Re: How opening a new account may help or hurt my credit
1. Product change your Cap1 Plat to a QS - you get 1.5% cash back instead of 0% and every penny helps in your case, if you were to use the card. 2. Your credit should be fine for a job - take a breath, you can do this. 3. Getting another card is NOT a bad idea if it's a balance transfer card. Unfortunately, I think you need about 30 more points to get approved for most of them. 4. A lower APR card for current spending will help a lot - I got an Amex BCE in a similar situation as yours with +10pts, APR of 17% to beat out the Cap1 of 26%. It's worth a shot for Amex when your score hits 650's.
5. Do NOT spend on your credit cards right now. Only spend on your debit or cash, and pay the cards with what's left. Otherwise, you're compounding the interest into future cash flows, which increases liquidity risk and hurts your ability to pay off in the future. 6. Out of your two cards, pay the minimum on the lower APR card and pay the most you can on the higher APR card. You gain by paying down principal on a higher cost to you.
Do you have a 401k that allows you to take out a personal loan?
If so, you should leverage it. The interest pays back to yourself and it's going to be about a percent higher than the current prime rate or LIBOR rate which is right now ~6.5%, a significant lower rate than paying the credit card companies.