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Semantically Related Keyword Suggestions for Advertisers

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As part of our ongoing commitment to improving our website and it’s Google Search rankings (known as SEO), we’ve started working with software that can identify opportunities to improve our on-page SEO by suggesting the use of ‘semantically related keywords’. When used effectively, these ‘semantically related keywords’ can help to boost your Google search result for a particular keyword we’re targeting.
In our research, we’ve found that we rank extremely well for searches based on more general CouncilJobs keywords such as ‘Local Government job opportunities’, which means that our strongest opportunities for improvement are through more specific job searches such as ‘Civil Engineering Jobs’. As a result, we’ve decided to offer our assistance in suggesting semantically related keywords for your job posts To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve taken a sample of ten job titles advertised on CouncilJobs and generated related keywords to be used when writing a description. You can then…

What You Can Do to Improve Your Application

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It’s never easy to know exactly how to present yourself in an application for a Local Government role. Sure, there are experience and skill requirements, but what about the other things? What extra-curricular experiences will boost your application? What does it take to stand out among a field of qualified applicants?
Having spoken to a number of Council employees recently, we figured it’s time for us to revisit the age old question; what can I do to improve my chances in an application?
1. Make a good first impression
First things first, always keep in mind that you’re usually not the only applicant for a job vacancy. On average, we frequently see over 20 applicants for every job and quite often Councils will advertise jobs elsewhere too.
For you, that means it is critical that you get the application right. As a job seeker, you’ve probably submitted a few applications recently and you may be getting sick of doing the same thing over and over again. Yet it really is absolutely crucial t…

Jobs in Focus - Financial Analysis

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Financial Analysis

An Interview with Jody Wang of Cumberland Council
It’s easy to underestimate the sheer size and complexity of many council projects and initiatives that are undertaken. The public generally only see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to major projects. Yet if you look a little deeper, you’ll find layers upon layers of financial planning, compliance and strategic analysis that too often goes unseen. One of the unsung heroes of major projects at Cumberland Council is Jody Wang, who thrives in the complexity of planning and budgeting. It’s safe to say that without the crucial beneath-the-surface work that Jody does, the council wouldn’t have enjoyed the kind of planning success it has seen in recent years.
The Path So Far
Before entering the world of Local Government, Jody worked across a number of different roles and industries in the private sector. Having completed her undergraduate business degree in 2008, Jody took a job as a financial and data analyst at George Wes…

Jobs in Focus - Environmental Management

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Jobs in Focus - Environmental Management Officer at Cumberland Council
Working for a Council is a unique experience. With a strong focus on community interests and a wide variety of divisions and job types, a Local Government organization is unlike anything you’ll find in the private sector.
So, we decided it’s time to discover more about what it’s like to work for a Council, straight from the source. Recently, we sat down with Tim Nguyen, an Environmental Management Officer from Cumberland Council, to understand a little bit more about the projects they’re working on and to get a few pieces of advice for job applicants.
With a population of over 200,000, Cumberland Council is one of our bigger advertising partners. Having recently been formed in 2016 as a result of three Council amalgamations, Tim and his team are determined to bring environmental awareness and sustainability to the forefront of the organizations culture. With the threat of climate change, rapid urban development and …

Jobs in Focus - Sustainability?

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In our Jobs in Focus series, CouncilJobs dives deep into new and emerging council jobs to showcase roles that are both interesting and in high demand. Here we look at the possibilities of a career in Sustainability.
Driving Sustainability at Lake Macquarie Council
To many, sustainability has become the talk of the town in recent years. Yet while many seem to be doing more speaking than doing, Dr. Alice Howe has been leading the charge in sustainability at Lake Macquarie City Council for many years. As the Manager of Planning and Sustainability, Dr Howe oversees everything from biodiversity initiatives, to community engagement and climate change adaptation (and everything in between).
So, we caught up with Dr. Howe, to uncover their secrets to success and find out what exactly it would be like to work in picturesque Lake Macquarie. This story is another piece in our series ‘Jobs in Focus’, where we explore exciting new roles in Local Government to give our subscribers an insight into a ca…