years young and dependable. I can weekend ends too. I love to cook and garden and scrapbook. I have 5 grandkids and love spending time with them. I would love to work in Murfreesboro Tn. I have submitted a application and prefer working in the Deli since I enjoy cooking. I attend World Out Reach Church in Murfreesboro and would love to be able to go to Church on Sundays or Saturday evening. I am available everyday.

    Michelle Clark

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge October 7, 2013 at 10:57 am #


      Now that you have applied, please speak with the Deli Manager and let them know why you think you would make a great Deli associate. You might also consider doing the same at other nearby Publix stores as managers in the surrounding area can also see your application.


  6. bsmith0602 October 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    First I just want to say that I LOVE Publix. I lived in Louisiana for about 3 years and spent a ton of time telling everyone there about how great Publix is and I wish the had some near Baton Rouge. I recently moved to the Charlotte, NC area and found out so is Publix. I am very excited to have my favorite grocery store near me again. I was wondering if you would have an idea when they will be opening and if you are going to have a job fair for the locations up here. I would love to get in to management with Publix, but know they promote mostly from with in. I was wondering if they would be doing a job fair for the area up here since it is a new market to Publix and if so when they might be doing that. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I look forward to our first Publix opening in North Carolina.

  7. Daniel November 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Hi im 14 and i have applied to a store near me and i talked to a cashier who worked at the store for more than 20 years and he told me that i would have a better chance of getting a job there if i were to go in and directly speak to a Manager instead of waiting for a call/email from my resume. I was wondering if this is a good idea. If anyone knows anything about this please leave a reply, thanks!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 18, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      This is an excellent idea. It’s what we encourage all applicants to do. Briefly share reasons why you would make a good Publix associate. Good luck!


  8. jaylen729 December 2, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Hello, I’m 15 years old and I applied for the bagger position to try to help out my mom. Just wanted to say that I love the atmosphere when I walk into the store, It’s calm and collective. Anyways, only problem I have is, I put in an application a few times and everytime I call to check up on it, I don’t get that friendly feeling. Been trying to get a job here for more than 6 months, I feel like it’s impossible to get hired here. Overall, I like the store :D .

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 2, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Thank you for your persistence in seeking a job at Publix! I’d like to talk with you about your experience. Would you please send your phone number to my email address:

  9. imelda December 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi I’m 15 years old and I applied 2 months ago I still didn’t get a call back and I updated my account . Should I call the manger ?I’m definitely available on the weekends during any time. I love Publix & I would really like to be part of the team !

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 9, 2013 at 8:55 am #


      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix! We receive nearly 2 million applications a year for 50,000 openings, so a vast majority are not called for interviews. However, to increase your chance of receiving one, please do visit a manager in each of the stores where you would be willing to work. (Your application can be seen by other stores, not just the one where you applied.) Briefly explain why you would make a great Publix employee. Have a great holiday season!


  10. ffdream5062 January 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm #


    I am 16 and have just now submitted the application for an entry level job at Publix Store #01052. First, I would like to express my gratitude towards Publix, as they have done a wonderful job serving my community and myself personally. I have shopped at my local Publix ever since its establishment in 2005. I would love to give back to Publix and my community by acquiring a part-time job and working to support the company and my community. What should I expect after completing the application? Are there any possible ways to strengthen my job candidacy and make my application stand out?
    Luke Tankersley

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 14, 2014 at 10:40 am #


      Thank you for applying at Publix! And for your kind words about our company!
      The best way to improve your chances of being hired is to ask to speak with a manager. Briefly explain to him or her why you would make a great Publix associate. And share the same words about what you think about Publix.
      Then find out what you can about any openings in the store. If you don’t get an interview, speak to a manager at a nearby store since surrounding stores can see your appliation. Be polite but persistent! Best of wishes!


  11. jrenesca January 21, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Hi Patti!

    Let me first say that it is absolutely awesome that you take the time to respond to all of the comments on this post! That is definitely not a protocol that most companies follow– so I wanted to share my appreciation!

