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Eight questions for Virginians about working for Publix

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We’ve just opened our first store in “Old Dominion” and are excited and proud to be here!  If you’ve never visited a Publix store before, now is your chance.  You might have heard how our customers rave about shopping here; but did you know our associates delight in working here?

In fact, our associates are what make Publix, “Publix.”  You might be surprised to know we are a family that is 200,000 associates strong!  While we operate stores in only seven southeastern states, we are lauded nationally as Great Place to Work™ and receive more than a million applications for employment each year.  To meet our customers’ and associates’ expectations, we place a high priority on hiring individuals who are committed to exceptional teamwork and superior customer service.

Interested!?  Not sure if you a great fit?  Ask yourself,

  • Are you a people person? Interacting with customers and your store team in a friendly, respectful way is how we roll.
  • Are customers your first priority? One of the things we’re known for is stopping to assist a customer whenever needed, often walking customers directly to the item they’re looking for.
  • Are you energetic? Because Publix is the nation’s largest employee-owned corporation, our associates can earn a stake in the company. For this reason, we all think like owners and hustle like owners to carry out tasks in an effective and efficient way.
  • Do you work well with others? We’re all like family here, so being able to work alongside team members – who are different than you – is important.
  • Are you teachable? Our managers are the best in the business.  Because we promote from within, each worked his or her way up the ranks. They, too, started out in an entry-level positions and can teach you the secrets of success.
  • Can you work weeknights and weekend shifts?  Our store managers value applicants who can cover shifts during our busiest times – which are those nights and weekends.
  • Do you take pride in your work? Employee-ownership is a key ingredient to our success.  We seek applicants who make the most of their positions and challenge themselves to achieve more; Who bring their A-game each and every day like true professionals.
  • Do you reach for the stars? While it doesn’t happen every day, Publix is the kind of place where an entry-level associate can develop and grow to assume a leadership position, maybe even the president of the company!

Did you answer an enthusiastic yes to these questions? Does this sound like the kind of place where you’d be proud to start a career?  Begin your application online and reserve your spot at an upcoming Job Fair by visiting this link.  As we expand into the great Commonwealth of Virginia, you will find employment opportunities and hiring events galore, so be sure to check back often.

Veterans, check out this pair of career fairs!

 

Shot at the grand opening of store 1371 Riverview Florida on Nov 17, 2011

Shot at the grand opening of store 1371 Riverview Florida on Nov 17, 2011

If you’re a veteran or other job seeker looking for some great career options with an award-winning company, you won’t want to miss this!

In the coming weeks, Publix is holding a pair of Veterans Career Fairs to introduce vets and other job seekers to career opportunities we have to offer. Veterans and others on the job hunt will discover the great career advancement opportunities they can take advantage of in our stores, and, because of our promote-from-within culture, they’ll also discover the great jobs available in our distribution centers, manufacturing plants, industrial maintenance department, IT department and of course, in our corporate and divisional offices, too!

Veterans who work for Publix find our culture and structure to be a great fit for them. While these career fairs are geared toward veterans, we invite all members of the local communities to attend. Here are the details:

Fort Walton area Veterans Career Fair
Open to the public as well, this Publix Veterans Career Fair is for the greater Fort Walton Beach, FL area. Event details are as follows:
Date: Thursday, July 20
Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST
Location:  Publix Super Market, 610 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Bluffton area Veterans Career Fair
Open to the public as well, this Publix Veterans Career Fair is for the Bluffton, SC area. Event details are as follows:
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST

Location:  Hampton Inn Conference Room, 29 William Pope Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909

Sound good? Start your application online and reserve a slot by visiting this link where you will select the job fair location of your choice.

Millennials recognize Publix as a Great Place to Work!

Great place to workWe’ve done it again! Publix is ranked among Fortune Magazine’s Best Workplaces for Millennials list for the second consecutive year, and moved up from 74th to 17th place.  To determine the ranking, the Great Place to Work Institute™ surveyed more than 398,000 U.S. employees from identified companies and analyzed how positively Millennials rated their organizations on over 50 different metrics defining great workplaces —  such as managers’ competence, respect and fairness in the workplace, opportunities for meaningful work, and great colleagues.

