How Steve Jobs sought job with a simple application


How Steve Jobs sought job with a simple application

Jobs wrote that he studied "english lit", and that he was skilled in using both calculators and computers.

And next to "Special Abilities" and "Interests", he writes "electronics tech or design engineer. digital.", and adds that he is "from Bay Area near Hewitt-Packard.", in a reference to HP.

The application, from 1973, is now up for auction at RR Auction Company, and will likely fetch a hefty sum.

Listing his name as "Steven Jobs", and an address as "reed college", the OR college he attended briefly, Jobs filled out the "Special Abilities" section with: "tech OR design engineer. digital. -from Bay near Hewitt-Packard", instead of Hewlett-Packard.

Only 18 at the time, Jobs filled out the form seeking employment as an "electronics tech or design engineer" three years before co-founding Apple and ultimately going on to launch products including the iPod and iPhone.

It offers a snapshot into a tumultuous period in Jobs' life, shortly after dropping out of university and marking his early ambition to break into the tech industry. In the application, in the column for "Access to transportation?", Jobs has written "possible, but not probable".

Jobs was born in 1955 to a Syrian Arab father and an American mother of Swiss-German descent, who put him up for adoption in San Francisco.

After attending high school in Cupertino, California, Jobs went to study at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after a term. The Daily Telegraph says he didn't secure a technical role until he joined Atari as a technician in 1974. The two went on to create Apple in 1976. If that's too steep, it's not the only Steve Jobs-related item listed as part of The Pop Culture Auction.

The auction runs from 8 to 15 March in Boston, Massachussetts.

The sale is being handled next month by RR Auction, and also includes a newspaper article about Apple signed by Jobs, and signed OG Mac OS X manual.