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Poor Credit Can Harm Your Chances of Good Employment

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Is that fair?  Probably not, but it’s true.

A 2012 survey by the Society of Human Resources Management indicates that as many as 47% of employers check credit before making hiring decisions. The premise is that individuals with poor credit are probably having financial difficulties and so might be more likely to embezzle funds or sell company secrets for a profit.

That has no bearing on your ability to perform a myriad of jobs to an employer’s satisfaction, but it still might have a bearing on whether you’re chosen for the job.

You can deny them the right.

Before a potential employer can check your credit, you must sign giving your permission. You can refuse, but then what are your chances of being hired? Refusal could be (to them) a clear indication that they’ll see something damaging on that report. They may not be able to turn you down based on the refusal, but it’s easy enough to find some other reason to choose a different candidate.

What can potential employers see?

They can’t see your credit scores, but they can see all of your identifying information such as address, date of birth and previous employment information. They can also see your trade lines and credit accounts and take note of the number and nature of inquiries into your report. Finally, they can see things of public record, such as information on collections, foreclosures, bankruptcies, etc.

They’ll also see any mistakes that appear on your credit report:

Credit bureaus are quick to admit that up to 70% of all credit reports contain some kind of error. It may be something simple, like a misspelling of your name, or it may be something serious. For instance, a missed keystroke could put someone else’s collection on your report just because your social security numbers are one digit apart.

“70% of all credit reports contain some kind of error”

That’s one of the reasons why it’s important for every citizen to access their credit reports with regularity, and to read them carefully. When you spot a mistake and report it quickly, it has less time to do damage.

“Thieves can open new accounts completely without your knowledge”

The second reason is identity theft. No one is immune from the threat, and one of the fastest ways to discover it and stop it is by keeping a close watch on your credit accounts and your credit report. Thieves can open new accounts completely without your knowledge. All they have to do is use a bogus address.

So be careful. Get your credit report and read it carefully. If there’s an error or an account you don’t recognize, report it immediately.

Click here to get your report today.

Free Credit Reports Without Credit Scores are Only Worth What You Paid

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

You’ll see plenty of companies on line, in the newspapers, on the radio, and on TV who are shouting out offers for their Free Credit Reports. And they are telling the truth – they’ll give you a credit report.

The trouble is, it won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on, because it won’t contain the number you need most to see: your credit score.

The folks who think they need to know all about your financial life will definitely look at the history portrayed in your credit report, but they also want your score. They don’t have the time or the expertise to weigh each segment of your financial history, so they count on the 3 major credit bureaus to tell them about your credit worthiness.

After all, when Bill Fair and Earl Isaac created the FICO scoring system, they’d been studying the statistics for years – figuring out what financial traits marked the difference between a good credit risk and a poor one. No system can predict the future with 100% accuracy, but their system predicts it well enough to cause almost everyone to rely on credit scores generated from it.

Who wants to know about your money management history? Seems like almost everyone:
• Mortgage companies
• Banks
• Car loan companies
• Credit Card Companies
• Credit Unions
• Department stores
• Potential employers
• Potential landlords
• Insurance Companies
• Cell phone companies
• Satellite Television providers
• And even your soon-to-be spouse!

Our finances used to be a private matter, and now almost everyone knows your business!

When you get your free “scoreless” credit report you’ll be able to see what has been reported about you, and you’ll be able to check for mistakes and signs of identity theft, but you still won’t know how a potential creditor views you. And you won’t know if you need to begin taking steps to rebuild poor credit.

But there’s a second reason why you need to know your own score. Sad to say, some potential creditors will ask if you know your score – and use that lack of knowledge against you if you don’t.

If you have a good score and don’t know it, those creditors can fool you into thinking your score is poor, giving them a reason to charge you higher interest. They make millions every year from people who simply don’t realize that they qualify for lower rates.

The good news is, when you request your free credit score reports from Credit Score, you’ll get all you need – including the scores you need to know.

5 Sure signs you’re living beyond your means

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

According the US Bureau of Economic analysis, the savings rate of common households have not been this low since the “great depression.” This is a sure sign many Americans are living beyond there means. If a emergency comes up like a loss of job or illness they will be a financial blow to them due to a lack of savings.

