We wish the weather was as hot as the current job market!
Our June newsletter includes links to webinars, info on our training programs, and tips to make your skill sets catch a recruiter’s eye; plus info on the Fall Job Fair, and resources like emergency broadband benefits, energy assistance, and an update on the work search requirement.  

The Forward Careers Team is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by appointment in-person or virtually.

Visit our website to learn about other programs and services not listed below.

Negotiating Your Salary

June 1, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Ann Knutson, HR Director & Senior VP will be on "The Interview" with Pat Miller, The Idea Coach to discuss:

  • How to find out what the job pay range might be;
  • How to negotiate your salary; and
  • How to ask for benefits or other perks.
WIOA: Adult & Dislocated Worker

June 3, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Though professionals in today's job market may have an upper-hand, they’re also coming face-to-face with a skills shortage. Many candidates are struggling to prove that they have the skills required of certain roles.

Join us to learn about available tools, resources, and how we can connect you to well-paying jobs that meet your needs. 
WIOA: Adult & Dislocated Worker

June 17, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Though professionals in today's job market may have an upper-hand, they’re also coming face-to-face with a skills shortage. Many candidates are struggling to prove that they have the skills required of certain roles.

Join us to learn about available tools, resources, and how we can connect you to well-paying jobs that meet your needs. 

July 6, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Lorry Rifkin, CPA/CEO at Clarity Management, LLC is joining "The Interview" with Pat Miller, The Idea Coach.

Networking can keep you stay on top of the latest trends in your industry, keep a pulse on the job market, and meet prospective mentors, partners, and clients. During this session, you'll hear why this is so important while job searching.

Forward Careers provides career, skills training, and supportive services to assist individuals that are unemployed or underemployed from ages 14 and above. Our services include career planning, basic skills training, job search assistance, job search skills, and in-demand employer-linked training. 

Not only will you find out what jobs are in-demand and pay well, our team will work closely with you to understand your goals and help you find or prepare for the job you want. We know the job market and have built relationships with many of the region’s businesses across all industries. 

Whether you’re exploring a career change, looking for a new job, preparing to graduate, are currently unemployed or underemployed, and/or need connections to resources, the following programs may be beneficial to you. Give it a shot and contact us; we are here to help!


Every occupation has certain requirements. For example, carpenters, welders, and engineers must know how to read blueprints. Sales people must know how to close a sale. Customer service professionals must know how to work with difficult customers, and so forth.

Do you know the required skills sets for your occupation? Don't guess, find out. This is what recruiters are looking for. Show that you have the specific skills they are looking for by following these steps:

  1. Name the job you want.
  2. List the requirements of the occupation from the job posting.
  3. Select the first requirements from your list.
  4. Give an example of when you performed that task.
  5. Add some details.
  6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 for each additional requirement on your list.

Her are some examples:

Occupation 1: Cook
Requirement: Make sandwiches.
Give Example: Made custom sandwiches in a mobile deli.
Add Details: Created 15-20 handmade sandwiches, an hour, in a 2 person mobile deli. These included Ruebens, Cubans, Grilled Cheese and BLT.

Occupation 2: Office Receptionist
Requirement: Schedule appointments.
Give Example: Scheduled appointments in a busy dental office.
Add Details: Scheduled appointments in a 3 dentist office, serving 200 patients monthly.

Occupation 3: IT Technician
Requirement: Improve website quality and usability.
Give Example: Rewrote shopping cart code to simplify customer experience.
Add Details: Rewrote shopping cart code that reduced customer abandonment order by 8%.

Occupation 4: Tech Support Supervisor
Requirement: Supervised personnel.
Give Example: Supervised tech support team.
Add Details: Supervised tech support team of 7 people who resolved about 900 cases a month.

Occupation 5: Emergency Medical Trainer
Requirement: Train and coach.
Give Example: Trained and coached military squad.
Add Details: Trained and coached a military squad to provide life-saving emergency medical treatment in combat: gunshot wounds, explosives, bone fracture, burns and more.

Occupation 6: Assistant Bookkeeper
Requirement: Assist with accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Give Example: Assisted bookkeeper with AP and AR for a retail store.
Add Details: Assisted bookkeeper with AP and AR for a retail store with over 500 accounts and annual sales of $2 million.

Notice the difference adding just a few more details can make to your resume? You've got what it takes, but if you need some assistance, we are here to help. We can meet in-person or virtually at our locations or community hubs.

Save the Date: Fall Job Fair
Our Job Fair is set! Save the date on your calendar. Pre-registration for job seekers will be released as the date draws closer.

October 13, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Waukesha County Expo Center

We can help with resume development or feedback. Feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Lawmakers voted to reinstate the work search requirement on Sunday, May 23rd, meaning that Unemployment Insurance recipients are required to look for work to qualify for their benefits.

How to comply with the work search requirement: (1) Perform and (2) Report.

  • If you're seeking UI benefits, you must register on and perform four valid work search actions to secure suitable work for each week you're requesting UI benefits. Suitable work is work that is reasonable considering your training, experience, and how long you've been unemployed.

  • You must report four actions in the week they are completed. You may not "bank" additional actions to be used toward future weeks. For example, if you complete eight work search actions in one week and none the following week, you will only be able to collect benefits in the first week.


Starting on May 12, 2021, providers participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program can begin enrolling eligible households into the program to receive EBB-supported service.

The EBB program offers temporary discounts of up to $50 per month off ($75 on Tribal Land) of eligible households' internet access bills. In some cases, low-income households can also get discounts on a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer. The broadband providers will receive the money directly for providing service to an eligible household. The program ends six months after the public health emergency or when the federal money is depleted. Participation by internet service providers is voluntary. 

Learn more about the program's eligibility and to view a list of participating providers below.


If you are need of energy assistance, Wisconsin has services that can assist eligible households in reducing their energy burden. For details about the energy assistance program available in the Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties, visit the website below.

Forward Careers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Service Provider. If you have a disability and need information in an alternative format, including language assistance or translation, and/or need assistance with this information, please contact us at (262) 695-7800 or call through Wisconsin Relay Service 711. Funding provided by the WOW Workforce Development Board through the Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act/Emergency Recovery Grant/Department of Corrections Windows to Work, Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Labor H-1B TechHire Grant, Department of Children and Families - John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood, Women & Girls Fund of Waukesha County, & United Way of Washington County,