Some tips on landing support jobs at Publix

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

If you read my previous blog, you know that Publix disappoints many more job applicants than we delight because the number of applicants each year dwarfs the number of people we end up hiring.  So I offered advice on how to improve your chances of receiving a job offer from one of our stores.

This time, I’ll offer tips on how to land a job in our corporate offices, distribution centers or manufacturing plants.  More than 12,000 associates work in those facilities, which are located in Florida and Georgia.

The ideal situation is to prepare for a position well in advance of pursuing it.  This means finding out  what the hiring manager will be looking for in terms of education, specific skills, and work experience.  You can do this in several ways.

  • If you don’t know exactly what kind of position you want, browse the openings on www.publix.jobs/support for ideas.  You can also visit the administrative, corporate, distribution , IT and manufacturing pages in our Careers section to understand many of the employment opportunities in our support group.
  • When you have identified several positions that interest you, examine the qualifications for those positions.  The qualifications are listed on jobs posted on www.publix.jobs/support and on a growing number of positions mentioned in our Careers section.  If you know of a position that interests you that is not listed in either of those locations, ask our Support Staffing Specialist for assistance.

Now the real work begins.  What can you do to make sure you meet every qualification for the job?  Do you need to obtain more education, more training, more experience?  Do you need to learn a new language, gain proficiency on a software application, or take a public speaking class?

When you consider that most open positions in corporate, distribution and manufacturing attract several hundred applicants, it’s a given that competition is stiff.  So strengthening your qualifications is your best strategy.

If two applicants have equal qualifications, having previous experience at Publix can be a tie-breaker.  That can include any type of experience at Publix, so some people take a part-time position in a store to improve their chances of being hired in other parts of the company.

In a later blog, I’ll provide some hints about what to expect from our employment process, both at the point where you are ready to apply and at points after that until a hire is made.

Patti Breckenridge
Recruiting Manager

30 Responses

  1. michellevanderlaan September 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Thank you Patti! What a great suggestion to take up a part-time position to increase your chances. I’m currently studying to take the PHR exam next year. Working for Publix in the Human Resources division is my ultimate goal. Keep these blogs coming! Happy Friday. :)

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Michelle: I’m glad our blogs are helpful. Keep persisting!

  2. rleesman October 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I have been trying for a year and half for a job at Publix. Could you tell me what I might be doing wrong. I have gone back and changed my start date, nothing different. I would be very glad for a part-time to start and work up.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge October 23, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Linda:
      I know it’s frustrating to want a job and not get called for an interview. Competition for jobs in our stores is very stiff. We receive nearly one million applications a year for the 40,000 openings that occur in our stores. You can set yourself apart from others by making sure your application clearly shows all of the days and times that you would be available for work. Also, speak with a manager at each store where you would like to work and briefly explain why you would make a valuable employee. I wish you the best!
      Patti

  3. rrlm4 November 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I have been working for publix for 9+ years in several stores and states and would ultimately like to move back to Florida and work for corporate. I know I would need to go back to school and get a degree. Being that there isn’t one specific job I’m wanting to have, what kind of degree should I work on attaining? Would publix hire me while still in school working toward the degree required or preferred for certain jobs? I am currently an Assistant Produce manager and may be interested in working in the produce RBU. How can I get the ball rolling on making this happen one day?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Thank you for your dedicated service to Publix! I have several suggestions on improving your chances of obtaining a corporate position.
      (1) Go to this web page to learn more about our Corporate Purchasing department: http://www.publix.com/careers/Corporate/Department/CorporatePurchasing.do
      (2) Ask your Produce Manager for advice on pursuing a career in the Produce RBU.
      (3) Later, ask your Store Manager for tips on how to move up at Publix.
      This research should help you follow your dream!

      Patti

  4. centeno November 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    i fill applicants i wil like to know if it has been seen ‘

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      Where did you apply and for what position?

  5. rdlh22 February 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I am a few semesters away from finishing my Bachelors degree at FSU in Business administration. I am a veteran of the US Army and have been with Publix for six years and look forward to many more. My goal is to work in Human Resources, Accounting, or Finance. I know these jobs are located in Lakeland, but are these jobs in Atlanta? Thanks for your time.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      Congratulations on your coming graduation! And thank you for your dedicated service to Publix!
      We do have some field positions in the Atlanta division for the departments you mention.
      The good news is that when an opening occurs, it will be posted on http://www.publix.jobs/support.
      Just make sure you sign in as a Publix associate, since you will see a longer list of openings than an external candidate would.
      When you see an opening that interests you, please apply immediately as the postings sometime stay up for only a short period.
      My recommendation is for you to create an account on the website and then sign up for a Job Search Agent.
      The agent will send you emails when openings occur in the departments and locations you prefer.
      I hope this helps!