This is great news for Publix since there are more than 75 million Millennials in America and Millennials now make up the largest generation in the workforce. Currently, more than 53 percent of Publix’s workforce is comprised of millennials.

“The main generational difference boils down to higher expectations for the level of personal fulfillment and connection they want from work. Employers that work to meet those demands by building a high-trust culture, with a special focus on Millennials in leadership roles, will get ahead in both the talent game and in the marketplace.” – Fortune Magazine

Millennials appreciate Publix’s investments in the community as well as their personal futures, citing the tuition reimbursement program as a popular perk to their employment. The full results of the Fortune 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials are available here.

Want to learn more about where you might fit in here at Publix? Let our virtual career counselor, Publix Careers Job Match, guide you.

Career Nights throughout Birmingham June 29!

Publix Deli Clerk with Fried ChickenOn Thursday, June 29, Publix is holding a Career Night at 22 stores throughout Birmingham and nearby areas. It will take place from 4-8 p.m. All job seekers are invited and are urged to apply at their nearest Publix before the event takes place. At the event, attendees will get a chance to meet with managers and learn more about why Publix is consistently ranked among the nation’s best and favorite employers. Below are the store locations participating in this event.

  1. Store 165 – Edgemont Town Center, 411 Green Springs Hwy, Homewood, AL 35209
  2. Store 838 – Valleydale Village, 5188 Caldwell Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35244
  3. Store 842 – Vestavia Hills City Center, 784 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  4. Store 882 – The Village at Lee Branch, 410 Doug Baker Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35242
  5. Store 1073 – White Stone Center, 9200 Highway 119, Alabaster, AL 35007
  6. Store 1085 – Publix on Overton, 3141 Overton Rd, Mountain Brook, AL 35223
  7. Store 1202 – Pelham Towne Center, 365 Huntley Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
  8. Store 1206 – Magnolia City Place, 655 Fieldstown Rd, Gardendale, AL 35071
  9. Store 1281 – Calera Crossings, 90 Marketplace Cir, Calera, AL 35040
  10. Store 1370 – Chelsea Crossroads, 501 Chelsea Crossroads, Chelsea, AL 35043
  11. Store 1512 – 20 Midtown, 230 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233
  12. Store 1545 – Patchwork Farms, 3040 Healthy Way, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
  13. Store 839 – Publix at Trace Crossing, 2543 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
  14. Store 841 – Southgate Village, 1944 Montgomery Hwy, Pelham, AL 35244
  15. Store 1065 – Allison-Bonnett Plaza, 3014 Allison-Bonnett Memorial Dr, Hueytown, AL 35023
  16. Store 1074 – Crow’s Corner, 4730 Hwy 17, Helena, AL 35080
  17. Store 1200 – Colonial Promenade Tannehill, 4965 Promenade Pkwy, Bessemer, AL 35022
  18. Store 1207 – Hoover Place, 1584 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216
  19. Store 1059 – Montclair Place, 1325 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210
  20. Store 1069 – Clay Marketplace, 5100 Old Springville Rd, Pinson, AL 35126
  21. 1082 – The Shoppes at Deerfoot, 7272 Gadsden Hwy, Trussville, AL 35173
  22. Store 1508 – The Village at Moody, 2200 Village Dr, Moody, AL 35004

Again, if you are interested in working for Publix, head to a nearby store and apply before this event takes place. And the sooner the better since the Job Application Center Kiosks are likely to become tied up with other interested applicants.

Three Tips on How to Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question…

You know it’s coming – the inevitable “Tell me about yourself” ice-breaker of a question that kicks off most interviews. For some people, it’s a dreaded question and for others, it’s used as a platform to talk about all things personal.  Here are three tips on how to answer this question and set the tone for the interview so you can land the job.

Talk with confidence and enthusiasm

While it can be one of the scariest questions out there, it’s one that will come up in interviews, and in life so it’s best to be prepared. Answer with confidence, clarity and passion. How you answer that question is just as important as the content of your answer.  If you are shy and unsure, the hiring manager or recruiter will sense that.  So take a breath and respond. Show a smile too, it really goes a long way toward setting an upbeat tone and leaving a positive memorable impression.

