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.