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We recently received this question from one of our FlexJobs members. They said: "How do I tell potential employers that I quit, resigned, or was fired from my last job due to refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19?"

In this answer, we'll address this situation for anyone who is not vaccinated by choice. If you are not vaccinated because you cannot be for health reasons, we address that situation in another question in our Career Advice Library.

First, whether you're writing a cover letter, adding a career break section to your resume, or discussing this with an interviewer, you'll want to address several key points:

You left or were fired from your last job NOT due to a performance issue. And you received stellar reviews, got along well with coworkers, were passionate about the work, etc. Then explain, very briefly, that you made a difficult and personal decision that meant you were no longer eligible to work at the company. Finally, reiterate your excellent job performance and your interest in the role you’re speaking about today.

It's important to refrain from discussing the reasoning behind your decision. With such a divisive topic, during the job search process, it's best to keep your focus on your goal. And that goal is to land a new job, not to gain buy-in or acceptance for your particular stance on a hot button issue.

Here are some examples of how to word this in your resume, cover letters, or when speaking with a potential employer:

“Made a deeply personal and difficult decision during a challenging time that meant I was no longer able to work at that particular company.”
“One of multiple people laid off due to a change in company strategy/policy; Consistently received outstanding performance reviews from leadership and peers”

The career coaching team at FlexJobs is available to help you formulate and practice your discussion of this and other tricky subjects, either in a one-on-one career coaching session or a mock job interview! Check it all out here: https://www.flexjobs.com/career-coaching

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