    That being said, I have the confidence to leave a comment knowing I will be responded to. I have read your blog post, and all of your responses to fellow users; but I wanted some advice for my particular situation.

    I am 25 years old and have my heart set on working for Publix as a cake decorator (or in the bakery and working my way up). I am aware that I might have to start at an entry level position due to store needs. Here is my dilemma: I have been a homemaker for almost 3 years, and the last time I was employed was at 5 months pregnant. I have had no professional experience in cake decorating/baking besides all the baked goods and cakes I have made from home. I have taken the Wilton cake decorating courses to have something official in writing, but besides that, everything I have learned is self taught. I have even initiated taking a food safety course, certified by the state of Florida, to confirm my seriousness and dedication to this industry.

    I have a PASSION and LOVE for baking and decorating, which transforms into the equivalent for the people who happily devour my oven creations! I love to see them truly satisfied!

    I have now decided to get back into the workforce and regain that one on one interaction with customers once again! However, because of my long lapse in employment and my lack of professional experience, my confidence in applying for employment (especially in such a highly regarded company as Publix) has wavered.

    Is there any specific advice that you would graciously share with me, in respect to my circumstances, that would optimize my application, interview and hiring process?

    Once again, thank you for your time and dedication!


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm #


      I am so glad you contacted me. I would love to introduce you to the retail recruiter in your area. He or she can help you find the right place to start, whether it would be as a Decorator Apprentice or as an Apprentice.
      Where do you live?


      • jrenesca January 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm #


        I am beyond thrilled that you would assist me in such a way! I would absolutely love to be introduced to the retail recruiter in my area! I live in Orlando, Florida– specifically in the 32837 (zip code) area.

        I am most grateful, thank you.


        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge January 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm #


          Our Orlando area recruiter position is open at the moment. I am working to fill it by March. In the meantime, please email She is our HR Manager in the division that includes Orlando. If she can’t help you, then email me in late March and I’ll give you the name of the new recruiter. I apologize for the delay.


          • jrenesca January 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm #


            Would it be appropriate to inform Mrs. Beth Grove that I was referred by you, and furthermore, inquire her assistance for a job placement at Publix?

            Would it also be prudent of me to apply at my local Publix before contacting Mrs. Beth Grove (so my information is in the database)?

            May I also obtain which email would be best to contact you if need be?

            I apologize for the series of questions. Thank you for the information and your assistance thus far!


          • Patti Breckenridge
            Patti Breckenridge January 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm #


            1. It would be best to apply first.
            2. The next step would be to speak with a manager at the store to tell him or her why you would make a great Publix associate. Also, ask the manager if there are openings at that store. If there aren’t, ask if there are openings at surrounding stores. Sometimes, the managers will know that.
            3. If there are openings at surrounding stores, please go to speak with a manager there.
            4. After that, contact Beth, tell her what you have done, and ask for her feedback.

            You can contact me at

            I hope this helps!


          • jrenesca January 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm #


            I am very grateful for this valuable information you have shared with me!

            I will follow through with the steps you recommended, and hope this is the beginning of fulfilling career at Publix!


  12. bryaw4 January 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm #


    I think this blog is great and it is exactly what I was looking for. I’m 18 and I applied for a job at my local Publix yesterday, but I didn’t talk to the manager. Should I? If so I have no idea what I should say. I’m very shy and very nervous but I this job would be so great for me and it’s at a great location.

    Also do you think calling after a few days would be a good idea? Or should I just wait for a call? I wouldn’t want to disturb anyone if they’re busy.


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm #


      Thank you for thinking of Publix when looking for a job! I DO encourage you to speak with a manager to briefly explain why you think you would make a great Publix associate. At that time, you can also ask if there are openings and how you can increase your chances of being hired. Calling the store isn’t a good solution. If you don’t hear anything after speaking with a manager, consider speaking with a manager at another Publix store. Your application can be seen by surrounding stores.


      • bryaw4 January 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

        Thank you very much. I’ll go do that today. :)

  13. bsadulski January 26, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Hello there. First off, I wanted to just express how helpful of a website this is. The amount of information on this site is outstanding.

