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How can you get a copy of your own job history report?

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You can get a partial job history report by ordering copies of your credit report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Download the Annual Credit Report Request form at the CFPB website, fill out the form and mail it to the address provided. Alternatively, you can order free credit reports by calling 877-322-8228 as of 2015.

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By law, you have a right to receive one free copy of your credit report once a year, which includes a listing of employers you provided when filling out credit applications. Credit reports only provide the name of the employer, and don't provide any details about the type of job or job tasks associated with a specific job title. Credit reporting agencies don't receive any information directly from employers, and rely on data provided by the consumer.

Consumer credit reports provide information to potential employers doing background checks. Therefore, it's important to have a copy of the report to ensure former employers listed on your job application match information found on your credit report. New employers are often added to credit reports after a credit application has been approved. Typically, a list of employers is compiled by credit reporting agencies offering investigative consumer reports. This information is used to screen job applicants, potential renters and individuals applying for insurance policies.

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