Bill Gates' resumé from 1974 shows that he wanted a salary of $15,000

At some point in your professional career, you will have to make a resume to help sell yourself to a company and work for the man. Bill Gates, who was not always the Chairman of Microsoft, had to create a resumé early on in his career, when he was looking for a job as a system analyst or programmer.

The image you see above shows the resumés of Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who of course both founded Microsoft. The resumés are from 1974 and while we can not see the entire page, we can make out that Bill and Paul both included their height, weight and if they were married. For anyone who has dabbled in the world of Human Resources, you would know that including these bits of information on your resumé would go against common practices today.

The basic resumés show how times have changed as they appear to be on plain white paper, use a basic font and were likely typed on a typewriter as well. At the time, Bill Gates was only 18 and Allen, 21,  they were looking for programming jobs (no surprise) and were willing to move anywhere to obtain them.

Finally, if you adjust the $15,000 figure for inflation, it comes out to about $76,000 in 2013.

These two snapshots represents a time before Allen and Gates became household names and it shows a small glimpse of their lives before they made their wealth.

Source: LivingComputer

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Wow, he's put his height and weight on his CV, how odd! Prehaps I should start doing that, might get mega rich eh

I like giving all the details employers aren't allowed to ask for anymore. Though when it comes down to it, one of the bigger controversies these days is age, as much as people don't like to talk about it in the face of gender and race.

Ageism is rampant, especially among tech enthusiasts. Even at the day-to-day level, disdain for seniors is so rampant in the tech community that you can't have a single conversation about legislation without vitriolic finger pointing at "out of touch" politicians with white hair.

I don't see too many 70+ yr olds writing code these days...do you? Also, my mom is nearly 70, and she can't figure out how to operate her Uverse receiver or cell phone....

Dan~ said,
Wow, he's put his height and weight on his CV, how odd! Prehaps I should start doing that, might get mega rich eh

Quite common in those days. You'd open up the "Help Wanted" section in the newspaper, and there'd be ads for men, for women, for unmarried women, etc.

I'm glad we've moved beyond those times.

SirEvan said,
I don't see too many 70+ yr olds writing code these days...do you? Also, my mom is nearly 70, and she can't figure out how to operate her Uverse receiver or cell phone....

So you're saying it's totally legitimate and acceptable to discriminate against people over a certain age.

I just want to make sure we're totally clear that you think Dennis Ritchie, the inventor of the C language, who died at the age of 70, would be worthy of knee-jerk disdain from a younger tech enthusiast who didn't know who he was.

Didn't he go to an ivy league college for a couple of years after high school before dropping out and starting Microsoft?

According to the resume his current salary seems to be $15,000 and his Desired Salary is open.
So the question was what was he currently doing for 15K? Bagging groceries?

Ugh.. Never mind.. I couldn't see the pencil at the top... But now that I see that he contemplated putting his current salary at $12,500 but didn't change it after all.. I guess he decided the best way to get the desired Salary was to say he was currently making that..

Breach said,
Nice house at that address, wonder whether it was where Bill lived in 1974 ;-)

It's where his family lived. Bill was at Harvard at the time.

William Gates (II) was a lawyer, so he could easily afford a house like that. Not quite waterfront property, but close.

It's a lot nicer than the house that Paul lived in.