FastForward Blog

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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The Number One Most Important Soft Skill in The Workplace

Published: July 5, 2018
If you’re on the hunt for a new job, you may notice a handful of “soft skills” alongside specific technical skills listed in a job description. These soft skills, including work ethic, interpersonal skills and accountability, can be just as important to an employer as the technical requirements of the job. We talked to our…
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The Value of A Credentialed Employee

Published: June 21, 2018
There’s a lot at stake when it comes to hiring a new employee. Will they have the skills required to do the job? What’s their workplace attitude like? Will they reliably show up to work? These are the realities businesses across the country are facing when it comes to finding skilled workers. In fact, 69…
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From Farm Hand to FastForward

Published: June 18, 2018
Luke has always been something of a ranch hand. Growing up in Southside Virginia, he’s worked the fields and farms that crisscross this rural landscape and become a bit of an agricultural expert in the process. There hasn’t been much else to do. Job opportunities have historically been relatively scarce in this neck of the…
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Getting Over the Past and Starting Over in A New Career

Published: June 11, 2018
People make mistakes. Opioid abuse, drug addiction and past criminal decisions derail millions of American lives. It’s not easy, but lives can be repaired. Through job training, former felons or addicts may have the opportunity to right the wrongs of bad decisions by starting over in a new career. When starting over, it’s best to…
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FastForward Trainees See Increase In Pay With New Careers

Published: June 4, 2018
You may already know FastForward is one of the quickest, most affordable training programs in Virginia, but did you know that with FastForward training, you may also see an increase in take-home pay? According to early data from Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credentials Grants, workers who completed FastForward training have seen a typical increase in…
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