Looking for a new job?

You’re not the only one.

According to research by LinkedIn, 33 per cent of Australians will be actively looking for a new role this year.

And if you’re a Gen-Y Aussie (aged 23-35 years), that jumps up to a whopping 42 per cent, earning this group the moniker the ‘job-switchers’.

LinkedIn surveyed 1,006 Australian ages 18 to 65 who are in the local workforce.

Confidence in finding a new job has been dampened by the COVID-19 pandemic, with one in three saying the process had weakened their confidence.

More than 70 per cent of women said job hunting was stressful – which was 20 per cent higher than men – and nearly half (45 per cent) of women revealed the pandemic had negatively impacted their mental wellbeing.

“There’s a reason why this economic period has been coined the pink recession,” according to LinkedIn’s Career Specialist, Shiva Kumar.

“Women have been bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has impacted female confidence.

“Our research has revealed that women were more likely to say they don’t have enough experience for the jobs they want and were also much more likely to find job seeking stressful.

“Women are also much more pessimistic about job competition improving, suggesting that they’re finding it difficult to get into the jobs they want.”

In response to the overall negative outlook and pessimism of being able to find a job in the current climate, LinkedIn has announced a free Jobs Bootcamp next week (18 to 22 January) including Janine Allis from Boost Juice; Allison O’Connor, head of talent acquisition at Telstra; Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of Resilience NSW; and Anne Stevens, head of talent acquisition at Woolworths.

They’ll be discussing various topics related to finding a new job, including how to write a great CV, deal with interview stress, and find a mentor.

“The LinkedIn Jobs Bootcamp is designed to ensure Aussie jobseekers are as prepared as possible for the challenging hiring climate,” Kumar said.

“Our hope is that the free learning sessions will help Aussies to be better prepared and feel more confident during their job seeking process.”

The sessions will be hosted by LinkedIn on, you guessed it, LinkedIn. The full schedule is below: