FastForward Blog

Understanding the Cost of Hiring a New Employee

Published: November 15, 2018
Look, we know this is going to sound of preachy, but we need to have a serious chat for a moment about why you should take job interviews VERY seriously. According to a study conducted by the Society of Human Resources Management the average cost to hire a new employee is $4,129. And the average…
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A FastForward Coach Who Comes to Your First Class

Published: November 5, 2018
Sherry Pinto, the FastFoward Career Coach at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), spends her days helping people who want better careers. “I had a guy come in last Friday who said he wanted a career and not a job,” said Pinto. “I think people are starting to get the message that we provide training to…
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The National Conversation Surrounding Skills Workers Continues

Published: October 30, 2018
You know when a commercial brand like Timberland gets in on the conversation, there might be something to the chatter. The need for skilled workers is at an all-time high in Virginia. The National Skills Coalition has stated that almost every state has skills gap – and in Virginia alone, middle-skill jobs account for 49…
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Do the Unexpected with FastForward Career Training

Published: October 22, 2018
Right or wrong, there are a lot of preconceived notions about “men’s work” and “women’s work.” There are still plenty of industries that are dominated by one gender or the other. But if you’re qualified for the work, your sex, age, religion, etc. shouldn’t matter. That’s why we love to see our FastForward graduates going…
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Coaching Students Through First-Hand Experiences

Published: October 8, 2018
Renee Michelle Chalmers has walked in the shoes of her students. She had a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees and held two jobs but she was still struggling to make a living wage. She was doing work that she loved, but she was underemployed and living in poverty. Chalmers is a FastForward Career Coach at…
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Job Interview Advice from FastForward Career Coaches

Published: October 1, 2018
It’s an old saying, but it’s still true: You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Our FastForward Career Coaches have seen a lot. They know the common mistakes people make when they interview for jobs. How? Because they often conduct mock interviews with FastForward graduates and will share their knowledge and…
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Combating Underemployment with FastForward Job Training

Published: September 27, 2018
The official unemployment rate paints a pretty rosy picture these days. But the jobless stats don’t count the number of people who WANT full-time work, but who must cobble together several part-time jobs to make ends meet. Those folks are called “underemployed,” and in spring of 2018, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership estimated the state’s…
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Your Job Hunting Secret Weapon? A FastForward Career Coach

Published: September 11, 2018
While unemployment in Virginia is at an all-time low, there is still a significant need for skilled workers to fill the open positions within Virginia’s businesses. But getting a foot in the door isn’t always easy. We’ve talked about how important building a network can be to landing a job, but with FastForward, one of…
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From Temporary Work to Helping Others Find Full-Time Work

Published: September 5, 2018
Melissa Marcus knows what it’s like to struggle finding work. After she graduated college, she took some time to have a family and stay at home to raise her daughter. But when it was time to enter the workforce, it was difficult to find a job. “It was a struggle. I looked for a full-time…
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FastForward Celebrates 10,000+ Credentials

Published: August 30, 2018
Ed Breeden makes 10,000. Just last month, Virginia’s Community Colleges recognized Breeden as the recipient of the 10,000th workforce career credential generated through FastForward. Thanks to his training and new industry recognized certification, Breeden is leaving behind the life of laborer in a scrap metal yard for an advanced manufacturing job. “FastForward is doing exactly…
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