Separate yourself from the remainder of candidates

Most likely, the hiring manager or recruiter will be asking this question to all of the candidates you are up against. For this reason, your answer has to stand out. So ask yourself, “How can I break the mold and make myself memorable?” The last thing you want is to be forgettable, but that doesn’t mean you want to go so over the top that you’re remembered for the wrong reasons.  Consider using phrases like “I can sum myself up in three words” or “Most people consider me to be…” so you are stepping outside of the normal answers.

Answer quickly

If you answer this question quickly, it shows you’re prepared. To be prepared, you need to practice.  Practice, practice, practice.  Practice solo, in the car while driving; practice in front of the mirror to gauge your expression; and practice with a friend or family member who will be critical to help you be at your best when the time comes.  Then, go into each job interview knowing this question will be asked and come with answers concise and to the point.  If you stumble at the beginning, it can show you weren’t ready, and since this is such a common question, you should expect to receive it.

As a general rule of thumb, don’t get too personal with your answers. It is fine to start out your answer with a hobby – like running or painting – but don’t go into your life story.  Make sure your answers are relatable to the position you’re interviewing for, too.  Draw lines of comparison from your previous experience into the new position and succinctly address the unasked “why should we hire you?” question.   If possible, slip in what appeals to you about this company and this particular role to reflect that you’re a great fit.

Want to learn more about where you might fit in here at Publix? Let our virtual career counselor, Publix Careers Job Match, guide you.

Publix Commemorates Memorial Day

1490705_747499988632373_3180200352427197472_oPublix associates honor the brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military and extend grateful appreciation for the sacrifices of the loved ones left behind.

The first Memorial Day was held in 1868 to honor Union and Confederate soldiers killed during the Civil War, but even earlier, on March 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln recognized those who sacrificed all in service to our country with the famous words “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”

To commemorate this hallowed day, flags at all Publix offices will be lowered to half-staff until noon. In addition, Publix will participate in the National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity and honor those who died for our freedom.

 

Henrico, Virginia Job Fair June 21-24

Publix BakerA second Henrico, Virginia Publix is opening soon and we’re holding a Job Fair June 21-24 to hire some energetic and enthusiastic new associates to deliver our legendary Publix customer service. If you are interested in growing your career with the nation’s largest employee-owned company where working is a pleasure, join us at this hiring event! If you have friends that are looking for a rewarding future with job security, bring them along too.

The new store we are hiring for will be located at John Rolfe Commons Shopping Center, 2250 John Rolfe Parkway.

Here are the details about this hiring event:
Dates: June 21-24
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Comfort Suites, 4501 Innslake Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

If you’d like to save time, head to Publix.Jobs/StoreEvent and start your application online or schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Publix has been listed among the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For for 20 years now and is the nation’s largest employee-owned company!  We’re proud of the many other achievement and honors  we have earned throughout the years.

Eager to learn more about how we work, benefits we offer, paths for advancement? Visit this page for more information about job roles in one of our stores. For job openings within our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search, here.

Looking for stability? Look at Publix.

I’m grateful to be an external hire into Publix’s corporate office.  Why?  Because at previous employers, I saw it all.  If you’re like me – having been through cutbacks, closings, and layoffs – stability is a must-have in your next employer.  And when it comes to stability, Publix has it by the truckload.

Did you know that Publix has never had a layoff?  It’s true.  Since Mr. George opened our first store in 1930 – even during America’s most recent recession – we haven’t laid off a single associate.  What other large retailer can say that?

One of the biggest differences that sets Publix apart is what we affectionately refer to as our “secret sauce.”  What is that sauce, you ask?  Simple: Publix is an employee-owned company.  The largest in the nation, as a matter of fact.  That’s why layoffs just don’t make sense to us – it’s not who we are.  Publix is committed to treating us – associates, owners – with dignity and respect.  A refreshing commitment in this day and age.

Interested in joining the stability of a well-established retailer and working your way towards owning the company?  Visit this page to learn other reasons why people choose Publix as an employer.  To apply for a job in one of our 1,146 stores, visit this page.  For job openings within our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search here.  No matter which you choose, joining the Publix family is a career decision you’ll never regret.

