My IT job, 1997?
I had been out of work for a while, and was at an unemployment "get into work" workshop, and one of the chaps spotted a local paper article mentioning an internet cafe opening in that town, and he knew I wanted to work in computing (I'd self-trained and then properly trained in C programming). I typed and sent a letter (WordPerfect 5.1, thank you very much), and the owner asked to meet me. So we met, and even though he'd already appointed a member of IT staff he liked the look of me and offered me a job as well. Apparently the fact I wore a beard was a deciding factor as he believed it was the right sort of look for an internet cafe....
Anyway, the owner (an interesting/odd chap... but I digress) arranged for Demon Internet to deal with a lot of the initial setup, including the local mail/web server. This ran Slackware (I believe, but I really don't know the version), and it's there I started to use Linux. I didn't do that much on it, merely hope it worked, and maintained the website and user accounts.
It was this experience / CV info that got me a proper IT job looking after WinNT, Solaris and all sorts of user-stuff, and I've moved further and further into the world of Linux with each new role.
I love Linux, it's great.