CFOs expect to hire more in fourth quarter

While the rate of job growth has been stagnant throughout much of 2011, some of the nation's leading chief financial officers are optimistic that hiring will increase in the fourth quarter.

Approximately 12 percent of executives expect to add jobs to their payrolls between October and December, while 7 percent say they'll likely be reducing their staff, according to the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index.

The 12 percent of CFOs who plan to hire is the highest rate for the index in the past three years and is four points higher than the third quarter.

Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, said many businesses are growing and need to hire more if they want to function at their best.

"Though companies are still generally conservative in their hiring outlooks, many are expanding … and need professionals with the right skills to help them accommodate new growth opportunities," said Messmer. "Businesses also are adding staff in response to voluntary turnover as more employees are attracted by offers from other companies."

Because businesses occasionally check credit reports, job seekers may want to check their financial records to make sure nothing is in need of repair and that everything accurately reflects their payment history.