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🎙New Podcast Episode: What you can expect from taking USU Extension's remote work professional course: An interview with Regional Program Coordinator Mike Sarles (Part III)

In this episode of Remote Work Radio, our host Marta Nielsen interviews Mikes Sarles, a Statewide Program Coordinator for USU Extension's Rural Online Initiative program. Mike is a founding team member of the program and helped get the Master Remote Work Professional (MRWP) course off the ground in 2018. Today, he plays a critical role teaching and coaching Utah business leaders through the Master Remote Work Leader (MRWL) course as they adopt remote work operations in their organizations. He explains the structure of the course, what leaders can expect after enrolling, and provides additional insights into what it takes to be successful in developing remote work plans, policies, and positions.

Professional development training: What do you want to be when you grow up?

When: Wed, Aug 10, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT

What: You will learn...

  • successfully find and succeed in a remote job.
  • To improve your communication skills and use the digital tools you will need to be an effective remote worker.
  • How USU Extension helps you find remote work opportunities.
Who: 17+ years old (must have prior work experience)

Where: Online - Zoom link will be emailed after registering.

Partner of the month: Robert Lovell

Robert Lovell wears many hats for Mid-Utah Radio: Sales Manager, Sports Director, and Talk Show Host. He believes local radio is vital to communities and should provide a service to all residents. Robert loves providing a voice for people and organizations within the area and helping get the word out about different projects, classes, or events that help his community. 

Mid-Utah Radio is a nine-station radio group with seven stations serving central and south central Utah. Mid-Utah Radio is based out of Manti with another office/station in Richfield and one in Heber City. Mid-Utah Radio has been involved in the communities they serve for over 50 years helping businesses grow and non-profit organizations reach thousands of people each day. 

Robert has always been a great supporter of the ROI program. We appreciate his willingness to regularly provide us with airtime and would recommend the Mid-Utah Radio to anyone interested in learning about community resources and events.


Utah has fifth-highest percentage of remote workers among states

The company Teamflow just released a report showing Utah ranks no. 5 in the nation for the number of remote workers! More than 32% of adults in Utah said they live in a house where someone makes their office close to where they make their bed – this means over 737,000 homes are now workspaces!

States with most people working from home: 

  1. Maryland — 37.4% 
  2. Massachusetts — 37% 
  3. Colorado — 32.7% 
  4. New Jersey — 32.7% 
  5. Utah — 32.1% 
  6. Washington — 31.8% 
  7. Virginia — 31.7% 
  8. Minnesota — 31.6% 
  9. California — 30.2% 
  10. Illinois — 28.8%

93% of employers want to see soft skills on your resume—here are 8 of the most in-demand ones

One group of skills career experts say is crucial to include is your soft skills. An overwhelming majority ― 93% of employers ― say “soft skills play a critical role in their decision about whom they want to hire,” Ian Siegel, co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter, said in the company’s recent report The Job Market Outlook for Grads.


Why does the nation have a labor shortage?

Watch this video with Mark Knold, chief economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, for valuable insights into the current labor shortage as well as possible solutions to sustain a strong Utah economy.


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