We own and operate the world's leading chain of natural and organic food supermarkets, with over 470 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. We are proud to be America's first national certified organic grocer.
How to Get Hired
We asked Whole Foods Market for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
Candidates will stand out if they demonstrate flexibility, integrity, empathy and possess an optimistic outlook. We look for people who are passionate about serving others and who can provide the highest level of customer service. It is important that the candidate’s employment history shown on their resume is aligned with the position they are applying for along with a great cover letter that explains why they think they are the right fit. As our company evolves, successful candidates will be committed to our mission, are collaborative in nature, will constantly innovate and are driven by results and can embrace change.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
First and foremost, candidates need to use the right channels to apply and fully complete an application indicating why they think WFM is a great fit for their aspirations. Candidates should show enthusiasm throughout the screening/interviewing process. Indicate what they hope to learn by working for WFM. Exude a positive attitude and genuine interest in the company will get the recruiters attention
Candidates should take the initiative to connect with available or future opportunities. Their areas of expertise should be easily distinguishable in their resumes, social media profiles, personal blogs or any channel that will help communicate who they are. From there, candidates can start interacting with our Team Members by visiting the stores within their communities, following our social recruiting channels, or by getting involved in one of the many community activities we support.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Our need for a variety of talent and skill sets at all levels is always growing. The stores offer a variety of roles that provide a career path for people who start in entry level roles. Some essential positions include front line roles in seafood, produce, meat, customer service, floral, bakery, Whole Body and specialty. We are constantly looking for Prepared Foods candidates who are passionate about healthy eating and great tasting food. We will hire leadership positions who lead in a variety of areas--from our distribution centers to our stores. The technology and marketing teams will have a variety of roles in the areas of e-Commerce, development, solution architecture, data analysts, and consumer insights and CRM. On the merchandising team, we continue to hire category managers, data analytics specialists, space planners, purchasing specialists, foragers and other roles that directly support the non-perishables and perishables merchandising teams.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
For new store openings, we host career fairs and pre-hiring events for leadership opportunities. Candidates should also keep an eye on our careers site where new positions get posted daily across the company. Instead of setting profiles in several job boards, we advise candidates to set up a complete profile in our Applicant Tracking System and set alerts to be notified about potential roles. Candidates should visit the stores to discover the areas in which they may be a good fit. For any role, it is important that potential candidates know the store culture and understand our Core Values and mission before applying. We also encourage candidates to follow our social recruiting channels to learn more about our unique culture and interact with Team Members and recruiters. Even if there are no positions available at the time, you can establish a connection and hopefully be considered for future openings.