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11/3/07

Credit Card Applications for Beginners

Credit card applications are fairly straight forward and need no special training or education to fill out. However, there are some things you should know.

First, put your full, legal name of the credit card application. The credit card company uses this name to check your credit report to determine whether or not you are approved. Therefore, if you use a shortened name (for example, if your name is Christopher, do not put Chris on your application) on your credit card application, you are going to cause confusion amongst the credit reporting bureaus and are thus going to set yourself up for a credit report dispute in the future. Avoid all of this by always using your full, legal name.

Second, do not lie about your monthly or yearly salary. You are not going to get a higher credit limit by doing this, and additionally, your credit report is not going to support this contention. The point is, do not lie on your credit application.

Third, sometimes you are a student and you are employed, therefore, which should you put down when the application asks for employment status? In my opinion, you should use whichever job title (student or full-time employed) gets you the most benefits for the card for which you are applying.

Last, use internet applications whenever you can. I do not feel comfortable mailing or giving so much personal information (e.g. phone number, address, full name, social security number, employer, employment status, yearly income, etc.). Therefore, submit your credit applications through secure websites. Additionally, when you apply online, you usually can get an answer on your application within 30 seconds.

Following these tips will help make your credit card application go faster and more successfully.

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