Yes, I’m still unemployed. This morning, I found a very good job posting: UNIX admin – Solaris 9/10 and Red Hat Linux. Excellent Pay, Full Benefits. Chicago, IL (I can take the train). I had all the experience and skills they were looking for. Except one: 10 years experience as a UNIX administrator in a high-end brokerage firm. WTF? Somehow my 6+ years of UNIX admin experience in military, government, banking, consulting, accounting, and nonprofits means nothing because it wasn’t in a “high-end brokerage firm?” How is administering UNIX in a brokerage firm different from any other business? The general idea and overall business requirements for any open system are generally the same: maximum uptime for critical systems, as secure as is practical, in line with standards and specs. Not a difficult concept! But apparently, I am incapable of administering a UNIX system at a brokerage firm simply because I’ve never done it before. That’s circular logic in my book.