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Should you disclose Vaccination status on your resume, LinkedIn, and interview?

Could vaccination be part of the job search strategy and hiring process?

Just like employers are conducting a credit check, driver's abstract, drug tests, asking for the police report during the background check, vaccination might be on the list going forward. It is better to be prepared than to get rejected during the pre-screening selection process without being informed. Vaccination disclosure/proof could depend on industries and the role on a case-by-case basis. I recommend career professionals ask questions during the initial screening process and be informed if the job posting doesn't outline the vaccination policy. Jobseeker can't assume that vaccination is not warranted in non-vulnerable sectors. With our clients, we found out that few of them have mandatory requirements, especially in the healthcare sector. Even though they are not dealing with the patients, they are in IT within hospitals they are required to be vaccinated.

Even though roles are remote, you might have to attend a few meetings in person/ meet clients once in a while. Employers are asking for vaccination proof. So don't assume that work from home has a leverage of no vaccination policy.

Job search is all about getting your resume and LinkedIn in front of employers to get the interview. You have an option to not voluntarily disclose the vaccination status earlier in the hiring stage. If you want to make things easy for both parties, you could play the game based on the demand and release the vaccination status earlier. There could be potential for discrimination for choosing only vaccinated people if the job description doesn’t outline the mandate. Employers have to think twice before weeding out unvaccinated job seekers. Employers need to provide accommodation. At the end of the day as a job seeker, you do you as everyone's situation and belief is different. Do you feel it right to disclose personal information?

The job market is getting competitive and thinking outside of the box to make it easy for employers is the key if you want that dream role. While it is a personal choice to disclose and only release the information when the time comes, it doesn’t hurt to place it on LinkedIn, Resume, and the cover letter strategically in my opinion, only if you are okay with it. A few recommendations are below:

  • On the Resume, you have an option to add either on the top below your name/ at the bottom. Just like you would add “willing to relocate” add “Vaccine passport available upon request” "willing to work from the office, fully vaccinated" "Flexible to travel, fully vaccinated".

  • On LinkedIn about section, you could give a hint "fully vaccinated” "vaccinated willing to travel and work for office". I wouldn't suggest updating the headline. That is the prime real estate and needs the right keywords, such as the title you are targeting. Post pictures of your travel, write content about travel, vaccinations etc ( be strategic without offending anyone).

  • Add the line strategically on the cover letter if you are planning to get vaccinated or get the second dose, perhaps provide the date as well when you will be fully vaccinated.

  • Do you need accommodation that falls under the Ontario Human Rights Code exemptions or Religious exemptions? add that in the cover letter/ application/ send an email out to HR. Most companies have accommodation steps. Follow that policy.

  • Bring the accommodation request during the initial phone interview.