Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cowan in Latin America : A Focus on Chile

Cowan recently opened its first Latin American office in Santiago, Chile. Chile is the fifth largest economy in South America and the biggest producer of copper in the world.  With a positive business environment and a stable economy, Chile contributes significantly to the global mining industry. Copper mining in Chile represents 20% of its GDP and 60%…

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Global Mining: World’s Top 10 Largest Gold Mines

Gold mining represents a significant part of the global mining industry.  It is mined in approximately 90 different countries around the world and it is estimated that around 250,000 mining professionals are directly employed in the sector. Despite reports of a recent slump in gold prices it remains one of the world’s most valuable and sought…

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Global Resource Recruitment : How to Avoid The Cost Of A Bad Hire

The Real Cost Of A Bad Hire According to the Harvard Business Review, 80% of employee turnover can be specifically attributed to poor hiring decisions. In an attempt to put an actual figure on it, the US Labor Department suggests that replacing one employee can cost around a third of first year salary. The Society…

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Annoucing the Winner of Cowan’s Survey Contest

Congratulations to Alan Bainbridge, winner of the Cowan survey contest! Alan, Project Manager for BHP Bilton,  is the lucky winner of a $100 gift certificate for Amazon.com.   Thank you to all who participated in the survey! The response rate was incredible. We will publish the results on the Cowan blog in the coming weeks….

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Expat Professionals : Have You Done Your Homework?

The global resource projects employ a large number of professionals. Before accepting an expat position, professionals need to consider a range of issues, such as: Visas and work permits Vaccinations Health insurance Accommodation Safety issues Taxation Climate Culture Our recruiters have provided examples which demonstrate the wide range of issues expat professionals might consider: Guinea…

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