It’s Starting Already – Vax Status Now Part of Resume

Nov. 30, 2021
A new survey found 35% of hiring managers will automatically reject candidates who don't provide vaccine status on their resumes.

Those of us who are vaccinated have learned to keep our cards with us or at least keep a photo on our phones. But has anyone thought of including that data on a resume? Well, it seems hiring managers have.

In an October survey conducted by ResumeOk of 1,379 hiring managers in the U.S., 35% will automatically reject candidates who do not write their COVID-19 vaccine status on their resumes.

The survey also found other variations with 39% of hiring managers preferring to see the candidate’s vax status on their resume while 26% said that the status wasn’t part of their hiring decision.

And 86% of hiring managers are more likely to call candidates who provide vaccine information. 

This, of course, makes sense given the pending mandate that all companies employing more than 100 people must mandate vaccination. Before the mandate, only 32% of hiring managers had started to prioritize hiring vaccinated candidates.  As of today, 63% of U.S. companies have mandates already on the books.

Different industries have different preferences. In IT and hospitality, 83% of the hiring managers said that they prefer to see the candidate vax status written in the resume, while 79% of healthcare companies prefer disclosure. Other fields that desire to know vaccination status include advertising and marketing ( 77% ), finance ( 71% ), retail ( 68% ) and education (67% ).

Given the difficulty of finding workers these days, and since only 23% of candidates had included their vaccination status by Oct. of 2021, managers are feeling the pinch.

In fact, 73% of hiring managers said dealing with vaccination status is making hiring more difficult. Only 27% of hiring managers said that they have a large pool of candidates to choose from and that the mandate does not affect recruiting.

Recruiters also said they had already seen a drop in applications in certain sectors due to the pandemic, and that the mandate has decreased the number of applications even further.

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Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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