OPE Interviews… Employment Advisor John Govan

J1.1 Employment Advisor John Govan speaks with a service member about employment options.

J1.1 Employment Advisor John Govan speaks with a service member about employment options.

In this ongoing series, we’ll interview members of the OPE Leadership Team, the OPE Case Management Team, statewide employers, vet reps and more. Stay tuned!


John Govan is the OPE Employment Advisor for the greater Columbia area. He assists unemployed service members, family members and veterans, as well as the civilian employers who want to hire them. Find his contact info here.

How did you first get started as an Employment Advisor?

I became an Employment Advisor for the SC National Guard in 2008 as a result of my previous job as a Military Coordinator with the Recruiting and Retention (R&R) Command. Eventually, the original R&R coordinators moved under the umbrella of the Guard’s Employment Services Division in October of 2011.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Starting the employment transition process with our soldiers and see the end result of them landing a good paying job.

What’s your best advice to unemployed service or family members who don’t know where to start?

  1. Take advantage of your J1.1 Employment Advisor. They are resourceful, knowledgeable about the workforce, and can advise on what it takes to land the job you desire.
  2. Do your homework on any and all companies prior to completing an application.
  3. Make sure you have the qualification(s) for the job. We can show you many ways to overcome any barriers to employment.
  4. Focus on the resume-building process. Your resume is a reflection of who you are on paper, and the key to getting an interview.

What’s your favorite online tool to help in the job search?

  • SCWorks.org: You can access this massive statewide database from the Job Seekers tab on Operation Palmetto Employment’s website.
  • Cool.army.mil: Credentialing Opportunities On-Line contains a variety of information about credentialing and licensing, including those relevant to your MOS.


Tell us about your family life, military history if applicable, and what you do for fun.

My twin and I are the youngest of nine siblings. We’re a tight-knit family. I retired Active Guard Reserve after 26 years. It’s an honor to continue serving SC’s military community as a civilian. I love watching and attending football games (Go Tigers!) and playing golf. I also enjoy research and development, as it helps me become more knowledgeable and effective as an Employment Advisor.

“THE NATION THAT FORGETS ITS DEFENDERS WILL ITSELF BE FORGOTTEN.”

Looking for a job along South Carolina’s Grand Strand?

Are you a veteran looking for a job along South Carolina’s Grand Strand?

HOH2_copyCheck out the Veterans’ Career and Job Fair on April 24 in Myrtle Beach. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SC National Guard Armory,  501 19th Ave. S., Myrtle Beach.

The fair is open to veterans, current service members and their spouses. About 20 employers are already signed up to attend. Some include Advanced Protection Services, the City of Myrtle Beach, Kingston Resorts Hilton, the SC Department of Public Safety, the Social Security Administration and Startek.

For more information, visit this page.

Part of Operation Palmetto Employment, the career and job fair is sponsored by the SC National Guard, SC Works Conway and the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.

South Carolina DMV Announces Military Commercial Driver Skills Test Waiver

Photo by SGT Nia McCray, SCNG

Photo by SGT Nia McCray, SCNG

Effective Monday, April 14, certain members of South Carolina’s military community will be able to transition more easily into the civilian workforce as commercial drivers. The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now joins 48 other states in allowing qualified military service members to waive the commercial skills test to obtain a commercial driver license. Read more on the DMV’s website here.