Steve Jobs Handwritten Job Application in 1973 Full of Errors To Be Auctioned From $50,000

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously dropped out of college and went on to build one of the most successful and iconic companies in history. But before his entrepreneurial days, Jobs was a kid in need of some extra cash.

Next month, a job application that Jobs filled out in 1973 will sell to the highest bidder through Boston-based RR Auction. Jobs would have been 17 or 18 when he wrote the application, though the position and company he was applying to are unclear. The auction house estimates the document will sell for at least $50,000, despite it being creased and stained with a bit of tape stuck to it.

The information he provided on the one-page document features grammatical errors, though it shows that Jobs knew tech skills were his strong suit even from a young age, although he specified his major as “english lit” on the application.

Under “special abilities,” Jobs wrote “electronics tech or design engineer. digital. — from Bay near Hewitt-Packard [sic].” He also wrote “yes” next to “Computer” and “Calculator” and wrote “(design, tech)” below those categories.

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He wrote his name as “Steven jobs,” with a lowercase j. He specified “reed college,” the school he dropped out of, instead of a formal address. Next to “Phone,” he wrote “none,” which is hard to imagine in the age of the iPhone. And next to “Access to transportation?” Jobs bodly wrote, “possible, but not probable.”

Jobs worked at Atari before he co-founded Apple in 1976. He died of complications from pancreatic cancer in 2011.

The auction for Jobs’s mysterious application will occur between March 8 and 15.


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