    Furthermore, I wanted to elaborate on my 2 year long, job application experience. Since August of 2012, I have been applying for any open position in the Palm Bay / Melbourne Florida area. Over these 2 years, I continually kept up with my resume, updating it monthly. Still, to this day, I havent even been confronted, about my interview.

    I do understand the restrictions that in place for us teens, however, now that I am almost 16, I feel that I have a better opportunity.

    Do you have any suggestions or ideas for a teen, to land an interview? I have been a shopper at this location since 2006, so I am familiar with the staff, and definitly, the store.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Bradley Sadulski

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm #


      First of all, thank you for your persistence. This is an important trait of successful people.
      Secondly, have you spoken to managers in the store where you want to work?
      Start with the Customer Service Manager, so teens are primarily used for Front Service Clerks.
      Explain to the manager who persistent you have been and why.
      Then briefly describe why you would be a great Publix associate.
      Last, ask what you can do to improve your chances of being hired.
      If you don’t receive an interview at that store, go to another Publix and have the same conversation with the Customer Service Manager there.


  14. exigam January 28, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi Patti!

    I am currently a full-time student, and I am very interested in applying for a job at Publix. However, I will be studying abroad during the month of May. Would Publix afford me the flexibility to go on the trip, if I were to be hired now?


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 3, 2014 at 9:20 am #


      Some store managers may be able to work with you on that. I would go ahead and apply and then speak with a manager to let him or her know why you would make a great Publix associate.


      • exigam February 3, 2014 at 3:55 pm #


        Thank you for the speedy reply. I will apply right away.


        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge February 5, 2014 at 10:48 am #



  15. bradpublix1990 February 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm #


    I just had a few quick questions about Publix that I hope you can answer for me.

    I recently had an interview at a new Publix there opening up in a few weeks. I thought the interview I had went great. But the next day I found out I didn’t get the job as a stocker. With my 5 years of experience as a stocker, which includes everything from ordering food, unloading trucks, down stacking trucks, stocking boxes fast with rotation, and my experience around the store in different departments I was pretty sure i would be hired.

    When I ask the guy who told me that I didn’t receive the job why, he told me he didn’t know and he isn’t part of that job process. Now I keep wondering why I didn’t get it, I applied for full time, with anytime I could work, and even said i could do part time if needed, maybe its cuz i said i wanted to be a manager in the long run; I’m not sure its just driving me insane cuz I’m the best stocker in the grocery store i work at now.

    I do know that there are more stores to come in my area that I live at, and the guy did say to keep my app on file to keep updating it; but i wish they would say why I didn’t get the job.

    Thanks for your help if you have any information to share.
    Brad Barth

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 3, 2014 at 9:23 am #


      I have two suggestions:
      (1) Since you don’t know the experience level of the person who was hired, avoid assuming that youn were the most qualified person for the job.
      (2) Speak with a manager to find out what you can do to be considered for future opportunities.

      Thank you again for your interest in Publix!


      • bradpublix1990 February 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

        That is very true, thx for the reply , change some stuff to my app and just going to keep trying for one of the other new store soon to come, Ty

  16. mascc5 February 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    I have inquired about applying as store manager, but I am told I have to start as an hourly employee. I am currently a store manager for a grocery and have several years of experience, would Publix not consider me as a candidate? I make to much money now to leave my current job and apply for an hourly position.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm #


      We fill 95% of our management positions through promoting from within, for two reasons: (1) We want our managers to be experts at passing on our culture. They can’t do that if they don’t know the culture from extensive experience. (2) We promise our associates that if they work hard, they can move up in the company. So when a Publix associate is available and ready for promotion, we won’t hire an external candidate. The exceptions are usually in Deli or Bakery. When we do hire an external candidate for Assistant Department Manager positions in those areas, it is when we have someone who has strong experience in running delis or bakeries. I hope this helps you understand our process.


  17. nashy517 March 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi Patti! I recently inquired about applying to Publix to one of the store managers and they directed me to the machine in the store to do so. I usually prefer to be able to hand in my application along with my resume then speaking with the manager. In this case I was not able to do so. Should I do the same? Head in, hand my resume to the manager and discuss any open opportunities?

