Careers Information

Interested in working for Trader Joe's?

Check out the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about TJ's Careers:

We want to meet you in person! We encourage you to stop by and fill out an application at your local store. We are accepting applications each and every day, during regular business hours.

While we may not have specific openings for positions at the stores in your area, we are accepting applications every day, at every store.

When Trader Joe's comes to town, we will post hiring dates, times and locations on our Join Our Crew page.

You will be contacted by the same store at which you applied. The store will let you know if you have been selected for further interviews.

While we don't take ourselves too seriously, we take our business seriously. With that said, feel free to leave the tuxedo at home, along with the sandals. Comfortable business casual attire should be just fine.

Yes! We take pride in continued development and training. Over 75% of our Mates have been promoted from our Crew. Promotions are performance based, which means your passion and dedication determines your growth.

Merchants at Trader Joe's are promoted exclusively from the Crew role. Merchants are experienced and committed Crew Members, focused on setting the standard for a WOW Customer Experience.

Candidates who are interested in pursuing leadership opportunities are welcome to submit a resume and cover letter online. Search and apply for available Mate opportunities here.

We typically review candidates within 6 to 8 weeks. Candidates are welcome to log-in to our system, at any time, to review the status of their application. Check your application status in the Previous Applicants section on our Join Our Crew page.

Captains at Trader Joe's are promoted exclusively from the Mate role. Captains are focused on developing Crew Members and fostering teams necessary to run the store.

Our Mates typically work a schedule of 40 to 47.5 hours per week. Captains typically work 50 hours per week.

If you are not selected for a position, you may re-apply, at any time – either in-person or online. We’re thrilled you enjoy our stores enough to pursue a career with us.