33% of Hiring Managers Automatically Eliminate Candidates Who Don't Disclose Their Vaccination Status

33% of Hiring Managers Automatically Eliminate Candidates Who Don't Disclose Their Vaccination Status

This percentage is greater at companies with vaccine mandates for their workforce
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With the state of work changing so drastically amid the coronavirus pandemic, it follows that hiring practices during this time have also changed to reflect new company needs. However, some qualifications — such as COVID-19 vaccination status — have raised some concerns for hiring managers and job seekers alike.

According to the latest set of findings from job search resource ResumeBuilder.com, nearly two-thirds of U.S. hiring managers (63%) say that they prefer seeing a job candidate's vaccination status on their resume.

A third of respondents said they will automatically eliminate candidates that don't report their status, while nearly the same amount (32%) say they’ll give priority to those who note on their resume that they are vaccinated.

Companies with vaccine mandates, high-contact work environments more likely to seek vaccinated candidates

A recent survey from insurance and advisory firm Willis Towers Watson found that 52% of employers may implement vaccine mandates for their workforce by the end of the year, with many considering implementing financial incentives or surcharges to make it happen.

ResumeBuilder.com found that companies have already begun implementing these plans, with 63% of hiring managers saying mandates have been in place as of mid-August 2021.

Compared to the full survey sample, these respondents are more likely to prioritize vaccinated job seekers in their hiring process.

For instance, 77% of this cohort prefer applicants to include their vaccination status on their resumes and 43% will automatically drop candidates who don't mention their vaccination status on their resumes. Another third of these hiring managers will prioritize vaccinated candidates in the hiring process.

Understandably, this sentiment was stronger with hiring managers working in industries where employees are more likely to come into contact with their colleagues or with clients and customers. The survey showed that respondents in the following industries were more likely to want to see a candidate's vaccination status on their resume:

  • Computer and information technology (78%)
  • Advertising and marketing (78%)
  • Food and hospitality (69%)
  • Business and finance (68%)
  • Retail (64%)
  • Education (60%)
  • Healthcare (60%)

Respondents who prefer vaccinated applicants also more likely to hire them too

With so many hiring managers prioritizing vaccinated job seekers in the hiring process, it's little surprise to know that they're also more likely to hire candidates who’ve already received the COVID-19 vaccine as well.

The ResumeBuilder.com survey indicated that 69% of hiring managers — and 80% of those at companies with vaccine mandates — are more likely to hire a vaccinated job seeker. This preference remains even at companies with a remote-first workforce, as 61% of respondents at these companies would still rather choose a vaccinated candidate.

In comparison:

  • 72% of respondents at companies with hybrid work arrangements prefer vaccinated applicants
  • 69% of respondents at companies with in-person work arrangements prefer vaccinated applicants

Qualifications still matter to hiring managers, though: ResumeBuilder.com discovered that 53% of respondents are still more likely to hire unvaccinated candidates over vaccinated ones if they have better qualifications.

And in light of the widespread changes in the ways people work during the pandemic, hiring managers have also begun to look for candidates with skills suited to this state of work, such as video chat proficiency and the ability to adapt to different work styles.

Methodology: ResumeBuilder.com conducted an online survey of 1,250 hiring managers via Pollfish on Aug. 13, 2021. All participants must have been currently employed as a hiring manager, with qualified respondents found by using a screening question.