With coronavirus vaccination requirements being mandatory for many workers in the United States, those applying for jobs might wonder when and how they should share this information.
According to Andrew Challenger, senior vice president of global outplacement and business at Chicago-based executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., putting a vaccination status on a resume or in a LinkedIn profile could help those who are looking for a job.
âImmunization status will definitely be a factor for hiring managers. If they already know you are vaccinated, they can tick that question and won’t have to worry about getting this candidate tested every week, âChallenger said in a statement. âIt will speed up the hiring process if the human resources department already knows which bucket the candidate is going into. “
Additionally, he added, an employer can often use other information to determine a candidate’s status.
âThe hiring authorities massively check social media when selecting candidates,â he said. âIf a job seeker posted something that expresses their opinion about vaccines, the company will find it. It’s more professional to be upfront about your status on your resume or on your LinkedIn profile than, say, sharing a meme. “
President Joe Biden earlier this month unveiled a new “action plan” to deal with the wave of COVID-19 caused by the spread of the delta variant, which will require the vaccination of millions of workers across the country. country.
The extended rules require all employers with more than 100 workers to require them to be vaccinated or tested for the virus every week, affecting an estimated 80 million Americans. And the roughly 17 million workers in healthcare facilities who receive federal Medicare or Medicaid will also need to be fully immunized.
Biden is also demanding vaccination for executive employees and contractors who do business with the federal government – without the ability to test. This covers several million additional workers.
The obligation for large companies to require vaccinations or weekly tests for employees will be enacted by an upcoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that provides for penalties of $ 14,000 per violation, an official said. ‘administration.
The rule will require large companies to grant paid time off for vaccination.
Biden’s order for executive and contract workers includes exceptions for workers seeking religious or medical exemptions from vaccination, according to press secretary Jen Psaki. Federal workers who fail to comply will be referred to their agency’s human resources departments for advice and disciplinary action, including potential termination.
Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, said in late July that it was demanding that all workers at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, as well as its managers who travel to the United States, be vaccinated against COVID-19 before October 4. But the company had shut down before demanding shots were fired on its frontline workers.
CVS Health said in late August that it would require some employees who interact with patients to be fully immunized by the end of October. This includes nurses, care managers and pharmacists.
Within government, several federal agencies have already announced vaccine requirements for much of their staff, especially those in health care positions like the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Pentagon decided last month to require all military personnel to be vaccinated.
âIt is likely that, in most cases, vaccinated candidates will have an advantage over their unvaccinated counterparts. In other cases, it depends on the ideology of the recruiter and the overall culture of the company. Certainly, in states with low vaccination rates and legislation prohibiting vaccination mandates, an unvaccinated status may be a better brand image for a job seeker, âsaid Challenger.