    Thank you!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm #


      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix. We do not accept resumes because our stores have no appropriate place to keep them. If you are invited to an interview, you can share one with the manager at that point. In the meantime, once you have applied, please introduce yourself to a manager and briefly explain why you think you would make a great Publix associate. The manager may only have 5 minutes to speak with you as we receive 2 million applications per year.

      I hope this helps.


  18. nigelw April 8, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    Hello Patti,
    I am 16 years old and I am again interested in applying again for a position at the Publix located in Palm Coast, Florida 32137, the store number is 00077. About two years prior I had applied to this same location for about a year with no call in for an interview, I continued going back and updating my application until eventually I was given another job opportunity. I decided that maybe if I received some experience beforehand my chances of being hired at Publix would increase. The experience I had received in my previous job was not directly related supermarket jobs such as the ones in Publix. However I did learn how to deal with several different kinds of customers, keep focused on the task(s) at hand, and to be ready for anything. Also I have received many compliments from ex coworkers that I never complained about the work presented to me even if the work load became very strenuous. With all of this in mind, do you believe if I were to go into Publix and tell the manager of my experience and why I would make a good member of the Publix staff, that I would have a better chance of getting hired? Or is it not the right time to be applying?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge April 9, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      I appreciate your dedication and patience in applying for a position at Publix. I know it’s frustrating to be as persistent as you have been and not garner an interview. I definitely think you should apply again and speak with a manager about (a) how much you want to work at Publix (b) how you obtained experience elsewhere to gain valuable customer service skills, and (c) why you would make a great Publix associate. It might be good to speak to managers as several stores where you would be willing to work as some have more openings than others. You only have to apply at one store, though, since everyone can see your application. I hope this helps!


  19. springfairy556 May 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    I just want to thank publix for hiring me! Its really a great company to work for! I have so much fun with my co-workers and customers.Their like my home away from home.I was really surprised when I received a phone call from my local publix asking me to come in for an interview.I knew many people apply at Publix and for good reasons too! Then when I was asked to come back in to pick up my uniform and directions to the class at the warehouse, I was super excited.

    I love Publix, I only shop at Publix.And I love working for you guys! Thanks for being a great company to work for.

    For those applying, I say keep updating your application.It gets sent to all publix, the one I work at wasn’t the one I applied at.=)

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 27, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      Thank you so much for posting these encouraging words for others to see!


  20. chrisman987 May 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    hey! I’m chris, I just turned 14 like a month ago. I applied at your store in Orlando, Florida about a week ago. I am fluent in English, portugese, and learing Spanish. I applied to work during the summer so I can work any day except saturday and Sunday because I go to church every Sunday and Saturday is my day to relax, I can work during the day or night as many hours as you need. I am determined to work.I applied as a bagged and cashier and I was hopping you could help me get the job or at least tell me if I have a good chance. I manly want to work so I can support my single mom with 3 kids including me. Please gave me a call at 321-695-8one37. Thanks you for your time – Chris

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 27, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Chris! Thank you for your interest in working at Publix. I encourage you to speak with a manager at the store(s) where you want to work. Because you are 14 and because you aren’t available on weekends, managers may be overlooking you for applicants who are available on the weekend and who don’t have the hour restrictions that laws require for 14-year-olds. Let the manager(s) know why you would make a great Publix associate.


      • chrisman987 May 28, 2014 at 8:09 am #

        Hey I changed it, now I can work anyday do I have a shot?

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge May 28, 2014 at 9:02 am #

          You have a shot, but competition is stiff, so there are no guarantees.


  21. jordan481 June 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi Patti!!!!

    I applied for a job about the beginning of May, got a call back in about mid May and got called the next day offering me the job. I have been working for about a month now and I love it so far!!! The only thing is I want more hours, but my manager says all scheduling is done on oasis and there is nothing they can do about this. Is there anything I can do?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 2, 2014 at 9:54 am #

      Your performance is the best weapon in your arsenal. Prove to your supervisors how much value you can bring to Publix. This takes awhile, so you need to be patient.


