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Steve Jobs mistake-filled CV set to sell for five-figure sum after going up for auction

Rob Waugh
Steve Jobs’ error-filled CV expected to fetch £35,000

In today’s technological world, which Apple founder Steve Jobs had a hand in creating, it’s difficult to imagine someone writing, ‘None’ next to an entry for ‘phone’ on a job application.

But that’s exactly what a teenage Steve Jobs wrote in an application for ‘electronics tech or design engineer’ in 1973, long before his Apple iPhone changed the world.

Jobs also wrote that his access to transportation was ‘possible, but not probable’ – and neglected to capitalise his own second name.

The one-page hand-written document is to be auctioned in America next month – and is expected to fetch more than £35,000.



Under a section titled “Special Abilities,” Jobs wrote “tech or design engineer. digital.—from Bay near Hewitt-Packard,” a reference to pioneering California technology company Hewlett-Packard.

The document but does not state what position Jobs was applying for. Jobs and friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple about three years later. Jobs died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56.


The document dates from when Jobs had dropped out of college, and before he secured a job at Atari where he met Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.

To build the Apple prototype, Wozniak sold his HP calculator (then a hi-tech luxury) for $500. Jobs famously sold his VW van for $250.

Apple I paved the way for the PC era – despite having a mere 8k of memory and being able to show only a few characters on screen.

The job application will be sold as part of a collection of Apple memorabilia including a newspaper article signed by Jobs.

The auction opens on March 8 at RR Auction in Boston.