      Patti

  6. eddiear February 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Hello there Mrs. Breckenridge. I have been working for Publix for 9 years and right now I am pursuing my Bachelor’s in IT. I have been looking for IT jobs within the company for the last 2 years, but it seems Publix requires applicant with 2 years of experience in the field. In my University, there are several companies that offer a lot of internships and jobs where I can gain experience, but I do not want to leave my job at Publix. On the other hand, I want to make my resume more appealing and gain all this knowledge. Any suggestions? Is there any type of shadowing I can do with any Publix IT employee?

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell February 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      eddiear,

      Hi, thank you for your service to Publix. If you will send me your contact information and resume by email, I will get it to the I.T. Recruiter who can offer you some advice.

  7. jacksalt February 27, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Hello Patti, I’m hoping you can direct me to the proper area. Having been in the food service business for years, I have noticed a great inconsistency in your Deli hot tables in my area of Southeastern Fl., not only in consistency but also in quality. All your stores are different in their presentation daily and weekly. Having been directly involved during Wendy’s national hot table rollout years ago I see how important it is for customers coming to expect consistency from store to store and how that drives sales and customer satisfaction with the products. Imagine a customer who loves a certain lunch or dinner offering, knowing it is available every Tuesday for example and planning their lunch or dinner according to Publix consistency of offering that item every Tuesday! Also, managers consistently monitoring those hot tables to make sure your products are presentable, not presently happening! Also presently the percentage of waste must be enormous (observation from the condition of most of your hot tables at 2pm any given day) Times that with the number of hot tables in your system. I believe I could solve this problem as an employee of Publix! Where would you direct me to? Thanks, Jack.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell February 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      Jack, if you are interested in selling or providing a service to Publix, you need to visit Publix.Biz. This blog is a forum for career seekers.

      Maura Satchell

      • jacksalt February 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

        Maura,
        Thank you for your timely response! However I believe your misunderstanding my intentions. Isn’t there a department at the corporate level that plans and monitors your deli hot tables such as planning, organizing or providing help to the stores to improve what you are currently providing! Please don’t take any of my statements as criticism, they are not intended that way. I just believe that you are presently missing the boat in profitability in that area. I am asking as someone who believes that as an employee of Publix I could contribute greatly in that area. How about a hot table mystery shopper? By your answer I just felt you took my comments the wrong way and blew me off! Just saying, Jack.

        • Maura Satchell
          Maura Satchell February 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

          Jack, my apologies for misunderstanding the nature of your question. The position you are referring is filled by internal candidates. Because we are a promote from within company, you’re best bet would be to apply at the Job Application Center kiosk of your favorite Publix store as a Deli Clerk. It would allow you the opportunity to learn the operations and develop your career. This link offers great information about working in our stores and how to apply. I hope this helps and apologize again for misunderstanding your comment. Have a great day!
          - Maura

  8. mandavalga March 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Hello Patti,

    I know that this blog is a few years old, but I still found it very helpful. I have applied for several jobs within the last few months, but have only heard back on one. It is a part-time hourly support position with the RBU and I will be doing some pre-employment testing this evening.

    However, I was wondering what would make me better qualified for a full time position. I live about an hour and a half from the corporate offices, and if possible would prefer to get a regular full time position. Can you tell me what would make me more attractive for those positions? Working at publix and pursuing a career there is a dream that I would love to see realized.

    Thankyou,

    Amanda

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Amanda!

      Thank you for our interest in working at Publix. What matters most — both for part-time and full-time positions — is how well you meet the required and preferred qualifications for a position. So the best way to be seriously considered for a full-time position is to apply for one that best matches your work, education and life experience.

      Patti

  9. Shannon Freeman July 23, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Good morning Patti,
    I am a former Publix associate who is wanting to return. I applied for the Risk Management position on June 18, 2014, but have not heard anything yet. Is it possible to find out if I am being considered?

    Thank You,
    Shannon Freeman

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      Shannon:

      You are still under consideration. The hiring manager hasn’t yet determined who to interview.

      Patti

  10. Shannon Freeman July 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Thank you Patti.

  11. kirkbrown32 August 6, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    My name is Kirk Brown and I have been applying to join your distribution center team, as a Warehouse Selector in Dacula, GA; and after numerous attempts, I was wondering are there any additional tips and/or information that may be helpful to me finally landing a job at Publix? I was actually referred by a current employee. Also, does the initial assessment test stay on file to be a reference source for the hiring personnel to use with every job you apply for? Thanks again for the time you took to read this and enjoy the rest of your day.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

      Kirk:

      Your test scores were not high enough to make you eligible for the positions that require the test. You can retake the test in one year. In the meantime, you can apply for any of the Operator positions since they do not require that test.

      I hope this helps.

      Patti

  12. Shannon Freeman August 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Patti,

    I haven’t heard anything regarding the Risk Management position that I applied for, but saw online that the position is closed. Does this mean I am no longer being considered?
    Thank You,
    Shannon Freeman

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 7, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      Yes, that means the position has been filled. An email was sent to you yesterday. Please check your Spam folder. Have a great day!

      Patti

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