  22. nic_ben20 July 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm #


    I am 15 and planning to apply at the publix near my house. I have been reading your responses to everyone else and it has been very helpful. I am planning on applying at the kiosk and then talking to the manager, however I am very shy and I was wondering if you had any tips for talking to the manager. I am very polite, but I don’t quite know what to say. Should I introduce myself and explain that I am applying for a job…. you keep saying to tell the manager why I would make a great publix employee, but I don’t know why. I need a job and I love publix and it’s at a great location and I think i would enjoy working there. This would be my first job and I’m just very nervous. I have volunteered at many places and they all loved me and said I was a great worker, but is that what I tell the manager? I am just a nervous teen who doesn’t know what I should say when trying to get hired at a great store. Thank you for taking the time to read this! Have a great day :)

    Nicole Bender

    • nic_ben20 July 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      Oh, I forgot to say, my plan is to work on weekends if that makes any difference

      • Patti Breckenridge
        Patti Breckenridge July 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

        It definitely helps that you want to work weekends. That’s when we need the most help.


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm #


      Tell me more about what people said about you when you were a volunteer.
      And tell me some of the places you volunteered.


  23. nicholasnalven July 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Hi everyone. My name is Nicholas Nalven I am a 14 year old hard working young man. I always give 120 percent at everything I do. I have applied at Publix a month ago and have just recently updated my application I have also talked to the manager twice. The manager said that he will be going through the applications in August. I am a hard working young man and am going to high school this year. I am available for weekends at any hour. I always have a smile on my face that you can’t get off no matter how hard you try. I am really good with customers and have a great personality from what others tell me. I am wondering do I have a good chance at getting hired? I am also just wanting to know if I qualify for this job? Please call me at 7282375399 also I live in Tarpon Springs, FL.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm #


      Our Store Managers do the hiring at Publix, so we cat corporate can’t help you except to explain how our process works.


  24. nicholasnalven July 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Ok I was just wondering if I am on the right track?
    Thanks for replying

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      You definitely seem like you are on the right track with your availability and your attitude. Keep being persistent!


  25. courtneybatchelder98 July 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Hey I was wondering , if i applied today. should i go in tomorrow and see how the application process is going, and if i was being considered . ive heard they like people who are outgoing

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      I definitely recommend following up as soon as possible.


  26. scott2017 July 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Good afternoon Ms. Patti, thank you for posting the tips for landing a job at Publix . I really enjoyed it and I plan to use them as I prepare for a career at Publix Pharmacy. My question for you is how can I find out which stores in the Tallahassee,Fl and the Jacksonville, Fl area has Pharmacy Intern openings? I currently have 6 years of Pharmacy Technician experience (3 years with CVS and 3 years with Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare which is where I am currently employed). I have interned at Walgreens as part of my Degree requirements for 1 month as well as at CVS. Thank you in advance and I forward to hearing from you soon.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Please email She can help you with your questions. Thank you for reaching out!


      • scott2017 July 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

        I will certainly do that and thank you again Ms. Patti for responding.

        • Patti Breckenridge
          Patti Breckenridge July 25, 2014 at 10:02 am #

          You are most welcome!

  27. dpro0213 July 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi! I have a question, I am interested in applying for a position in your new store that will be opening in the fall in North Myrtle Beach, SC. I have over 8 years experience in customer service, working at other grocery stores. How and when do I apply to the new store?

  28. bdrake July 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Hi I am 24 years old an I was looking to work in your store. I live in atlanta, ga and I applied about 3 weeks ago, I haven’t received a call back or anything. I was just wondering how long does it take to get a call back normally. I have worked retail before, actually I’ve only worked in retail my whole life lol. An my availability is open, I can work anytime and any day of the week.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 31, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix. Since our stores receive 1.5 million applications each year, our store managers cannot contact everyone who applies. They call those who they would like to interview. I encourage you to speak with a manager the next time you are in the store where you want to work to check on whether that store is hiring and how you can increase your odds of being invited to an interview. You can also check at other Publix stores in the area to see if they are hiring since your application can be seen by surrounding stores.


