Steve Jobs’ 1973 Job Application Up For Auction, Likely To Fetch More Than $50,000

Let’s talk about innovation, breakthrough, and excellence. Now the name that strikes in your mind after hearing these words is ‘Steve Jobs’. His journey of establishing the world’s most prestigious ‘Apple’.

After all his endeavors and expertise in the technology, what all he has to say at the end will melt your heart. He strived for brilliance, he gave people what never thought of being possible, he earned millions of dollars, raised his company from floors to skies. Steve is considered as the trademark of excellence even after these many years.

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Steve Jobs is a college dropout due to his economic status and discontinued his studies as it put a financial strain on his parents. And now, a job application that Steve Jobs filled out before he co-founded Apple is up for the auction. According to the estimates, it is said that the application is expected to fetch more than $50,000.

It is 1973 application, which will be sold at Boston, Massachusetts-based auction house. RR Auction provides an early glimpse of Jobs’ ambition to work in the emerging tech industry. The application is handwritten littered with grammatical errors.

In it, Jobs answered a question on what his special abilities are with, “electronics tech or design engineer, digital- from Bay near Hewlett-Packard [sic].” In response to a section about his skills, Jobs wrote “yes” next to “Computer” and “Calculator,” adding in brackets below, “(design, tech).”

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He wrote his name as “Steven Jobs”. Writing his address and college major, Jobs wrote, “reed college” and “English lit” respectively. And the youngster who would go on to invent the iPhone was also unable to provide a contact number – because he did not have a phone. Answering the question, “Access to transportation?” Jobs wrote, “possible, but not probable.”

The application is part of a pop culture auction hosted by RR Auction and will go on sale between March 8 and 15, the auction house said. Also up for auction is a newspaper excerpt signed by Mr. Jobs covering the announcement of the first iPhone redesign – the iPhone 3G – in 2008, which is estimated at more than $15,000. An Apple Mac manual from 2001 – also signed by Mr. Jobs – is expected to attract offers in excess of $25,000.


Jobs worked as a technician for games publisher Atari prior to co-founding Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976. In 1980, Jobs took the company public, in a listing on the Nasdaq that raised about $100 million – one of the biggest floats at the time. Now, the company is worth more than $875 billion.

Steve jobs also invested $5 million in animation film studio Pixar after he was fired from Apple in 1985 and became a billionaire for the 1st time when Pixar went public in 1995. He once said, getting fired from Apple which he co-founded was the best thing that could have ever happened to him.

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However, the entrepreneur served as the CEO of Apple from 1997 until 2011. Later, he handed over the reins to incumbent CEO Tim Cook and was named chairman in 2011. He died later that year, aged 56, of respiratory arrest resulting from the spread of a pancreatic tumor to other organs.

During his tenure at Apple, the tech giant created some of its most well-known products, including the Macintosh Computer, the iPod, iTunes and the iPhone. This remarkable employment questionnaire reveals Jobs’ early aspiration to work in the fledgling tech industry, which he would soon revolutionize forever, isn’t it?

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