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Helping People Get A Fresh Financial Start to Regain Financial Independence

Navigating job searches after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Indiana can feel like a fresh start financially. But it might also raise concerns if you’re seeking employment. There are some key insights and strategies to help you navigate the job market after bankruptcy.

Understanding employer background checks

Many employers conduct background checks that include a credit report. However, it’s important to know that bankruptcy can only negatively impact your application if it’s directly relevant to the job you’re applying for. The Federal Bankruptcy Act prohibits employers from discriminating against you because you’ve filed for bankruptcy.

Preparing for interviews

If the topic of your financial history and filing for bankruptcy comes up during an interview, be honest. Explain that you’ve taken steps to resolve past financial difficulties and are moving forward.

Emphasize your skills, experience, and the lessons you’ve learned from the experience. Showing that you’ve handled your challenges can reflect well on your character and professionalism. Consider taking courses in financial literacy or related subjects to show that you’ve taken steps to improve your financial management skills

Focus on the right industries

Some industries are more lenient about financial histories than others. Public trust and financial roles are more likely to care about your financial background. But many others, particularly in creative or technical fields, may not consider it as relevant.

While filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy can seem daunting, it doesn’t close the doors to future employment opportunities. With the right preparation and understanding of how to address your bankruptcy with potential employers, you can continue to advance your career.

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