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What doesn’t kill you: makes you stronger

Ce qui ne nous tue pas nous rend plus fort, as the French say. Well, move over Jean-Claude van Damme, I’ve had quite a week.

A new role has been in the offing at work for the past couple of years: Head of Diversity and Inclusion. The job is partly about tackling the lack of diverse representation at senior levels and its effect on things such as the gender pay gap.

It’s also partly about then communicating that work to the business.

So, in short, it’s a combination of my day job and what I jokingly refer to as my gay job. I manage the company’s communications but, alongside that, I also lead on a range of diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives.

I believe I have helped transform the company into the one it is today.

As a result of my work, diversity and inclusion drew the strongest set of approval ratings in the latest staff survey. The company has also ranked in the top 100 UK employers for LGBT staff for the past 4 years, and in 2016 it was named Diverse Company of the Year.

And I won the company’s Diversity Champion of the Year award.

So, any talk of this new Head of Diversity and Inclusion role has usually come with comments like ‘That’s made for you’ or ‘That’s got your name all over it’.

I had come to believe it too.

I waited for the job advert with keen anticipation – and when it came, I wasted little time before applying. I didn’t want to miss out.

Which made the news that I hadn’t even been shortlisted for interview feel like a kick in the teeth.

Apparently, 28 other people applied for the role and all of them already had the words ‘diversity and inclusion’ in their job titles. So, thanks for all your hard work, Graham, but no thanks.

“It has given me the push I needed. I’ve now updated my CV and created a load of job alerts here in France”

I will admit I spent a few days sticking pins in dolls and generally feeling rather sorry for myself. However, that’s not very productive and, ahem, I gather it’s not much fun to be around.

Plus, let’s face it, being upset about a job I didn’t get in London when I’m trying to build a new life for myself in France doesn’t make much sense.

The only positive I can find in this whole debacle is that it has given me the push I needed. I’ve now updated my CV and created a load of job alerts here in Lille.

Wish me luck!

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19 thoughts on “What doesn’t kill you: makes you stronger

  1. I completely understand this.
    And the doll sticking. As our American friends might as, it sucks, but take it as a sign to start that French job hunting.

    I have had a couple of issues with the day job that could certainly have been more readily resolved if I’d been in UK but sadly my very specific skill set is not transferrable to France!

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  2. Life’s flags come in and start waving to us, rarely as we expect! Bon chance mon ami. X

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  3. When a company does not have the sense to know what they have, they are not a company worth wasting time with. Maybe you should start your own business now. No time like the present.

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  4. Sounds as if a NEW life in Lille has been custom made for you! I like the quote, “Don’t stumble over something behind you.” We’ll await your NEW job news!

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  5. Jane Jenner on said:

    Graham – that’s so very unfair and very short-sighted of them. But your attitude is the right one and I too feel that this is a sign! Good luck in your new job search – I’m sure you’ll land something exciting and challenging! x

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  6. What doesn’t kill you…

    For sure! Fell and cracked my head last week on vacation in Hawaii. Staples out and concussion improving and I have a new level of inspiration to lose weight and gain strength to help prevent future falls. Sometimes it takes a knock, literally or figuratively, to head us in a better direction!


  7. Best of luck. Publish in LinkedIn and Viadeo and groups related to your profession. Cheers

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  8. It’s precisely for that reason that we’re here living ‘the dream’ in France (and loving it). Sometimes a door has to shut in order to free you up for new opportunities but it certainly hurts at the time. Good luck with the search!

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  9. When these messages from the universe are heard and taken on board we’re much more likely to be attuned to the current flow, and this nudge will most likely be the very thing to move you on and forward into the new life & location you’ve chosen and obviously enjoy. Bonne chance!

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  10. A ‘no’ always creates a ‘yes’ for something else, so hold on to your hat (might need those hatpins, though…).

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