Steve Jobs' Job Application May Unlock Inspiration for iPhone Creation


An error-strewn CV written by Apple co-founder Steven Jobs in 1973 is up for auction - and it's expected to fetch up to $50,000 (£36,000). But he stuck around the campus for a year and a half to audit creative courses, including classes on Shakespeare, dance, and calligraphy, according to a news release. One of those documents, filled out and signed by an 18-year old Jobs and dated "1973" by another hand, is coming up for auction.

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

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. Written for an unnamed position, the future Apple founder details his name as "Steven jobs", and address as "reed college"; an OR college he briefly attended.

In a speech at Stanford University in 2005, Jobs recalled: "If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts". He jotted down "english lit" for his major and in the space for a phone number, he wrote "none".

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He writes "yes" in response to the question "Driver's License?", but when asked whether he has "Access to transportation?" he writes "possible, but not probable".

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

The document doesn't reveal what position Jobs was applying for, The Daily Telegraph says, but it does provide a "snapshot into a tumultuous period" in the tech pioneer's life. And the rest is history.

On its website, RR Auction said the application remains in "very good condition, with intersecting folds, overall creasing, light staining, and some old clear tape to the top edge". It is accompanied by letters of authenticity from PSA/DNA and Beckett Authentication Services. In October 2011, Jobs lost the battle to cancer. If that's too steep, it's not the only Steve Jobs-related item listed as part of The Pop Culture Auction.