The shiny glimmer of big name brands beckons all of us when we go to the mall. In similar fashion, big names also compel hiring managers to talk to prospective employees, either because of the difficulty to work in those companies or because of potential achievements.

This was a discussion on Albert’s List recently, with Aung asking:

How important is having a big name company (ie: Google, Facebook) on your resume, if the role you are doing is mostly admin/clerical/entry-level work and is contract (to hire… no guarantee obviously)?

Do I take the contract role for the reputation (for my resume)? Or, do continue the job hunt for a FTE?

Members had a variety of answers.

One recounted her experience at the world’s largest search engine, but also mentioned the added pressure:

But you still have to back your work up with solid stats. Be a top performer in the contract role. Network with people internally if you do want to be hired full-time. Figure out how company politics work. All the “classmates” in my hiring class who got offers either were top performers or else insanely good at playing the office game.

One reflected on how their first job has offered a lifetime of credibility:

I did marketing for a few months after graduation on a contract basis for TripAdvisor as well as took just one class at Harvard. I think both have enough brand equity to last a lifetime for me. Some people’s are interested before I even explain what I did no matter how rote it seemed at the time.

Others stressed the importance of now as opposed to “potentially”:

If you don’t have any hot leads on your plate then I recommend taking the contract role. It’s better than sitting at home waiting for the perfect opportunity to come by which can take months. Also, who know what you’ll get out of the contract role; it’s a good opportunity to network with those at the big name org and maybe you’ll get hired permanently.

Not all recruiters though, are impressed:

Also, in terms of clerical and admin work, big names only impress me by the fact you got through the interview process, which is not an easy feat.

The Albert’s List Take

There were many more opinions offered on this post, but the point was made: Having the big name on your resume does count because it helps you stand out in a crowded field of applicants. Obviously, you must also continue to communicate and execute upon your value once you get into the job.

Above all, if you do have an opportunity, take it. Sometimes a job no matter the company can make all the difference.

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