Finding a Job After Bankruptcy

After a successful bankruptcy filing, debtors get a fresh start on their financial life. No more harassing phone calls, nasty letters and the unrelenting stress of where to find the funds to meet your obligations. If you need to look for a new job after having filed for bankruptcy and fear the effect a bankruptcy filing may have on your chances of getting hired, take heart. The law continues to extend you the protection you need to get your life back in order.

Be Truthful and Candid

Employers cannot legally ask you in an interview whether or not you have filed for bankruptcy. Even if you are applying for a cash-handling position, such as an accounting or payroll job, the law prohibits them from asking you outright about your financial history during a job interview.

However, most employers do run a credit check as a routine part of the hiring process. This is especially the case when the position to be filled has fiscal responsibilities. Before they can inquire about your credit history, they need your permission to do so. An employer can refuse to hire you if you withhold this consent.

If you give your consent, a potential employer will find out about your bankruptcy filing because these are reported in your credit history. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy usually remains in credit reports for seven years, while a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is reported for 10 years.

In this case, handle the situation with as much candor and honesty as possible. Treat the interview as an opportunity to explain the circumstances of your bankruptcy filing, something which a credit report cannot do. If you have taken steps to address the events surrounding your bankruptcy, mention those as well. It is crucial that a potential employer sees you as a mature and responsible individual who learns from past mistakes and can take concrete steps to move forward in a positive direction.

Get Excellent Recommendations

Include as many character and professional recommendations in your job application as possible. While these do not need to focus or even mention your bankruptcy past, it is important that they present you as a completely trustworthy and consummate professional who is an asset to any potential employer.

Filing for bankruptcy is a wake-up call for most people. The experience teaches them to take control and responsibility for the financial, personal and professional aspects of their lives. It makes them more aware and highly appreciative of the opportunities life offers them. All in all, not a bad profile for a future employee – and most employers would likely agree.

Google Finance – Free Investing Tools Anyone Can Use

For years now Google has helped fuel the growth of its brand by offering users a variety of interactive tools. These tools are normally offered at no charge and give considerable value especially to those who used to pay for programs such as Analytics. This article takes a look at Google Finance (GF), yet another web-based application developed and presented for use by the world’s largest online search engine.

Launched in 2006, GF publishes headlines, news and financial information for a large number of corporations. Like similar products produced by other online companies, GF offers stock quotations, currency quotations, bond information, and sector financial data.

There is also a trend section. GF collects and publishes relevant financial news from other Google portals, like Google Blog Search and Google News. The individual reader often has to shift through sometimes irrelevant information to gain the type of financial news they find personally newsworthy but it is easy to set up personalized options.

Portfolio Building – The Real Value in GF

Perhaps the most interesting and important feature for the individual investor is the highly customizable portfolio section. This allows you to build a personal portfolio that can access 40 years of historical information about stocks. It also delivers the latest relevant news and prices for your stocks.

Your personal portfolio can track your transactions and can be downloaded to a spreadsheet or in a format compatible with financial software like Intuit’s Quicken. The portfolio options are rich and robust. Real time ticker updates are available, resulting from Google’s partnering with both NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.

Another useful feature you will find is called the Stock Screener. This tool allows you to search for stocks (currently US stocks only) by identifying specific criteria which you are interested in. This type of search feature generally produced more specific results than simply searching by text. You can use the default settings or customize the search settings to hone in on stocks within your area of interest.