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Service members and veterans let’s talk!

Maura Satchell

Maura Satchell

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As the Blue Star mom of two Iraq War veterans, I’ve been honored to interact with service members, vets and military families for more than a decade now. I’m constantly struck by the altruism, professionalism and decency you all possess. And it pains me to hear of the challenges that vets face in finding gainful employment after serving our country.

The sad reality is, you’re looking for work in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the odds you face are tremendous. At Publix, we receive more than two million applications a year for 40,000 openings. And in our industry, where margins are as slim as the hole in a needle, matching a company’s needs with the perfect candidate is mission critical.

Be encouraged, though, because there are several things in your favor as a service member transitioning out, or an honorably discharged vet. You probably have marketable skills such as communications, technology, management, procurement, logistics, or culinary. You also have a number of great personal attributes — dedication, loyalty, self-discipline, the ability to function amidst chaos, experience working with team members from diverse backgrounds – that will serve an employer well too.

Here at Publix, we find veterans with the appropriate experience as potential matches for a wide range of jobs. We’re talking store skilled positions leading to management such as Bakers, Meat Cutters, and Pharmacists. We’re also talking about jobs within our Distribution, Industrial Maintenance, I.T., Human Resources, Accounting and Procurement departments, among others.

So just how do you translate your experience into “civilianese” that a hiring manager can understand? I’ve got just the tool! This handy Occupation Translator identifies transferrable skills and provides equivalent civilian terms to use on a resume.

Let’s use the Marine Corps Rifleman ( 0311) for example. That Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) has 11 marketable civilian skills according to the translator which identifies comparable civilian job titles most suited to those skills. Watch for openings among your preferred employers that match the titles from your list and apply when they are posted. Be sure to note the corresponding civilian skills prominently in your resume or application alongside your MOS title.

If you are hoping to get a job with Publix (and we’d be honored if you are), know that being able to work effectively with customers is the most important characteristic needed to succeed here. We are dedicated to providing premier customer service to internal and external customers alike and seek that same dedication in those we hire. If you share that commitment, decide whether you want to work in one of our more than 1,075 stores located throughout the Southeast, or would prefer a support position in one of our Corporate, Manufacturing or Warehouse locations.

If a store position sounds appealing to you, visit your favorite store and apply at the Job Application Center kiosk. Read more about this process here. If a support position is what you are after, go to this page to see current openings. Apply for any for which you are qualified and interested. While at that site, set up a Job Search Agent to receive emails when new job openings matching your interests are posted.

Thank you for your service to our country and “welcome home.” Here’s hoping you land the civilian job of your dreams in short order. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to share them below!


14 Responses

  1. Tony December 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Thank you for the kind words of encouragement to all veterans!

    After 24 years as a Marine Corps officer the job market does look pretty bleak right now. However, it is good to know that corporations like Publix recognize the valuable skills that we veterans have earned during our service. I look forward to reviewing your current openings. Semper Fidelis–Tony

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell December 3, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Semper Fi to you, Tony, and thank you for your service! By all means, review the current openings and set up a Job Search Agent to email you when job vacancies in the categories you are most interested in are posted. If we can be of further help, you know how to reach us.

  2. spcowens January 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    I can honestly say, that Publix is a place that I wouldn’t mind having the opportunity for management. They truly seem like a wonderful company to work for, considering the friendly customer service the employees provide. I am also a vet who has 9 months before the difficult transition becomes official. I seem to keep finding myself look at what Publix has to offer. I am working on a Masters in Business admin with a concentration in management. How would this help me when applying for a job with the company, if I hope to make assistant department manager in a short period?

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell January 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Thank you for your service! Hopefully, the transition won’t be difficult for you. I may be partial, but I truly do believe Publix is a wonderful fit for those who’ve served, offering a cohesive structure, strong sense of service and social responsibility, great training that instills confidence in you as you go about your job, a ready-made “family” invested in one another’s success as they share a common goal, much like you’ve experienced in the service.

      I don’t like to send you to another blog to read but this one, Fast-track management programs, may provide some great answers for you. I’d also like to invite you to join our conversation on Facebook where we provide hints, tips, job announcements and more. Our page there is Publix Careers . Again, thank you so much for your service and sacrifice and let me know if I can be of further service to you.

  3. rmarksbary February 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi Mrs. Satchell,

    My name is Raymond Marksbary and I am really interested in joining the Publix family. Currently, I live in Indianapolis but am seriously considering a move to Jensen Beach, FL. I would love an opportunity to work for Publix but at this I’m not sure how I would apply from Indiana. I’ve combed the Publix website and the only option mentioned is an in-store kiosk. Is there a way to apply online for out of towner’s? Thank you for your assistance!

    Raymond Marksbary
    US Army (Ret) 1LT

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell February 24, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      Hi Raymond and thank you for your service to our country. Unfortunately, you’d have to go to a store location to apply for store jobs. There is a good blog that explains why we buck the trend and insist on this. You can read it here.

      I am not sure what kind of position you are seeking but remember we have “support” openings too. Support jobs are those not in our stores, but rather in Corporate, Manufacturing, Distribution, Industrial Maintenance, I.T., or Pharmacy. You can view these openings at . I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, just ask!


  4. nanging June 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    As a GoldStar wife of a Viet Nam era soldier I find myself needing to supplement my income. I live in Macon, Ga. and am seeking employment. Is there anything available for me ?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge June 24, 2014 at 8:38 am #

      Thank you for thinking of Publix! As you know, there are two Publix stores in the city of Macon. Only the store managers at each store would know if there are any openings there. We would welcome your application! There is a Job Application Center in each store. After applying, please speak with a manager to let them know why you would make a great Publix associate.


  5. randallca August 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Hello I am a stay at home mom to three beautiful kids. I was honorably discharged from the USMC in 2006 and opted to stay home with my kids. Now I am ready to work again. I have submitted my job application at my local Publix here in Oviedo Fl and now I await a phone call. Is it considered good initiative to call to inquire about my application? Please advise on what is my best follow up action to have a great chance of employment? Thank you

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

      Thank you for your dedicated service to our country and for being a good mom. You definitely should speak with a manager at the store to learn about potential openings and to explain why you want to work there.
      Your application can be seen at other Publix stores, so please consider talking with managers there as well.


  6. usmcret January 11, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Does Publix have statistics on how many veterans it employees?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge January 12, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      No we do not ask that question when people apply for work here.


  7. Patti Breckenridge
    Patti Breckenridge March 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I don’t know what Thunderbird is.


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