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Local job consultants say do not put your vaccine status on your resume

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- As more and more employers require the COVID-19 vaccine, local job consultants still said Tuesday you might want to keep your vaccination status off of your resume.

Inter-Connect Employment Services Co-Owner Tim Bonansinga said he does not recommend you publish that information unless it's required.

Bonansinga said the vaccine can be viewed as political so candidates should steer clear of coming across as leaning one way or the other to prevent it from hurting their chances of getting hired.

"There are indeed companies out there that don't believe in the vaccination, and if you put it out and publish it, you're almost guaranteed not to get an interview," Bonansinga said.

He said it's more beneficial if you do your research on the job requirements before applying and then provide that information when it's requested.

"The alternative to providing that information is in a cover letter attached to a resume that doesn't appear, you know, on social media or some area like that, or during the conditional offer scenario where the company has a requirement," Bonansinga said.

Bonansinga said some people have lied about their vaccine status, gotten hired and infected people with COVID-19. He said it's in your best interest to be honest, because lying about it could put you in legal jeopardy.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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