Archive | May 2012

A little bit of heaven… at work

It might seem an oxymoron to speak of heaven and work in the same sentence. After all, isn’t work supposed to be a slice of hell?

When the phone -or I should say phones as we tend to communicate from several lately- won’t stop ringing, when the thread of emails won’t stop growing, when the agreements to be reviewed and the requests for legal advice to be given won’t stop falling from the sky like manna from heaven, what could possibly resemble heaven?

Well, this day and age, when the Grexit isn’t simply a looming threat but more of a hard-to-face reality with, arguably, more estimated impact on the world than the Exodus of the Israelites, can we afford to be considering going to work a drag? A mundane routine to which we devote to half-heartedly?

When established financial institutions around us collapse faster than the ideals of collective socialism or the popularity of MySpace, is there enough mind-frame to even think of heaven at work?

There are little things that can keep us going. Access to hot coffee, access to cold coffee, internet access… and enough brain activity to stimulate our creativity. Even if it all boils down to finding ways to bind an agreement using solely white ribbon.

In the end of the day, we hold the keys to our own heaven at work. It is often only a matter of putting 2 + 2 together for turning our dullest, hardest chores into an interesting and rewarding past time. Sole pre-requisite? We need to get a kick out of what we’re doing. Even if it bloody means punch-holing the agreement, running the ribbon through each of the two holes in the mid-side of the agreement, then twisting it round, tieing the ribbon into a knot and trimming the edges. It’s hardly heaven but if we have to do it then we can do it with flair.

And then we can move on to other stuff like preparing our next legal advice. Over much-needed coffee.

 

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The Closing -1st promo day…

It’s been a hell of a day. Busy, pressing, exciting.

The first promo day of the Closing and I couldn’t be happier.

And I know, this is just the beginning…

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, do hurry up… Free Kindle offer ends tomorrow morning.

Here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/THE-CLOSING-ebook/dp/B0081SNWYE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337369063&sr=8-2

And I am supposed to be getting ready for press interviews and the like. I mean just because the author wants to avoid them does that mean I need to take centre stage? Oh well…

By the way, don’t’ let the pink on the book cover fool you… The Closing is NOT for the faint-hearted… Just wait till you get to Chapter 20 and you’ll know what I am talking about. The troubles I had to go through for this closing… Not a salary in the world could cover.

Have a sexy weekend everyone,

Bella Nars.

It’s here and it’s fictionally real!

After months and months of preparation “The Closing” made it’s royal debut on May 8th 2012.

Check out this link for more information on what “The Closing” by Stella K is all about:

http://www.armidabooks.com/2012/05/16/falling-in-love-with-our-next-free-kindle/

Bella Nars.

6 ridiculous job interview questions +1

I thought long and hard before posting this because I wouldn’t want to waste anyone’s time with reading silly past experiences. But my friends, Lisa and Jean urged me on thinking that the topic of ridiculous job interview questions is as popular as ever. At a time where unemployment is reaching its peak in most countries, one can never be over-prepared for a job interview.

So here are some of the most outrageous job interview questions I came across in the legal field:

(a) Are you a heavy drinker?

Well, I was applying for a legal position not a bartending position so I was a little bit shocked with this. Excuse me? That was my reaction. Wrong! But at 22 you hardly expect me to have known better, yeah?

(b) If you were born a cookie, what kind of cookie would you want to be and why?

At the time, I was munching on Millie’s cookies any chance I could get so that was an easy answer for me. When I elaborated on the mouthwatering chocolate chips that melt in the mouth, I noticed a couple of my interviewers licking their lips.

(c) There’s been a terrible car crash and you run first to the scene. There are four people down, a crying baby, a mother who’s silent, a father who’s screaming in pain and a five year old boy who’s trying to climb out of the broken window. Who do you attend to first?

I was going to say the crying baby but then I thought for another second and replied the silent mother. There should be something wrong with her if she simply lay there silent.

(d) What do you think of sexual harassment in the workplace?

This was a tricky one. What do you say to that?

(e) Use your hands and gesture to us how you imagine the future.

No comment

(f) Here are three bricks, use them as you think fit.

Another tricky one. What do you think I did with them? What would you do?

Needed to add another question which I found rather interesting, even though it wasn’t posed to me:

x) If a rival law firm offerred you a better position, and a better salary package than your current one, would you take the job?

Boy am I glad I’ve never had to face this dilemma…yet