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Some tips on landing support jobs at Publix

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

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 support position you want, browse the openings on our website 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 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.


68 Responses

  1. michellevanderlaan September 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Thank you Patti! What a great suggestion to take up a part-time position to increase your chances. I’m currently studying to take the PHR exam next year. Working for Publix in the Human Resources division is my ultimate goal. Keep these blogs coming! Happy Friday. 🙂

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge September 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Michelle: I’m glad our blogs are helpful. Keep persisting!

      • Yacoub September 2, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

        Hey Patti,

        I don’t know if i am too late to post, however I started working at Publix warehouse in march 2015. I currently have a two year degree in computer science from PSC. I want to keep my career here at Publix but in the IT dept. The problem is though I am stuck with were to go from here. I want more info on all IT positions available with Publix and a guide on the right path to take for more education, like which college do I transfer to, what major, courses to expect, etc…

        Thanks in advance

        • Maura Satchell
          Maura Satchell September 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

          Hi Yacoub, and thank you for your loyal contributions to our company’s success! I suggest you reach out to our I.T. recruiter with details about your educational background and experience. Be sure to note that you are a current associate in your message. You can email him at: . Best of luck!

          • Yacoub September 12, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

            Thank you so much

          • Maura Satchell
            Maura Satchell September 16, 2015 at 10:07 am #

            It’s our pleasure and apologies for the delay in replying, Yacoub.

  2. rleesman October 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I have been trying for a year and half for a job at Publix. Could you tell me what I might be doing wrong. I have gone back and changed my start date, nothing different. I would be very glad for a part-time to start and work up.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge October 23, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      I know it’s frustrating to want a job and not get called for an interview. Competition for jobs in our stores is very stiff. We receive nearly one million applications a year for the 40,000 openings that occur in our stores. You can set yourself apart from others by making sure your application clearly shows all of the days and times that you would be available for work. Also, speak with a manager at each store where you would like to work and briefly explain why you would make a valuable employee. I wish you the best!

  3. rrlm4 November 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I have been working for publix for 9+ years in several stores and states and would ultimately like to move back to Florida and work for corporate. I know I would need to go back to school and get a degree. Being that there isn’t one specific job I’m wanting to have, what kind of degree should I work on attaining? Would publix hire me while still in school working toward the degree required or preferred for certain jobs? I am currently an Assistant Produce manager and may be interested in working in the produce RBU. How can I get the ball rolling on making this happen one day?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Thank you for your dedicated service to Publix! I have several suggestions on improving your chances of obtaining a corporate position.
      (1) Go to this web page to learn more about our Corporate Purchasing department:
      (2) Ask your Produce Manager for advice on pursuing a career in the Produce RBU.
      (3) Later, ask your Store Manager for tips on how to move up at Publix.
      This research should help you follow your dream!


  4. centeno November 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    i fill applicants i wil like to know if it has been seen ‘

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge November 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      Where did you apply and for what position?

  5. rdlh22 February 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I am a few semesters away from finishing my Bachelors degree at FSU in Business administration. I am a veteran of the US Army and have been with Publix for six years and look forward to many more. My goal is to work in Human Resources, Accounting, or Finance. I know these jobs are located in Lakeland, but are these jobs in Atlanta? Thanks for your time.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge February 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      Congratulations on your coming graduation! And thank you for your dedicated service to Publix!
      We do have some field positions in the Atlanta division for the departments you mention.
      The good news is that when an opening occurs, it will be posted on
      Just make sure you sign in as a Publix associate, since you will see a longer list of openings than an external candidate would.
      When you see an opening that interests you, please apply immediately as the postings sometime stay up for only a short period.
      My recommendation is for you to create an account on the website and then sign up for a Job Search Agent.
      The agent will send you emails when openings occur in the departments and locations you prefer.
      I hope this helps!


  6. eddiear February 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Hello there Mrs. Breckenridge. I have been working for Publix for 9 years and right now I am pursuing my Bachelor’s in IT. I have been looking for IT jobs within the company for the last 2 years, but it seems Publix requires applicant with 2 years of experience in the field. In my University, there are several companies that offer a lot of internships and jobs where I can gain experience, but I do not want to leave my job at Publix. On the other hand, I want to make my resume more appealing and gain all this knowledge. Any suggestions? Is there any type of shadowing I can do with any Publix IT employee?

