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   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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Mining Jobs In Canada: Get On The Fast Track To Immigration

New Program Open For Applications From 4th May 2013 In response to the skills shortage, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has this week released details of its renewed Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) which will take effect from 4th May 2013. Due to the backlog in the previous program, thousands of applications were returned from…

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FIFO Mining Jobs : Tips To Ward Off Feelings of Isolation

The global mining industry relies heavily on the employment of professionals working in FIFO (fly-in, fly-out jobs) to fulfil its projects, particularly in areas suffering from skills shortages or in remote regions. Mining professionals are often drawn to FIFO jobs by high salaries, the experience of a new culture and the short term nature of the…

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Oil and Gas : What You Need To Know About Jobs In Canada

According to recent industry research Canada is now the third largest producer of natural gas in the world after Russia and the United States and the seventh largest producer of crude oil. This represents a total increase in energy production in Canada of 81% since 1980.  In comparison, its energy consumption has only increased by…

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Cowan Expat Diaries: Announcing March Winner of 100$ gift card

Congratulations goes out to Johann van der Westhuizen- winner of a $100 Amazon gift card! You could be our next winner! Enter Cowan’s Expat Diaries contest today! Send your picture, story or video to now. We’ll feature your submission on Cowan’s Expat Diaries blog and your name will go into the April & May draws to win…

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Global Mining Recruitment : 10 Tips To Ace A Video Job Interview

Mining recruitment has long relied on long-distance interviews.  Where these might have previously be conducted by telephone, they are increasingly being held via video, such as Skype. While video interviews are not a replacement for meeting candidates face-to-face, they are especially useful where global mining companies like Cowan International rely heavily on expat workers, particularly…

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Mining Indaba: Congrats to the Winners of Cowan’s iPad Contest!

Cowan is proud to announce the winners of the Indaba iPad draw upon return from Mining Indaba 2013 in Cape Town South Africa! Congratulations goes out to Daniel Howard of Katanga Mining and Andrew Kirk of BDM – Mining.   From Left to right Daniel Howard accepting the iPAD from Cowan’s COO Yann Lissillour. From Left to right Cowan’s…

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ASEAN Multi-National Corporations Impact On Oil & Gas Jobs

The South East Asian Economic Report for 2013 produced by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) forecast an average growth of 5.5% over the next five years for the ten nations that make up the ASEAN economy (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). While the OECD states that…

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