If you are worried about your financial situation there is no better time than now to start evaluating your situation. In this article we are going to discuss some telltale signs of living beyond your means.

Sign 1: Your credit score is below 600.
The credit bureaus keep track of your payment history to your creditors. This information is used to generate your credit score also know as fico scores. Credit scores typically range between 300 and 850. The higher your credit score the better terms on loans you get. Typically when your credit score is below 600 you are living beyond your means.

Sign 2: Your credit card balances are increasing
If you are only paying the minimum payment on your credit card balances then you are more than likely living beyond your means. You really should not charge more on a credit card than you can afford to pay off that same month. If you are charging more on a card than you can pay off soon, then you are living beyond your means.

Sign 3: You are saving less than 5% of you earnings
If you are saving less than 5 % you are in danger of having financial problems if someone in you family has a medical emergency. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis the saving rate starting in 2005 until now has not been the low since 1933. This was during the great depression.

Sign 4: Your bills are getting out of control
Buying stuff on credit has become America’s favorite pastime. Once you rack up a bunch of credit card because you bought a new TV, furniture, stereos, etc….., you may find yourself in trouble. All of this debt adds up quick and bankruptcy could be on the horizon.

Sign 5: More than 32% of your income goes to your house payment
Most lenders like to see your payment to income around this percentage. Some like to see it around 28%, but this percentage is real conservative.

Bottom-line is tour country is in trouble with debt. If you see a problem the best thing to do is recognize there is a problem first. The second step is to stop spending and pay off your debt. If you charge on credit pay it off that month. Stay on top of your credit health and don’t live beyond your means.

How a Recession can be good for you.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

With all the talk about a recession and the negative press about credit reports, credit scores, saving money and high gas prices there are actually some good out of all of this. During the Reagan years was the last time we experience an economic down turn. Here are some positive sides to the entire deal.

Eating Dinner with family
With the rise in gas and food fewer families are going out to eat. This is a perfect time for families to do what they should have been doing all along. I personally thing we are all spoiled and spend way too much money on STUFF that is not important. Sometimes for us to come to reality with how fortunate we are, it takes times like these to look back on what is really important. Your family and setting down with them at the dinner table.

Less people in line for gas
Not too long ago the gas stations where storming with people in all sorts of vehicles. Now you can go to the gas stating and not worry about a crowd.

Fewer advertisements in the mail
With creditors tightening up on your requirement to give out credit, you can rest assure you will not see as much credit offers in the mail. Over the years I am sure you mailbox was stuffed with credit card offers and low interest rate mortgages. You can count on that dissipating.

More Discounts
With sales being down just about with every company, you can count on coupons to entice you to buy. I may not be a bad idea to get a paper, and start clipping, you would be surprised how much you can save with coupons.

Save on Gas
Now that we are being forced to watch our pennies, public transportation may not look all that bad. Maybe car pooling with fellow co-worker would be a option.

Good deals on cars
Since gas prices have increased so much, gas is almost 40% higher in 2008; you can expect great deals on cars. SUV’s sales prices dropped dramatically once we hit $3.50 a gallon.

These are some positive sides to a possible recession. The one thing we need to remember is what is really important, and that is family. With the decrease in the flow of extra money this is a perfect time to hang out with family and have bar-b-q.

Remove Judgement Q & A

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Hi Mike I was wondering if it is possible to get a judgement removed that is 6 years old ? I believe this judgement is dragging down my credit score. Even though the courts say I have to pay, I dont agree with this debt.
Laura Tylor

Hi Laura,
Its looks like you are real close to the 7 year rule on judgements. Judements stay on your credit report 7 years from file date. So if you wait one more year, it should be removed from each credit bureaus. If it does not get removed, you can use our free dispute process under our resource tab on our site. is the one of the most unique on-line resources for free credit score report, fico score, free credit check, identity theft protection, secured credit cards, student credit cards , credit cards, mortgage loans, auto loans, insurance, debt consolidation ,and a BlOG with a wealth of personal credit information. The information within this website is written by professionals that know about credit, and what determines ones credit worthiness.

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