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In case anyone's confused as to how the diversity hires work, it's not some conspiracy by the bumderati to get more of their own into high places, it's just that those from underrepresented groups get taken out of the competition once they've reached the bar. They still have to tick all the boxes, it's just that they won't be crowded out so easily. If hiring managers are particularly resentful of it, they'll have ridiculous arguments for dismissing you already lined up. I have actual feedback from an application under a diversity stream, in which I described my experience with a particular bit of tech, saying "anyone can just put that on their CV".
Very often, the trick to succeeding in business is brute force. You can look at the various ventures Branson has been involved with and/or given his name to, and for all the successful ones there'll be a trail of failures behind it. Say what you like about Mike Ashley, his investment in Debenhams just got wiped out.
I know it's a tired old line, but the best way to go is to just dust yourself down and carry on. I've been out of work for a little over six months now. In that time I've made dozens of applications, had around two dozen interviews, and even had a job offer pulled right at the last stage, after background checks and references had come back clear. I start a new job on Tuesday.