This is absolutely insane: http://tinyurl.com/msglu8
The New York Times reported that companies are now using credit checks to narrow down a pool of candidates - you're kidding me, right? I understand for finance positions, government jobs and other positions that would require stellar credit, but for data entry clerks and personal trainers? Give me a break!
It is hard enough in today's economy for people to find a job opening, stand out enough to get noticed with a cover letter and resume and now we are going to discount them if they have a low credit score or foreclosure.
Businesses are cloaking the activity by saying " they have an obligation to be diligent and to protect themselves from employees who may be unreliable, unwise or too susceptible to temptation to steal, and that credit checks are a help." Right, it is only people who are behind in their credit card payments, house payments and car loans who are going to steal from you. Everyone else with great credit will play by the rules and not be tempted to abscond with your resources. I am sure Kenneth Lay, Jeff Skilling, Richard Scrushy and Bernard Madoff had outstanding credit scores - guess they would have passed right under the radar screen.
The road to recovery is long and along the way what people need is support and understanding, not brow beating and rigidity. This to me seems like an unfair approach to the candidate selection process.