A good credit score is an essential in so many situations, from renting an apartment to buying a car. Though it often seems unfair that credit plays such a key role in accessing so many basic necessities, it’s hard to find a way around it. Here’s a few ways you can get your credit score to rise in short order.A big part of your credit score is how much of your credit you are currently using. Try to pay down your balance as much as possible each month to avoid any negative reporting, as the smaller the percentage of your credit you are currently using, the more of a positive impact it can have on your credit rating. Aim for 30% of usage or lower, if possible.Many credit card companies offer free credit reporting along with the card, which can help you track any changes in activity it improvements over time. Any record of an unpaid bill or late payment can negatively impact your credit. If you see these items, make sure all information is correct, if something has been incorrectly documented, you’ll need to report any inaccuracies to the credit reporting agency.If you are late on some bills, set up a payment plan as soon as possible and set things right. Soon, you’ll be on the right track toward a respectable credit score.