  29. nicholasnalven August 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Hi Patti, I just wanted to say that I got an interview for Publix a week ago!! The manager and the hiring manager both said I did great and we’re impressed because this was my first interview! They said that if I got the job they would call me this week. But I am worried I didn’t get the job because on the application it said I was 18 but I am 14. Am I not going to get the job? Also they said that if I don’t here from them then keep trying. I understand that. I guess what I’m asking is do I have a good chance at getting the job?
    Thanks, Nick

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 5, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Nick!

      It sounds like you did a great job at the interview. I would call back the manager on Friday if you haven’t heard anything. You can ask about your status, and if you didn’t get this job, ask for any advice to help improve your chances of being considered for a future opening. You can also talk with the manager to make sure you are both on the same page about your age. Keep being persistent but polite!


  30. wells August 7, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I found a critical opening in an area I would really like to move to, contacted the recruiter and got a call at my store about the position, but it has now been nearly two weeks and I haven’t heard any more about the position. How quickly are critical openings typically filled? I don’t want to pester anyone, but also don’t know if not hearing anything else means that I did not get the position or if it just takes more time before a decision would be made.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      They are usually filled pretty quickly, so I suggest you follow up to see what the status is.


  31. vickiefrance August 12, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Hello Patti, I had an interview today as part of a job fair for a new store. The person that I interviewed with said that to be considered for full-time I would have to have total open availability. I did change it online but after thinking about it more it will not work. Monday-Thursday I would not be able to come in until 8 because I have to drop my kids off at school. Does this really mean that I will not get a job at Publix. I was just so upset leaving the interview cause I was really looking forward to being apart of your company. Of course this is all assuming that I even get a offer for a job. Thank you

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 12, 2014 at 8:25 am #


      Please call the manager who interviewed with you to talk about that one need and see if that would be OK. Don’t give up yet.
      Also, if that store isn’t open to your schedule, perhaps another one would be.


  32. deane August 13, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Hello, Patti.
    My name is Dean and I recently applied for a position at the bakery plant. I was invited to take an online skills battery and turned in my results. I was wondering what the next step in the hiring process would be for someone applying to a manufacturing position. Would it be a good idea to call the Employment Office and discuss why I would make an excellent Publix associate and to discuss the process further? Thank you so much!!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 13, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      Hi Dean!

      Thank you for your interest in working at the bakery plant. No need to call the Employment Office as the hiring manager — not the E/O — is responsible for evaluating candidates. There is nothing more you need to do at this point. Have a great day!


  33. abbylawal14 August 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Hi Patti!

    I’ve applied for a Facility Safety Officer position and am wondering who I should reach out to to speak with about the position. The position is located in Miami. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm #


      No need to do anything more. Hiring managers work strictly off the information that appears in the applications. We typically receive more than 100 applications for every position. Hiring managers then choose which ones to invite to interviews. I hope this helps!


  34. anthonyroberts92 August 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi my name is anthony Roberts and I had an interview with produce a little over a week ago. When I check my status online it says futhur processing. Please help!!!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      I will send your message to the Employment Office to respond. Thank you for reaching out.


  35. anthonyroberts92 August 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Thats in lakeland! Thank you soo much!

  36. anthonyroberts92 August 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Will they email me or should I be on the look out on here?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      You should receive an email.

  37. littlemaho August 22, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Hi, I just applied to the nearest Publix to me a few days ago, and I have previous experience with working in a Kitchen/Deli. I know how to use the slicer, but not too great with the meats and cheeses. I also helped in bakery from time-to-time with their cakes. Would you know about how long it would take to get a response? Would my chances of a response increase if I went in and talked to a manager? I need a job in order to stay on top of things since I recently moved to a new state. Thank you.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 26, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      I suggest that you speak first with the Store Manager, and then go introduce yourself to the Deli Manager and after that, to the Bakery Manager. Do not ask to speak with all of them at the same time since that would disrupt the operation of the Deli and the Bakery. We receive so many applications, that it’s important to distinguish yourself from the others. I wish you the best!


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