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It’s a tough job market out there, and every job seeker hopes their resume and background fits the employer’s needs.
But these days, your education and experience aren’t enough.
Your credit report may be crucial.
We know if a TV station needs a reporter, they’ll check your work history.
If a lab needs a chemist, they’ll check out your degree.
So, what does your credit card history have to do with that?
Years ago, if a company wanted to run a background check on a potential employee, they did it in house.
Now, there are companies who, for a fee handle that for you, companies like Prime Information Center of Houston.
But a relatively new wrinkle in hiring is to add a credit check to your application.
And that can hurt you.
A new study by the Demos Policy Institute found that one out of four applications include a credit check.
And if you are turned down because of it, the employer is required to tell you, but that is virtually unenforceable.
And what does the credit history have to do with a job at a factory, office or TV station?
Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee has proposed a law forbidding the use of credit checks unless they are germane to the job at hand.
Add to this, that unlike employment, criminal or education background checks, credit records have a track record of mistakes.
And in this job market, no one wants to be turned down based on a mistake.

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