Published in El Pais, 30 October 2021.
Job hunting can always be stressful. From resume building, to completing an application to the interview. Only a few would call it a fun process. The first stage can be the worst as you spend weeks making the perfect resume to grab the attention of the hiring manager. Many argue about what should be left on and off the piece of paper that summarizes you, but some are saying this new thing should be added, namely your vaccination status.
Depending on your point of view, the world is both going back to normal, or restrictions are tighter than ever with many places being open only to those that are vaccinated. As well businesses are terminating the contracts of employees who refuse to get vaccinated and making it a requirement for new hires. Even countries such as the US are only open for those that got the shot.
So, should you put your vaccination status on your CV? There is no real answer, and it may depend on your situation. Should it be in a situation where the requirement is on the job post then go for it, but one may want to be careful with others. The topic of vaccination mandates is sensitive for many and there have been instances of those getting the vaccine being ridiculed so believe it or not your status may cost you an interview. You may be fine with that but depending on your financial situation you may not have the luxury of being picky.
One thing is clear, it is fascinating to see the many subtle ways our lives are changing long term