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Pursuing a career or stuck in a dead-end job?

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

A new study shows that Americans in jobs paying less than $35,000 a year are even more pessimistic about their futures than they were during the recession.

  • 67% of all low-wage workers said they saw “a little” or “no opportunity” at their jobs for advancement.
  • Half are “not too” or “not at all” confident that their current jobs will help them achieve long-term career goals.
  • Only 41% of workers at the same place for more than a decade reported ever receiving a promotion.

The study was conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

There is abundant opportunity to advance your career at Publix Super Markets. More than 9,500 associates are promoted each year into positions leading to management in our stores. More than 2,100 associates are promoted into store management. And hundreds more are promoted into corporate, distribution and manufacturing roles in the company.

Don’t get me wrong. Not everyone here moves up as fast as they want. And not everyone is management material. But the numbers above prove that there’s a lot of upward mobility at Publix for those who work hard and have the skills needed for the jobs they want to pursue.

If you want a career path, not just a job, consider Publix for your future.

12 Responses

  1. longing4publix June 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    I have been applying at Publix in Daytona Beach area stores for over a year and never heard anything back from them :(

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge June 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Thank you for your persistence in keeping your application updated. We wish we could call every applicant to personally express our gratitude for their interest. However, we receive nearly 2 million applications a year, so that’s just not possible.

      We also know it’s frustrating to apply and not know what happens on the other end of a computerized application.
      Here are a few key points that are taken into consideration when determining which candidates to interview and potentially hire.
      • Availability: Does your availability match the hours needed by the store? These needs vary by store, but nights and weekends are crucial in our business.
      • Fitting our culture: During the application, you completed a questionnaire about your work style that helped us evaluate if your preferred style is a good fit for our commitment to provide premier customer service.
      • 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.
      • Previous retail experience: Store Managers almost always hire someone with experience over someone with no experience.
      • 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.

      There is one way you can add to your odds of being invited for an interview. Develop a 30-second speech on why you would make a great Publix associate. Then go to the store where you would like to be hired and go to the department where you would most like to work. Try to avoid doing this during the store’s busiest time of the day. Ask for the manager in that department. When he or she arrives to talk with you, say why you would be interested in working in that department and then give your 30-second speech. (Note: You must have applied for a position in that department to be considered by that manager.) If you don’t hear anything from that manager in a week or two, go back to the store and speak to a manager in a different department where you applied. In other words, if you applied for a grocery clerk position, speak to a Grocery Manager. If you applied for a Deli Clerk position, speak to the Deli Manager. In the meantime, remember that you must update your application every 30 days to keep it active.

      If your efforts don’t work at one store, try them at another store. This is the best way to get noticed. But please understand it provides no guarantee that you will be hired.

      Patti

  2. angpocket16 June 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I applied and have not got no response even though I know they are hiring. What should I do next?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge June 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      Thank you for your persistence in keeping your application updated.
      We wish we could call every applicant to personally express our gratitude for their interest. However, we receive nearly 2 million applications a year, so that’s just not possible.

      We also know it’s frustrating to apply and not know what happens on the other end of a computerized application.
      Here are a few key points that are taken into consideration when determining which candidates to interview and potentially hire.
      • Availability: Does your availability match the hours needed by the store? These needs vary by store, but nights and weekends are crucial in our business.
      • Fitting our culture: During the application, you completed a questionnaire about your work style that helped us evaluate if your preferred style is a good fit for our commitment to provide premier customer service.
      • 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.
      • Previous retail experience: Store Managers almost always hire someone with experience over someone with no experience.
      • 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.

      There is one way you can add to your odds of being invited for an interview. Develop a 30-second speech on why you would make a great Publix associate. Then go to the store where you would like to be hired and go to the department where you would most like to work. Try to avoid doing this during the store’s busiest time of the day. Ask for the manager in that department. When he or she arrives to talk with you, say why you would be interested in working in that department and then give your 30-second speech. (Note: You must have applied for a position in that department to be considered by that manager.) If you don’t hear anything from that manager in a week or two, go back to the store and speak to a manager in a different department where you applied. In other words, if you applied for a grocery clerk position, speak to a Grocery Manager. If you applied for a Deli Clerk position, speak to the Deli Manager. In the meantime, remember that you must update your application every 30 days to keep it active.

      If your efforts don’t work at one store, try them at another store. This is the best way to get noticed. But please understand it provides no guarantee that you will be hired.

      Patti

  3. janicedisbrow August 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Dear Patti,

    My son in law is a current full time employee working for Publix for 5 years. He is seeking a transfer to the Palm Coast area. Is there a place where current full time openings are listed? Thanking you :) Jan

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 12, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Jan:

      Thank you for reaching out. Our store managers determine on a daily basis what needs they have and those needs shift quickly. So we don’t keep a list since it would be outdated before it was published. To seek a transfer, your son should speak with his Store Manager, who can tell him how the transfer process works. Have a great day!

      Patti

  4. mgrandison September 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    i am seeking a job at publix store am a very hard working , honest ,and easy going person ang also a outstanding personality?Thank you.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 9, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      We welcome your interest in working at Publix! All you need to do is go to a Publix store and apply at the kiosk called a Job Application Center. Then ask to speak briefly with a store manager and explain why you believe you would make a great Publix associate. Good luck!

  5. jimmy April 14, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    Hello Ms. Breckenridge,

    Thank you for taking the time in responding to all our questions. I have read several comments and searched through out the blog, and it amazes me to see how you respond with intuitive details. Not something available at many companies to see this personal touch.

    I have worked at a well known chain retailer/ drug store for 10 years, Its been a great time filled with tough moments that were overcome with positive results. I was promoted from within. Currently im an Assistant Store Manager. Now it’s time for me to seek opportunity in the prestige Publix company.

    Im curious in knowing what are some of the qualities Publix looks for in an outside candidate for a management position. Are there any contacts available for me to speak to in reference to this topic given the years committed to one company and as Assistant Store Manager.

    Again, thank you very much for all you do here on the blog and in the backstage at Publix. You are very much appreciated and I look forward in pursuing my transition to Publix.

    Thank you,
    Jim

    • Marcy
      Marcy April 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

      Hi,

      Thank you for your kind words about Patti and Publix. Recently, Patti retired and is enjoying a more quiet and less fast-paced lifestyle! I’m Marcy, the new Manager of Talent Acquisition. We do hire external candidates into management positions from time to time. I can have one of our Retail Staffing Specialists reach out to you. Can you tell me what state you live in? Perhaps a personal email is most appropriate for your response. My email address is Marcy.PublixCareers@Publix.com.

      Thank you!
      Marcy

      • jimmy April 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

        Hello Ms. Marcy,

        Im happy for Patti, and thank you for your prompt response and support. I will be contacting you shortly with my contact information. I continue to be impressed by Publix and your service on the blog, outstanding.

        Thank you!
        Jimmy

        • Marcy
          Marcy April 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

          Thank you Jimmy! I’ve contacted our Retail Staffing Specialist, Sue. She’ll be in touch to answer your questions. Have a great day!

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