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell February 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm #


      Hi, thank you for your service to Publix. If you will send me your contact information and resume by email, I will get it to the I.T. Recruiter who can offer you some advice.

  7. jacksalt February 27, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Hello Patti, I’m hoping you can direct me to the proper area. Having been in the food service business for years, I have noticed a great inconsistency in your Deli hot tables in my area of Southeastern Fl., not only in consistency but also in quality. All your stores are different in their presentation daily and weekly. Having been directly involved during Wendy’s national hot table rollout years ago I see how important it is for customers coming to expect consistency from store to store and how that drives sales and customer satisfaction with the products. Imagine a customer who loves a certain lunch or dinner offering, knowing it is available every Tuesday for example and planning their lunch or dinner according to Publix consistency of offering that item every Tuesday! Also, managers consistently monitoring those hot tables to make sure your products are presentable, not presently happening! Also presently the percentage of waste must be enormous (observation from the condition of most of your hot tables at 2pm any given day) Times that with the number of hot tables in your system. I believe I could solve this problem as an employee of Publix! Where would you direct me to? Thanks, Jack.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell February 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      Jack, if you are interested in selling or providing a service to Publix, you need to visit Publix.Biz. This blog is a forum for career seekers.

      Maura Satchell

      • jacksalt February 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

        Thank you for your timely response! However I believe your misunderstanding my intentions. Isn’t there a department at the corporate level that plans and monitors your deli hot tables such as planning, organizing or providing help to the stores to improve what you are currently providing! Please don’t take any of my statements as criticism, they are not intended that way. I just believe that you are presently missing the boat in profitability in that area. I am asking as someone who believes that as an employee of Publix I could contribute greatly in that area. How about a hot table mystery shopper? By your answer I just felt you took my comments the wrong way and blew me off! Just saying, Jack.

        • Maura Satchell
          Maura Satchell February 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

          Jack, my apologies for misunderstanding the nature of your question. The position you are referring is filled by internal candidates. Because we are a promote from within company, you’re best bet would be to apply at the Job Application Center kiosk of your favorite Publix store as a Deli Clerk. It would allow you the opportunity to learn the operations and develop your career. This link offers great information about working in our stores and how to apply. I hope this helps and apologize again for misunderstanding your comment. Have a great day!
          – Maura

  8. mandavalga March 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Hello Patti,

    I know that this blog is a few years old, but I still found it very helpful. I have applied for several jobs within the last few months, but have only heard back on one. It is a part-time hourly support position with the RBU and I will be doing some pre-employment testing this evening.

    However, I was wondering what would make me better qualified for a full time position. I live about an hour and a half from the corporate offices, and if possible would prefer to get a regular full time position. Can you tell me what would make me more attractive for those positions? Working at publix and pursuing a career there is a dream that I would love to see realized.



    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge March 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Hi Amanda!

      Thank you for our interest in working at Publix. What matters most — both for part-time and full-time positions — is how well you meet the required and preferred qualifications for a position. So the best way to be seriously considered for a full-time position is to apply for one that best matches your work, education and life experience.


  9. Shannon Freeman July 23, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Good morning Patti,
    I am a former Publix associate who is wanting to return. I applied for the Risk Management position on June 18, 2014, but have not heard anything yet. Is it possible to find out if I am being considered?

    Thank You,
    Shannon Freeman

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm #


      You are still under consideration. The hiring manager hasn’t yet determined who to interview.


  10. Shannon Freeman July 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Thank you Patti.

  11. kirkbrown32 August 6, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    My name is Kirk Brown and I have been applying to join your distribution center team, as a Warehouse Selector in Dacula, GA; and after numerous attempts, I was wondering are there any additional tips and/or information that may be helpful to me finally landing a job at Publix? I was actually referred by a current employee. Also, does the initial assessment test stay on file to be a reference source for the hiring personnel to use with every job you apply for? Thanks again for the time you took to read this and enjoy the rest of your day.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm #


      Your test scores were not high enough to make you eligible for the positions that require the test. You can retake the test in one year. In the meantime, you can apply for any of the Operator positions since they do not require that test.

      I hope this helps.


  12. Shannon Freeman August 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Patti,

    I haven’t heard anything regarding the Risk Management position that I applied for, but saw online that the position is closed. Does this mean I am no longer being considered?
    Thank You,
    Shannon Freeman

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge August 7, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      Yes, that means the position has been filled. An email was sent to you yesterday. Please check your Spam folder. Have a great day!


