Working in the IT field and having skills that are in demand, I have changed jobs quite a lot over the years. My Linkedin profile lists around a dozen positions. Due to mergers, acquisitions or just plain rebranding, a few of these companies have changed their names after I have left that particular position (one employer even went through two name changes while I was there). (Typical scenario: small local shop does good, gets noticed by big international player, gets bought.) My very first employer does not even exist any more.
Linkedin has this functionality that links the particular entry to the company's page with logo etc., but for the renamed company those entries are now broken and look like some unknown small company without even a logo, even if they did international work.
Although I am not currently in the job market, I think it likely that I will be in the future. I previously have had a substantial number of recruiters contact me via Linkedin, leading to a lot of good interviews and even to the position I am in currently. So for now, I would like to keep the profile current and attractive.
I imagine it helps a recruiter or prospective employer to see that I had previous work experience with a large, respected company. In this respect, listing the current name would be advantageous (can't expect everyone to know the history... Some of those companies can't even be found via websearch any more). But this is obviously not historically accurate, and in the case of mergers the current entity may not legally even be the same as the entity I have worked for...
- Do recruiters/prospective employers place much value in the reputation of a candidate's previous employers?
- What is the best (succinct) way to point to the subsequent corporate identity history of previous employers while remaining truthful (the actual legal entity with which the employment contract was entered into at the time)?
EDIT: this question pertains particularly to the Linkedin profile (and the functionalities offered by it), not the general text document-based resume/CV.