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I have worked part time in a store during high school and I am looking to go to university. What should I take to get a job with Sobeys after I graduate?

Continuing to work at a local store during your time at school will give you valuable experience to pursue a Corporate career after graduation. Sobeys offers careers in many areas like Finance, Accounting, Marketing, IT, Merchandising, Store Operations, and Human Resources.

Does Sobeys offer any scholarships to students going to post secondary institutions?

Funding from Sobeys Inc. and contributions from the Sobey family support several scholarship programs to assist young people in their individual effort to attain the education so necessary to succeed today.

The Sobeys & Empire Work Experience & Scholarship Program awards numerous scholarships. The program also offers Future Leader Awards which include support of up to $10,000 in total over four years of full-time study and summer internship employment opportunities.

The D&R Sobey Scholarship annually awards $60,000, over the course of four years’ study, to six outstanding students from Atlantic Canada pursuing a commerce degree at Queens University.

The Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies presents six $10,000 awards to full-time business school students attending schools in Atlantic Canada. Since its inception in 1989, more than $700,000 has been awarded.

I am a student who is looking for part time employment but I need a schedule that fits my life. Are working hours flexible at Sobeys stores?

Yes. Flexibility is something that all students look for in a part time job. Work schedules for store roles vary by store so when you submit your resume, be sure to include what hours you are available to work.

My knowledge of Sobeys is that you are a grocery store. Are there other options for places to work?

Yes! Sobeys is much more than just a national grocery chain. As well as careers in-store we also provide support for those stores through our retail support centres and our national and regional corporate offices throughout the country.

If I get a job at Sobeys, and then want to attend college or university in another city/town, would I be able to transfer to a store location in that city/town?

If a job becomes available at a location in the city where you will be attending school, you will have an opportunity to be transferred to that store location.

Does Sobeys offer any interenship programs or co-op programs for students?

We offer a wide array of work experience placements within the various facets of our business. These positions can be in a variety of departments including Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Store Operations, Merchandising, Marketing, Information Technology, and many other areas. Recruitment for our summer internship positions take place in the spring. Co-op positions are posted on this site as they become available.

My school has a career fair each year. Will there be a Sobeys representative that I can talk to?

We try to have some representation at local career fairs but sometimes we are unable to attend every event. We recommend that you speak with a contact person from your school to see if Sobeys is attending.

I am very interested in reducing my carbon footprint and I would like to find an employer that feels the same way. Is Sobeys trying to be green company?

From coast to coast we supply thousands of products to over 800 communities making the issue of environmental sustainability a significant priority. We’ve introduced initiatives like our reusable grocery bag, in-store conservation programs and all new building projects are done to LEED standards. We recognize that it can’t be done overnight but we are working with current and new employees to create greener communities.

Outside of work I am very interested in volunteer work within the community. Are there opportunities for me to get involved in helping out with different organizations?

Absolutely. Sobeys’ success centers around its core values, one of which is to “Proudly Serve our Community”. Across the country our employees support various charities, take part in many fundraising events, and volunteer their time to help out to ensure these events are a success. Our passion for food extends beyond our stores and into our community.

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Instructions for attaching a file to
your application:

Some of our job postings may request a copy of your transcript or other relevant file to be attached as part of the job application process.  Any type of document can be attached to your profile (such as cover letters, transcripts, reference letters, etc.) but the system is limited to accept two attachments at any one time.  If you combine cover letters, resumes, and other items into one Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) file, it will only count as one file.

When you are in the resume text editor during the job application process, you can copy and paste your cover letter or transcript text into the resume text editor, along with your resume text.  Otherwise, once the application process is completed you can attach an electronic copy of your cover letter or transcript to your sobeyscareers.com profile by following these steps:

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Click the ‘Career Center’ link in the top menu.

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Once in your Career Center click on the ‘Resume Attachments’ link.

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Click ‘Add New Resume Attachment’ on the right side of the page.

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In this section you can now upload your transcript file by clicking the ‘Browse’ button and locating the file on your computer, then clicking.

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You can now click the ‘Add Resume Attachment’ button and wait for your file to upload.  Once the upload process is complete, you will be displayed a list of
successful file uploads now attached to your profile.

Please note: Total attachments size limit is 200 kilobytes.  Here are some tips to assist you with creating a smaller file size, if necessary, in order to upload it to the system.

