FastForward Blog

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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Common Interview Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Published: August 16, 2018
No interview is perfect because there will always be areas for improvement. Our FastForward Career Coaches say they’ve spotted a number of interview mistakes on a regular basis. Here are three common interview slip-ups, along with our take on how to avoid them in job interviews. Not showing your interest in the employer. Interviewers often…
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Helping Students Navigate the Path to a New Career

Published: August 13, 2018
Constance Peay has been working with students at Rappahannock Community College for almost 10 years. Currently a FastForward Career Coach, Peay helps students connect the dots between their habits and behaviors and how that can apply to finding a career that’s right for them. Peay enjoys helping students identify a career path and then plan…
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Getting Hired with a Criminal Background

Published: August 2, 2018
Having a criminal background isn’t an automatic sentence to working at a dead-end job. We’ve talked before about getting over your past and getting started in a new career – with the first step being to find help for your issues. But once you’re clean, focused and ready to work, how should you go about…
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One of the Most Affordable Options for Career Training

Published: July 27, 2018
One of the things we hear a lot from students who are interested in starting an academic program or a workforce training program is that they can’t afford to pay tuition rates for higher education. That’s where FastForward career training becomes a great option for those students who are looking for a career change. Thanks…
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Employer Values Motivation in FastForward Grads

Published: July 24, 2018
Chuck Rodgers means it when he says that he’d hire someone with an industry recognized credential over someone without a credential. Rodgers is operational superintendent at S.W. Rodgers, a site development contractor in Northern Virginia. Rodgers needs a workforce that’s serious, focused, and safety-conscious because operating heavy machinery is work that can be dangerous. “Work…
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Land the Job by Building Your Network

Published: July 19, 2018
Sometimes, it’s all about who you know. You can have the best resume, the highest grades and all the right skills for the job – but once in a while, what you really need is to know is the person on the other end of the phone to get you one step closer to your…
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Making A Career Out Of Career Coaching

Published: July 16, 2018
With 15 years of career coaching experience, it’s safe to say that Lisha Wolfe knows what she’s talking about. Wolfe is a FastForward Career Coach at Paul D. Camp Community College. She comes to work every day with a purpose: to help people figure out their career goals and find the ways to achieve those…
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