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While job searching I thought it'd be nice to get a leg up on the hiring process for this particular company by contributing to the their open source projects.

Signing a CLA makes sense, however I just wanted to make sure this doesn't bar me from employment with them to some degree.

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    Why do you think it would? – Philipp Nov 4 '17 at 18:14
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Of course not. A CLA says (paraphrased) "code I write belongs to you". Employment contracts say (either explicitly or implicitly) "code I write belongs to you". No problem there.

(What might be a problem is having a CLA with Company A and then going to work for Company B in the same field. But there would be ways to sort it out).

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    Not to get too nitpicky, but a CLA says "you may use code I write"; copyright assignment says "code I write belongs to you". As Fedora and other organisations have found out, failure to make the distinction can cost a project quite a lot of goodwill, so it seems best to me not to propagate the confusion. That doesn't detract from your answer, though; +1 from me. – MadHatter Nov 4 '17 at 14:54

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