Who better to pick the brain of than Pete Johnson of Northeast Florida’s “WorkSource” for advice on veterans’ employment matters and insight into the Navy’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Regarding military transitions, Johnson says, “I’m living them daily!” His average day consists of a barrage of calls and emails from transitioning service members and veterans seeking either transition or employment assistance. Counseling these clients one-on-one is his true passion.
Johnson served more than 22 years in the Navy, retiring as a telecommunications Senior Chief Petty Officer. He’s been the lead U.S. Department of Labor TAP facilitator for six years at the naval station in Mayport, Florida and possesses 15 years of experience as a northeast Florida workforce professional.
He’s one of the team of veterans’ representatives that work for WorkSource, the regional workforce organization. The veterans’ reps, all former military themselves, help veterans with career advice and referrals to services in the eight careers centers WorkSource operates in the six NE Florida counties.
Leveraging his military background and extensive human resources experience in representing and supporting local businesses in meeting their employment goals, Johnson counsels many TAP and Executive TAP participants each week. He’s been known to answer the commonly asked question, “Can you help me find a job?” with a question, “I’ll assist you, surely, but are you willing to help yourself find a job?”