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Should you include your COVID vaccine status on your resume? Survey says yes.

hould you include your COVID vaccine status on your resume? A majority of employers say yes and a third will automatically reject you without it.

If you’re wondering whether you should include your COVID vaccine status on your resume, the answer is yes.

A new survey has found that more than two thirds of employers are more likely to hire vaccinated candidates and that one third will automatically eliminate resumes that don’t include a COVID-19 vaccine status.

ResumeBuilder.com surveyed 1,250 hiring managers in August about their company’s COVID-19 vaccine policies and whether they, personally, wanted to see vaccine statuses on resumes.

They found that 63% of hiring managers prefer to see a job candidate’s vaccine status on their resume and 33% will automatically eliminate resumes that don’t include it. Another 32% will give priority to candidates who state on their resume that they are vaccinated.

63% of companies implementing vaccine mandates

The survey also found that 63% of companies were implementing vaccine mandates for employees. Among only those companies, the number of managers who prefer to see vaccine status on a resume rose to 77% and those who would automatically eliminate resumes without vaccine status rose to 43%.

Computer and IT companies most want to see vaccine status on a resume

The results were broken down by industry as well. It was found that three quarters of computer & IT firms want to see vaccine status on resumes.

These are the industries in which more than half of hiring managers prefer to vaccination status stated on resumes:

Computer and information technology (78%)
Food and hospitality (69%)
Retail (64%)
Education (60%)
Healthcare (60%)

And hiring managers are more likely to extend job offers to vaccinated people in the following industries:

Advertising and marketing (83%)
Computer and information technology (80%)
Food and hospitality (72%)
Healthcare (71%)
Business and finance (71%)
Education (69%)
Retail (64%)

Overall, 69% of hiring managers said they are more likely to hire someone who is vaccinated against COVID-19. At companies with vaccine requirements, this number rises to 80%.

When it comes to where employees are currently working, 42% said employees are primarily working in person, 41% said employees are working both in person and remotely, and 16% are working remotely only.

Interestingly, hiring managers at companies with a hybrid model are slightly more likely to give preference to hire vaccinated applicants (72%) than those at companies where employees are working in-person (69%). Sixty-one per cent of hiring managers at companies working remotely still prefer to hire someone who is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Qualifications are still (slightly) more important than vax status

A small majority of hiring managers (53%) say they are still more likely to hire better qualified candidates that are unvaccinated over less qualified, vaccinated candidates. But at companies with vaccine mandates 34% are “very likely,” and 24% are “somewhat likely” to hire a less qualified but vaccinated candidate over a more qualified, unvaccinated one.

Canadian employers want vaccines to be mandatory

The finding that 63% of businesses were implementing vaccine mandates mirrors a survey of Canadian employers by KPMG also conducted in August, 2021. That poll found that 62% of Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses were making or planning to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for employees. Key findings of that survey include the following:

  • 62% were implementing or planning to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for employees
  • 84% agreed that vaccines should be mandatory
  • 84% expressed support of vaccine passports to perform certain jobs or enter certain places
  • 85% of male respondents said they support vaccine passports vs. 79% of female respondents; Support for mandatory vaccination was also slightly higher among men (85%) vs. women (81%)
  • 90% felt they were well-prepared to bring employees safely back to the workplace
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