Job postings discouraging long-term unemployed applicants

If out-of-work job seekers' prospects weren't already bleak enough, a new report from the New York Times may compound their misery.

After reviewing several job vacancy listings on websites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder and Craigslist, a growing number of companies are limiting their potential pool of applicants by posting they're only interested in people who currently have a job or who have just recently lost one, the paper reports.

"I feel like I am being shunned by our entire society," Kelly Wiedemer, who used to work as an information technology operations analyst, told the newspaper. She added that recruiters have informed her she may not be a viable candidate because she's been out of a job for more than six months.

While legal experts say the practice is not unlawful, New Jersey bans employers from not considering job seekers who have been out of work for extended periods of time, the paper states, with Michigan and New York considering similar legislation.

While financial experts are stumped as to what increases an unemployed applicant's chances of landing a job, having a clean credit report may help. Employers may look at a job seeker's credit history to assess their financial standing, which may be adversely impacted by unsubstantiated claims. A credit repair attorney may be able to spot those inaccuracies and improve bad credit.