Up for Grabs: Steve Jobs' Typo-Filled Job Application

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Under the section for "Special Abilities", Jobs wrote: "electronics tech or design engineer. digital.*from Bay near Hewitt-Packard" (meaning Hewlett-Packard).

A resume filled with typos from an applicant who said he had no phone and probably no way to get to work normally wouldn't end up anywhere else but the trash can, but in this case, it might fetch as much as $50,000 at auction.

The one-page document dates back to 1973, three years before the launch of Apple, and shows Jobs' to-the-point yet error-laden responses to a series of employment questions, Boston's RR Auction said in its listing published on Thursday.

Jobs filled out his application starting with his full name, "Steven jobs", and listed "reed college" as his address.

Jobs enrolled at Reed in the fall of 1972, but dropped out after six months.

On the application, Jobs indicated he was skilled at computers and calculators, including "design, tech".

It's not known whether the job application was successful.


In 1976 Jobs and Wozniak formed Apple in the garage of Jobs's home on Crist Drive in Los Altos.

Steve Jobs died of cancer in 2011. Following the launch of the iPhone X past year, Apple briefly crossed the $900 billion mark for the first time.

RR Auction noted that the application is "in very good condition, with intersecting folds, overall creasing, light staining, and some old clear tape to the top edge".

The bidding will open March 8, and close March 15.

In his 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Jobs credited the calligraphy class in particular with influencing Macintosh design elements.

The auction for the document will run between 8-15 March, alongside a number of other Jobs-related items: a Mac OS X technical manual signed by the Apple founder in 2001, valued at $25,000 (£17,900), and a 2008 newspaper clipping about the iPhone, also signed by Jobs, which is being valued at $15,000 (£10,700). The material features albums, photographs, receipts and instruments.

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