  • If you are using a scanner to scan a hard copy of your transcript, you will need to set the scanner setting to save the file as a low resolution image.
  • One option to create a smaller file size is by taking a screen shot of your online transcript by holding your ALT key and pressing the Print Screen button on your keyboard when the document is open, then pasting the image  into a text editor such has WordPad or Microsoft Word.
  • Microsoft Word documents can be saved as .DOCX files which are smaller than the standard .DOC file.
  • Adding your file to a zipped folder can also help to keep file size low by right clicking on your transcript file and selecting ‘Send to > Compressed (Zipped) Folder’ then choosing this file during upload.

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At Sobeys, we’ve elevated a trip to the grocery store to an enticing shopping experience. A proudly Canadian company with more than 100 years in the food business, we combine the helpful service and variety of delicious fresh and prepared foods you’d expect from a farmer’s market with all the conveniences of the modern one-stop grocery store. From skilled in-store bakers to knowledgeable fishmongers and butchers, Sobeys team members are dedicated to creating a friendly and appealing environment where the customer comes first and sustainability is at the heart of what we offer.
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Part of the Sobeys family from 2013, Safeway has been serving Canadian communities since 1929. Today there are Safeway stores from Vancouver to Thunder Bay, Ont. Our in-store bakers make artisan breads, pastries and cakes from scratch, and our deli offers hot and cold quick meal solutions, as well as freshly brewed Starbucks® and Tim Hortons® coffees. Our team is dedicated to selecting the highest quality products for our customers. Safeway florists create custom and ready-to-buy flower arrangements, and our butchers, fishmongers and grocers are always on hand to offer friendly in-store advice. We’re committed to community involvement, hunger prevention and environmental sustainability.
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Thrifty Foods grocery stores proudly serve communities across Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland British Columbia. As your greener grocer, we operate around the core values of corporate social responsibility, which include supporting B.C. farmers, protecting the oceans and partnering with vendors that use sustainable business practices. We offer hundreds of certified organic products and a range of Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance items. At our in-store bakery, The Hearth, we make artisan baked goods in our stone-hearth oven. And in the spirit of offering you quality and convenience, groceries can be ordered online for home delivery. We at Thrifty Foods are committed to helping build the kind of world we’d like to live in—today, tomorrow and in the future
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Since 1957, IGA has been dedicated to providing communities with farm-fresh produce and products at affordable prices. In over 30 convenient locations across Western Canada, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to provide customers with the highest level of service. We proudly serve the communities we work in and strive to support our local producers. At IGA, we are on a mission to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.
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Foodland stores provide a warm and friendly shopping experience in over 140 communities across Ontario. We offer customers a wide selection of fresh food, including local and internationally sourced produce, Butcher Cut meat, in-store bakery, deli, Food to Go and grocery products. We work hard to earn a special place in the hearts of our neighbours and customers. Our staff is friendly and informed, and we provide a clean and welcoming environment, making Foodland a trusted neighbourhood place to shop.
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Foodland and our family of select Co-op stores provide a clean and welcoming full-service shopping experience to customers in smaller communities in Atlantic Canada. We offer customers a wide selection of fresh produce, meats, deli meats and cheeses, and freshly baked breads and sweets. With our assortment of grocery products and frozen food, you’ll find everything on your grocery list. Locally owned and operated, we work hard to earn a special place in the hearts of our customers and neighbourhoods, too. We care about you and about making our community a better place for everyone. Our customer service is friendly, informed and eager to provide you with the best service in town, making Foodland a trusted neighbourhood place to shop.
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FreshCo offers shoppers in Ontario the quality and variety they look for in a discount grocery store—at great savings. Our grocery store is simple and inviting, with spacious aisles and an array of fresh, frozen, deli, bakery and grocery favourites, as well as international staples. We’re committed to supporting Ontario farmers and stocking local meats and seasonal produce whenever possible. The FreshCo banner lets customers stick to their budgets without having to compromise on choice or shopping experience. In fact, we offer price matching to ensure we’re guaranteed to have the lowest prices in your neighbourhood.
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Lawtons Drugs has been helping customers Look better, Feel better and Live better for more than 100 years. We are committed to the health and well-being of both our customers and our employees. We pride ourselves on having a positive and engaging environment that allows you to pursue your interests and grow with us. We have something for everyone who wants to build a successful career. With more than 79 retail locations across Atlantic Canada specializing in solutions to help our customers lead better lives, there are many opportunities for growth within the pharmacy, home health care, cosmetics, retail store, corporate office and wholesale areas. Wherever your interest lies, we all share a common goal with our parent company, Sobeys Inc., to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. Won’t you be part of our team?
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