I am currently looking at new job opportunities. It’s not that I am unhappy as such, but there is a good market out there for my skills at the moment so it could be a chance to advance my career.
Anyway, the only reason I mention it is because of a positive experience I have had.
Quite a lot of job opportunities these days are found and applied for on-line. Companies use services such as “Workday” which acts as the interface between the company and the applicant allowing a seamless application and submission of CV file etc.
One such application recently sent me to a “diversity questionnaire” after the actual application part. This is a big national company. The asked for the usual kind of stuff but what struck me where the “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” questions.
What gender do you most readily identify with?
This was the first time I have seen that exact question on such a questionnaire. Most often it’s just a single word.
The available answers to choose from were extensive and I would imagine that most non-binary-identifying people would find something that they were comfortable with, if they were comfortable answering the question (Which is of course another matter entirely).
What is your sexual orientation?
This one really impressed me as it’s the first time that I have ever seen my identity on there.
It’s still one of the less well known and mentioned ones and as such I have never seen it available as an option. I selected it with a smile.
We spend a lot of time bemoaning the lack of understanding of gender and sexuality so if feels good to just take a few minutes to celebrate a bit of progress.
Aaaaand just as a bit of an added bonus – here’s a sizzler……watch it/him!