FastForward Blog

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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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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