What I did to get hired this year as a Sys Admin was simply attend the job fair, remember the names of the hiring managers and then stalk them by phone every couple of weeks until I got the impression they would hire me (stalked is perhaps a strong term, but I did nag a little). NOTE: My hiring manager seemed rather impressed by the fact I had actually flown out to the job fair and wasn’t a local, I think that scored me some points.
I’m thinking getting a Sys Admin type job is actually easier than getting a DA-type of position. While I had competition for the position, I’m sure, it looked like so many people were applying for the other positions that it would be harder to stand out (reminds of the cattle call environ my actor friends talk about).
As far the PQ is concerned, the body cavity search depends on age. They just want to make sure there will be no surprises when you get to the ice.
Good luck next year, who knows, perhaps if I like the ice we’ll meet next summer.