E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Job (o short).
A ministerial job. Sheridan says:Whenever any emolument, profit, salary, or honour is conferred on any person not deserving itthat is a job; if from private friendship, personal attachment, or any view except the interest of the public, anyone is appointed to any public office that is a job.