  13. jcmartinez December 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Dear Patti. I would like to know how do I apply for an administrative or financial position in the Corporation or the administrative area of Distribution. I have experience in the food industry and is a great desire to work in this great company.

    Juan Carlos Martinez
    Orlado, Fl.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 23, 2014 at 10:46 am #


      All Distribution positions open to outside candidates are posted at If you don’t see an opening there that fits your skills and needs, please create an account and sign up for a Job Search Agent. The Agewnt will send you email notifications when openings occur in the department and location of your choice. Have a happy holiday!


  14. karen December 23, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    MS Breckenridge
    I am currently working as an administrative assistant in the insurance industry, and am considering applying to Publix. I am hoping you can tell me whether or not a resume’ will be considered if I send it and a job is not listed on the Publix employment site. I rarely see listings for this type of position. Thank you for your time and assistance.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge December 23, 2014 at 10:43 am #


      Excellent question. Our hiring managers do not consider unsolicited resumes. They only check applications for open positions.


  15. dubhen280 January 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    hello I was interviewed for a position as a shipping room operator in the dairy on January 12th 2015 I have not gotten a response by email as to whether or not I have been accepted or not but I noticed that the job opening is back posted. does this mean that I did not get the job. Ore should reapply

  16. mark.taylor3 April 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    I have recently submitted an application into the system for the position of Division Manager which is requisition number 11827. I would like to add some additional information to the application. Is it possible to submit an addendum to an application already in the system and currently in the “considering” status?

    Thanks very much

    Mark Taylor

    • Marcy
      Marcy April 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Unfortunately, applicants are unable to modify or revise their applications once they’ve been submitted. I suggest that you develop some speaking points around those items in case you’re invited for an interview or phone screen.

      Thank you,

  17. mark.taylor3 April 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Thank you for the advice. I will develop the appropriate points in order to expand upon the information in my resume. Another question which I did have is whether or not there is a time frame for the length of time a job remains open? Needless to say that I am very excited about the position and the opportunity to work at Publix.

    Mark Taylor

    • Marcy
      Marcy April 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

      That’s a great question, Mark. We tend to leave our position posted through the offer phase. We do that in case the selected candidate declines the offer and we need to go back to the drawing board. So don’t be surprised if you see the position open for a while longer. Thanks and the best of luck to you!

  18. mark.taylor3 April 24, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks again for the information and hopefully I will get that call for a chance to interview for the Division Manager’s position. Have a great day and weekend!

    • Marcy
      Marcy April 24, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      Thanks, Mark – it’s my pleasure! I hope you have a wonderful day, too. And enjoy the weekend – it’ll be beautiful!

  19. mark.taylor3 May 7, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    Good morning I hope that all is well. I thought that I would take this opportunity to log in again and see if there was any way you could tell me if I was still under consideration for the Division Manager’s Position in Jacksonville. In the system that is my status so I am still hoping for a call and a chance to interview.

  20. mark.taylor3 May 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Checking in again on my application status I noticed today that the job which I was hoping to interview for said filled. My assumption is that the position has been filled with a person yet the job is still listed in the search category. Is this simply an update situation?

    • Marcy
      Marcy May 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      I’m sorry that you weren’t selected for interview. I believe the job still appears within the search category because, even though it’s filled, there is a system delay before the position comes down.

      Keep looking, though, because new positions open all the time at Publix!


  21. uconnprof June 26, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    Dear Patti,

    I have a friend who would very much like to work in any position, including part-time, at Publix. He has applied, but not been contacted. While he is a hard worker and intelligent (college degree), he also has a developmental disability (Asperger’s).

    Publix is a corporate donor in this field. Does it have any special hiring program for people with developmental disabilities? If so, how should my friend proceed?

    UConn Prof

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell June 30, 2015 at 8:19 am #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in getting your friend a position within Publix. Patti has retired and is living a life of semi-leisure these days. =) Hiring and working with persons with disabilities is a part of our culture. Our environment at Publix welcomes and invites persons with disabilities to apply and gain meaningful employment. Just to ease your friend’s mind, our application does not ask anything about disabilities. If he is called for an interview, this would be the time to discuss if he needs any type of accommodation. Publix has specific training for each position so our associates understand our standards and procedures. I recommend that your friend visit the Publix store of his choice and complete an application at our Job Application Center, which is located in the front end of our stores. Once he applies, his application can be viewed by the other stores in the area. Our applications take about 30-40 minutes to complete and are active for 30 days. After 30 days, it must be updated but this can be done quickly. I hope this helps.

