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Using the Web to Advance Your Career

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

The Internet has become an invaluable tool for job seekers, and even for people content where they are but curious about other opportunities.  

Let me walk you through several Internet tools to use to your advantage.

Major job boards – These are websites that post job openings across many industries and locations.  Here is a list of the 15 most popular job boards of this kind.

Niche job boards – Then there are websites that specialize in posting openings for specific industries, geographic areas or demographic groups.  Here are some examples:

Social Media – You can find jobs on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  Publix uses all three to post openings and offer career advice.

Search Engines – Many employers are using strategies that allow you to find their job postings by using keywords on a search engine.  For example, if you typed “Industrial Maintenance Jobs in Tampa” into Google, you would see our openings on the second page.  You may not have even thought about Publix being a company that needs a lot of people in that field. 

Career advice – There is a wide variety of career advice on the web, helping you with resume preparation, interview tips, and salary negotiation.  This is one of the best sites to visit, but there are many others.

Company Research – Last but not least, the web is a great place to look for companies that might be a good fit for your career. 

  • Every year, FORTUNE magazine lists the 100 Best Places to Work.  Here is this year’s list. 
  • This site provides all kinds of information about employers
  • Use LinkedIn to see if you have any connections at the company you are researching.  Your connections may provide valuable behind-the-scenes information.

Twenty-five years ago, job seekers didn’t have all of this information at their fingertips.  Don’t make a decision as important as where you spend hours of your life (at work) without doing your homework on the web.

15 Responses

  1. dwflamingo April 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Hello Patti,

    I am interested in a career change. Having spent numerous years in the medical field I feel it is time for a new challenge. My number one priority is always customer service. That really is my compassion. I have spent many years in the healthcare field (clerical) and truly have endless compassion for the patients/customer. In need of a new challenge.
    I have been informed a Publix will be built in the near future behind the condo’s I live in and would love to get on board with Publix in a Clerical/Customer service type position. I have years of billing, collections, verifying insurance, scheduling, etc. Is it an easy transition from healthcare to retail?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge April 9, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix! The transition from medical administration to retail is difficult because you would be standing all the time. The transition is less when you move into one of our corporate positions, but there may not be any near you. Our Store Managers prefer to hire people who have had stand-up work, but if you are still interested, please apply and speak briefly with a manager about why you want to work at Publix. The manager can provide you with additional advice.


  2. rita May 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Hi Patti, Im a part time employee and Im interested in full position as cashier I work at 818,and I was wondering do you know of any bigger Publix that need fulltime cashiers, Im interested to go to a bigger store also. I retired from Publix in 2007 as a full time cashier now Im back and I love it:) Thank You for your help Rita

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 27, 2014 at 10:54 am #


      Thank you for your dedicated service to Publix and to our customers! We do not have access to information about cashier openings here at the corporate offices. The only way to find out is to call managers at surrounding stores.


  3. fashionasap88 June 2, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Good evening Patti,

    I recently applied at Publix for the Warehouse Selector,AM, and took the Publix Invitation to Test last week. I want to check the status of my application, how will i be able to know if i qualified for the position?

    Thank you,


    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge June 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm #


      You will be called if the hiring manager wants to interview you.
      Thanks for considering Publix in your job search!


  4. fashionasap88 June 5, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Hello Patti,

    Thank you.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge June 6, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      You are more than welcome.


  5. wmitch3rd June 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Patti I am very interested in start a new career with publix. I am a former employee for Walmart. I was recently released due to a discrepancy in their attendance policy. I am a team player and very ready to start working again. Can u please assist me in what I need to do to apply….thank u so much.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge June 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in working at Publix! If you go to this web page, it will tell you how to apply as well as give you information about working in our stores:

      We welcome your application.


  6. ilovecarmella July 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    I have heard excellent reviews on your company. I have recently moved to South Carolina and I’m interested in starting a new career. Although I have worked as a medical receptionist for many years now, I have worked as a grocery check out clerk while my children were growing up in NJ. I applied at one of your kiosks in Cane Bay and was thrilled to have been granted two interviews. Unfortunately the store that was anxious to hire me was on Dorchester Road in N. Charleston and it was much further away then I had hoped. I have been following up on my application but I’m not sure that it is still active for a closer store to where I reside. I see on your site that I need to update my application every 30 days but I can’t seem to find out just how to do that. Please advise me how to update my application because I would still love to become part of the Publix family.
    Thank you so much for your help,

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge July 31, 2014 at 9:51 am #


      Thank you so much for your interest in working at Publix! To update your application, go into any Publix store and go to the kiosk. The update process only takes a few minutes.


  7. kddcd123 May 8, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi patti need your advice
    Been working at publix this October 8 years in manufacturing the pay scale for my position is i think start$12.75 mid $15.10 top$17.45 my pay is $14.25 my problem is i feel that i should be making more im not even at mid pay yes years ago i had a few life issues that made me late some days or had to call in sometimes but nothing serious and that was years ago now im doing great.Ive always done my job great i know everything there is to know about my position i get good evaluations from management.So when i found out that a part timer recently became full time and make .25 less than me it was like a blow very hurtful and some of my other coworkers with less time and experience make more than me.long story short what should i do because raise time is approaching should i talk to management or what please help.

    • Maura Satchell May 10, 2016 at 11:33 am #

      Hi, and thank you for your service to our company. Your best bet is to speak with your manager about how you feel. You can also contact the Support Associate Relations Specialist for your area.


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