If you have questions while you’re searching our company, reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  We’re happy to help!

What career at Publix most interests you?

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Welcome Landon!

Part of our mission at Publix is to be involved as responsible citizens in our communities, and we hire associates from all walks of life to reflect the communities in which we operate. We don’t often talk about it; it’s just something inherent in our company culture. On that subject, occasionally, in talent acquisition we hear a story that touches us deeply. Someone is hired with such a sweet and wonderful backstory it reinforces our belief in possibilities and why we do what we do and who we do it for — Publix, of course! This is one of those stories and you might want to grab a tissue (for happy tears).
Landon’s mother reached out to us on our Publix Careers Facebook channel early this year. She has given us permission to share their story and to use her words as well since she best describes him and the circumstances surrounding his job application at Publix store #496, Lost Mountain Crossings in Powder Springs, Georgia.

“My autistic/hearing impaired 14yr old son applied at Publix. Amanda was the manager on duty and she made him (us) feel SOOOOOOOOOOO special and important. She treated my son as if he was as normal as the next person and I appreciate that. She talked with him and she really made him feel like having a job was obtainable.”

She continued, tying Landon’s experience to former experience as a Publix associate herself years ago.

“The values have always been the same. The people have always been a breath of fresh air. I hope he gets the job and is able to work on Saturday Mornings, but even if he doesn’t I’m glad to know that this store is represented so well. Thank you all for having such great values and choosing the best employees.”

You can be sure that message was shared with Amanda’s store manager. That was back in January. It’s been more than three months, but Landon persisted (updating his application as instructed, each 30 days) and we received a wonderful surprise today when this image popped up in a Facebook message sent from Landon’s mother:

"Hello my name is Landon, I am 14 years old, autistic & hearing impaired and I just got my 1st job at Publix"

“Words can’t describe the feeling that went through all of us in my office when he accepted the job offer and told us his plans to save his money to purchase video games, for acting lessons, and to help adopt a dog,“ Landon’s store manager said when we reached out to him.

So, celebrate with us today, one of those life-affirming occasions and join us in welcoming Landon, a new associate to Publix!

Would you love the idea of working for a company that embraces diversity and hires to reflect the communities in which we operate?  Visit this page to apply for a job in one of our 1,146 stores. For job openings within our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search here.

Virginia, here we come! (Job Fair in Glen Allen)

Apex 1544We’re opening our first two new stores in the state of Virginia soon, in Glen Allen. To get ready, though, we are scouting for some great new associates to deliver our legendary Publix customer service. If you are energetic and like people, and you are interested in growing your career with the nation’s largest employee-owned company, join us at this hiring event! If you have friends that are looking for a rewarding future with a great company, bring them along too.

Why might you want to join Publix? We asked our Publix Careers Facebook fans that very question.

Family is a theme of many of the responses: “Because you are going to have a new family,” was one reply. Another went further: “We’re a family, a friend, and always there for our customers.” It is true, your coworkers and customers become special friends and sometimes, you even think of them as family!

Another theme is the company’s caring culture, whether it is for our customers, our associates, or our community: “It’s easily the best customer oriented company in the world” and “It is the best company to work for,” and “A company that takes care of you and yours.”

Other single word answers that sum up reasons you might want to join Publix include

  • Benefits
  • Teamwork
  • Opportunity

Sound good?  Great!  The two Glen Allen stores we are hiring for are Nuckolls Place (5400 Wyndham Forest Dr.) and The Shoppes at Crossridge (10250 Staples Mill Road).

Here are the details about this hiring event:
Dates: May 10 – 14
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Comfort Suites, 4051 Innslake Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23060

If you’d like to save time, head to Publix.Jobs/StoreEvent and start your application online or schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Publix has been listed among the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For for 20 years now and is the nation’s largest employee-owned company!  There are a number of other accolades attached to our name too.  Want to learn more? Visit this page for more information about job roles in one of our stores. For job openings within our corporate, distribution, manufacturing, industrial maintenance or IT areas, start your search, here.