      • uconnprof July 20, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

        Dear Maura,
        Thank you for your response. “My friend” has been updating his application every month, but receives no response. I suspect there is something in his application that turns off potential interviewers. Is there some way you or someone on your team could review his resume to provide him with help? This seems to be a situation where he would probably be hired if he could get an interview (he worked for several years for a major supermarket chain in New England before moving to Florida within the last year), but he cannot get to that stage. (Would it be improper for me to help him re-file his application?)

        Thanks for your help,
        UConn Prof

  22. ramnadh July 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi Maura,

    Amazing job! What is your best advise in helping someone prepare for an in person interview when test related to the job is administered on the day of the interview? What preparations should be made to help with the HR tests administered?


    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell July 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi and thank you for your question. My suggestion is to try to remain as calm and relaxed as possible and be as natural as possible in your interview. Sometimes, the more you overthink things, the more tense you get and it may come across in an interview as a lack of confidence. Think of it this way: You’ve made it this far, which shows you have something good to offer. Now it’s your turn to own it and shine during the test and interview.

  23. ramnadh July 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks for your quick response. What would be the best ways to prepare in advance for the HR test.

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell July 8, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      It depends upon the particular position and the required qualifications. Each assessment is different. As long as you meet the required qualifications, you should consider yourself ready for it.

  24. smiddy89 September 23, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    my name is Dustin an I was reading on a website to were people were asking questions and your helping answer. So i wondering if you could give me some information. I currently work at the lakeland warehouse. I do PM selecting, I am trying to move within our company to an AM shift. I have applied on line. My question is when I login to look under application status one of the jobs says “offer process” and the other says “under consideration” I am thrown off what offer process means and why that status has not changed. When I call to see if the job has been filled, I’m told I will receive a email if I am concitered. Can you Please help me understand what that “offer process” status means thank you so much

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell September 24, 2015 at 10:39 am #

      Dustin, I’m honestly not sure. You may call the Employment Office at extension 32504.

  25. ismvelas2 January 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi my names Ismael Velasquez I have been under consideration for the dacula,ga warehouse position for warehouse person also selector. I wanted to know is this good news ? How will I know I will get a interview? Thankyou .

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell January 8, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      Of course it is good news! Our hiring managers will be sifting through applications and if you are among those they wish to test / interview, they will contact you. Feel free to apply for other openings while you are waiting, and best of luck to you, Ismael!

  26. kbaker728 March 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi, My name is Kevin and I recently had the first interview for the ISTS Support Technician position in Pensacola. I have noticed the position is no longer on the open positions listing. The job submission status shows I am still under consideration. If the job I applied for is no longer listed does that mean I didn’t get the position?

    • Maura Satchell
      Maura Satchell March 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

      No, as it notes, you are “under consideration.” You will be notified if you are among those candidates the hiring managers wish to consider further. Best of luck!

  27. steven english June 3, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    Hey I was just wondering how long the the back ground and drug test result take to get back I did a agility test and drug test 3 weeks ago for box meats selector position and still haven’t heard anything

    • Maura Satchell June 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

      It can take several weeks to review all applicant submissions. Hang in there, Steven!

  28. Jaime Anderson July 21, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Hi my name is Jaime and I applied for the Production Worker B position at the Publix Bakery Plant in Lakeland Fl. I went for an interview on May 25th and it seemed to go well. It’s been about 8 weeks now and I still haven’t heard anything. The status of my application still says “under consideration “. I called the employment office and was told to keep checking my status. Does it usually take this long to hear back?

    • Maura Satchell July 22, 2016 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Jaime, as a matter of fact, it does! Our Hiring Managers often receive hundreds of applications for each open position which must all be reviewed carefully. They do this in addition to their regular work. I’ve checked and your application is under review so hang in there.

    • Maura Satchell July 27, 2016 at 10:42 am #

      Hi Jaime, it does! Our Hiring Managers often receive hundreds of applications for each open position which must all be reviewed carefully. They do this in addition to their regular work. I’ve checked and your application is under review so hang in there.

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