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.
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