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Confessions of a serial job-seeker

Maura Satchell

Maura Satchell

It’s not that I’ve led a perpetual job search for myself.  To be fair, over the years I did pound the pavement a few times of times before landing my dream job here at Publix.  But more recently, family members and friends have come to me for help and assistance.  I don’t know what it is, but I find the job search process an oddly fulfilling venture.

It was a whole different ballgame before the internet of course.  But ever since the dialup connection succeeded in our 1993 second-hand HP-286, I was hooked!  I’d recently married a Brit who gave up Queen, country, and a great job to join me stateside.   I naturally felt it incumbent upon myself to help him navigate the confusing landscape of U.S. employers.  Then a friend came along with a waning consulting business.   She was in need of benefits, so scoring a job with a stable employer was important to her.   Then it was my two sons.   Although they would rather have been hanging out with their friends, I was eager to see them become contributing members of society!

So I developed a bevy of bookmarks and job-seeking hints and tricks.  Fellow savvy job-seekers probably know most of these.  For instance, Indeed and Simply Hired are leaders among several good job aggregators.  That is, they are job boards that combine the job listings from other sites, including some company careers sections, online job boards and employment agencies in one handy searchable collection.

Government jobs usually offer good benefits, reasonable security and some opportunities for advancement.  If you are on the hunt for a position in federal public service, point your browser to USAJobs.  The key is crafting a focused search that provides the results you want and nothing more.  State government jobs are listed online and can typically be found by conducting a Google or Bing search for the State’s Department of Labor.  City and county jobs are also an option and can typically be found through a link at the municipality’s website.

In the private sector, you have job boards including Monster and CareerBuilder.  And don’t forget Linkedin, the world’s largest professional network site.  This previous blog offers some good information on using Linkedin in your career search.  You can search for jobs on Twitter  and Facebook too.  Finally, if you want to focus on only one specific company, go straight to that company’s website.  It is likely to have a “Jobs” or “Careers” link at the landing page.  Publix does.

If you want to work for Publix, know that getting a job here is highly competitive.  You can learn a great deal about what our company has to offer by reading through the Careers section of our website.   The promote-from-within culture means your best bet is to start in a position at one of our retail stores where the majority of our new hires begin.  For that, you’ll want to head to your nearest Publix and apply at the Job Application Center (JAC for short).   Be sure to update your application monthly to keep it active.  After applying, deliver a quick “elevator speech” to a manager at the store.   Explain why you’d make a great Publix associate, noting you recently applied and in what positions you’d be interested.

If you have your heart set on a job within our Corporate, Manufacturing, or Distribution operations, Hourly Support jobs are the best way to get your foot in the door.  Check our support job openings frequently as they change often.  While there, you can set up a Job Search Agent to receive email notices when job openings fitting your keywords are posted.

Here’s hoping you gain the job of your dreams quickly.   But if not, hone your job-search skills.  Chances are, you’ll get a great job and job-seeking experience along the way.   And who knows?   You may end up helping your friends and family with their job searches later on, too!

2 Responses

  1. bromero November 9, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I would love to work for Publix again. As a current serial job seeker, what would you recommend to me? I put in an application through JAC last week and called the three stores in my area. Two of the three are accepting applications but are currently full staffed. I was thinking of going to those stores and offering my skills to them in hopes of a future job.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 18, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      You idea is a good one. Introduce yourself personally to a manager and briefly state why you would make a valuable Publix associate.

      Patti

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