It’s Worth The Schlep

Mondays are always busy  work days. Email volumes build up over the weekend and while I do check it and deal with anything of utmost importance, generally I leave most of it for Monday. Today I had 30 emails in my inbox. If each one takes 10 minutes to deal with it will take me 5 hours to work my way through them. I’m pleased to say that it only took me two! The biggest thing I need when dealing with work is peace and quiet! This morning, I was up before sunrise to start wading through my inbox. It’s worth the schlep, although I have to say the earliness of the morning can not be regarded as hard core! When working on radio, I was up at 3-35am! Gasp! How did I do that?! This morning, I woke up with no alarm just before 6am. I had my quiet time and was at my desk working at 6-34am. Before sunrise indeed because now that it’s late autumn in Cape Town, the sun rose this morning at 7-27am. 🙂

Now, it’s 9-30am, I’ve done nearly two and a half hours of my paid work, have done a load of washing and put it on the line. I’ve made the bed and am now half way through my blog.

Definitely it’s worth the schlep to get up early!

I’ve learned many things since I started working in recruitment. One thing I’m seeing over and over again is how people don’t read instructions! And sometimes they are really important ones.

Once a teacher has been successful in getting a teaching position in the UAE, they need to get their highest degree and SACE certificate attested. This costs R1500 per document and is a legal process where the degree goes to the Department of Education to authenticate that the university is a registered legitimate higher education institution.  A letter gets issued there. Then the degree goes to the high court which attests its authenticity. Then it has to go to the UAE embassy to get the UAE stamp. The SACE certificate goes straight to the SA high court and needs a notarial letter before going to the UAE embassy.

The applicants are told to contact a legal firm in Pretoria who will take care of the process for them.

But no, they don’t think that is truly necessary. Instead they take their certificates to their lawyer buddy who issues a letter saying they are copies of the original. The lawyer buddy scribbles a note on the copy and stamps it. Thinking the documents are now ‘attested’ they get returned to us. Roll eyes back! Inevitably this is all done at the last minute, jeopardizing the applicants high paid UAE position!

That will never be accepted.

Read the instructions!

It has made me look differently at forms that need filling in. I will read the instructions!

#286 of my 1000 thanks is for an early rising that has led to a happy amount of productivity!

This morning I had a good reminder:

Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

These are the days!

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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