FTC Reminds Job Seekers: Get Your Free Credit Report Before You Apply for a Job

Tips for Consumers

Before you apply for a job, you should know what's in your credit report, because employers may look at your credit history if they're considering hiring you. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, reminds job seekers that they can get a free copy of their credit report at annualcreditreport.com or 1-877-322-8228, so that they can fix any mistakes they find, or explain information that might not look good to an employer.

To learn more your rights as a job applicant, read the FTC's What to Know When You Look for a Job.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC's online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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