Survey finds consumers feel more confident about employment market

The Conference Board's latest Consumer Confidence Index points to an upward momentum in Americans' feelings toward the economy. The index rose to 65.4 in April, up from 63.8 in March.

While the rise was modest, it helped curb a sharp fall from February to March, says Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center.

According to the company's monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, individuals think the country's labor market became more favorable in April. Nearly 42 percent of respondents said jobs were hard to get during April, which is a decrease from 44.4 percent in March. Consumers who said jobs were plentiful rose to 5.2 percent from the 4.6 percent recorded a month earlier.

With job seekers feeling more confident about employment opportunities, many may be looking for ways to shore up their resume and become a more attractive candidate. Credit repair may be one useful way to achieve the latter.

Many reports indicate employers use credit checks during the hiring process to narrow the applicant pool. Individuals who are often left behind are those with poor credit scores. In some instances these job seekers may have a low three-digit number because of unfair or inaccurate credit reporting.

Before applying for a job, consumers may benefit from checking their credit report and looking for errors. Individuals who spot a questionable item or an unfair mark may want to contact a credit repair attorney, who may be able to work with the credit bureaus to remove the blemish. Taking this approach may give job seekers the boost they need to land a new position.