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35 Reasons to Join the AAPL

35 Reasons to Join the AAPL
We are finally getting to a point where I don’t hear arguments from landmen (particuarly field landmen) against joining the AAPL on a regular basis.  However, there are still a few naysayers out there, and if you aren’t a member you might not be aware of the the AAPL Company Recognition Program.  It’s pretty important that you are aware of it, because it affects those who are not members.What is the AAPL Company Recognition Program?  The following is taken directly from the latest issue of Landman magazine:The following oil and gas companies and brokerage firms have made the commitment to ...

Resumes Are Not For Job Descriptions

Resumes Are Not For Job Descriptions
I have a fair amount of people who ask me for help with their resumes, and a recent conversation on LinkedIn highlighted a common issue I see:  Many people waste valuable space on their resumes giving descriptions of their job responsibilities.  There are probably many (supposedly legitimate) reasons to include descriptions of the responsibilities you’ve held in your resume.  What are they? The Person Reviewing the Resume Won’t Understand That My Experience Applies: Many people seem to feel like if they don’t explain what it is they did in their very special, unique position at Joe Bob’s Brokerage Firm that ...

Field Landmen: Why You Can’t Get an In-House Job

Field Landmen: Why You Can't Get an In-House Job
It’s a widely known fact that it is difficult to transition from being a field landman to a position as an in-house landman.  However, I think some field landmen misunderstand exactly what an in-house landman does.  In my opinion, the job titles of a field landman and an in-house landman are so similar in wording that people erroneously assume that the jobs are actually similar.  It couldn’t be farther from the truth, the simple fact is that most in-house landmen don’t do work that field landmen do, and vice versa. To illustrate this point I went around the interwebs and ...

My Surefire Way to Get Landman Work

My Surefire Way to Get Landman Work
So I hear your pain lately.  Work is hard to find, and it is becoming hard to set yourself apart from the competition.  I’ve talked to you about the importance of education, certifications, going to networking events, and having an online presence.  My hope is that some of you can put all of this together and develop a referral machine that will keep you working all the time — no matter the state of the economy.  However, I understand that some people need a little more direct instruction. This is a surefire way to get hired when a field landman ...

The AAPL Member Directory – An Indispensable Tool

The AAPL Member Directory - An Indispensable Tool
One of the benefits of joining the AAPL is that you receive a printed member directory, and you also gain access to the electronic member directory available on the AAPL website.  This tool has become very useful over the years, and today I’d like to talk about some of the various ways in which I use it. The almost 500 page reference book starts out by including some great information that is generally useful to AAPL members.  The first 50 pages encompass background information about the AAPL membership types, award programs & recipients, contact information on AAPL executive members and ...

LinkedIn “Netiquette” — Part 2

LinkedIn
About 6 months ago I posted a thread on LinkedIn ranting about peoples (mis)use of the ‘Connections’ feature of LinkedIn.  It has proven to be one of the most virulent, commented on and opinionated threads in the land related groups on LinkedIn.  To date it has 78 comments and 32 ‘likes’.  Today I’m going to re-write that post, because I’ve gotten more perspective over the last few months and I’d like to clarify my thoughts.  However, don’t expect to see me radically changing my views…. You can choose to connect with people on LinkedIn from a variety of places on ...

Social Networking 101

Social Networking 101
Most of you probably think this will be another article lambasting the improper use of LinkedIn and Facebook, or asking you not to be a bad twit(ter).  Fortunately, I think many of you are getting the point and don’t need to be lectured on how to use (and not use) social media.  What I want to talk about today is networking with your colleagues in a social way. Many landmen I know like to tell me about how they are really working on ‘networking’, or I will get an email telling me that they are ‘networking’ to get a new ...

Gloom and Doom: What’s a Landman to do?

Gloom and Doom: What's a Landman to do?
It’s probably safe to say that we have all personally experienced, or had a good friend who has personally experienced some downtime over the last few years.  The United States is swamped in uneconomic dry gas, and even some of the wet gas is not worth drilling.  Historic oil plays have been a place to hide, but by their very nature these plays require a certain amount of skill not all possess.  I’ve seen a ramp-up over the last six months of experienced landmen who are looking for work, and I thought it was time to put some thoughts down ...

10 Reasons My Resume Doesn’t Look Like Yours

10 Reasons My Resume Doesn't Look Like Yours
Well, maybe it’s an over-statement that my resume doesn’t look like anyone else’s resume.  My point is that my resume doesn’t follow the ‘normal’ rules, let’s call it the “new normal”.  It’s not that my resume contains any secrets that get it any more consideration, and I’m not doing anything that you can’t find other people talking about on the internet.  Regardless, I think that the old ways of job searching are changing, and our resumes should as well. 1.  I’m American, and Americans don’t have those little squiggly lines, dashes, and dots on their words.  So I don’t get ...

Your Words Matter, So Double Check Them

Your Words Matter, So Double Check Them
Whether you are interacting online, by mail, or in person the words you choose are important.  Equally important is the way you use them.  Snap judgements will be made about you based on spelling, grammar, and context.  Now, I know that many of you are thinking “oh great here comes the spelling police…”  So I’m going to try to sway your judgement with a few examples I’ve seen lately, I’ll try to anonymize them enough to protect the ignor-innocent. The first example is the picture you see above.  I’ll go ahead and tell you (if you haven’t figured it out) ...


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