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Landman Websites I Check Often

Landman Websites I Check Often
I thought I would do a quick post this week just detailing some of the places on the internet that I frequently visit.  I also felt that it would be a nice thing to give credit to these sources, as they often give me inspiration for the blogs I post here.  So without further ado, here is my list of places that I go: www.landpro.com/landnews.asp Paul Nielsen runs LandNews, and has done so for quite some time.  If you haven’t ever met Paul, he’s a great guy and does the industry a wonderful service by running LandNews.  He posts available ...

Dear Resume: You’re Not Fooling Anybody

Dear Resume: You're Not Fooling Anybody
I wanted to spend some time today talking about an particular irritation that a (un-named) buddy shared with me.  After he mentioned it I realized that I also see it all the time, and those that do it probably think that it is helping them out.  I think they do it because they realize the number of years of experience they have is so important in the business of being a landman. At first I thought that it was a very simple thing, and maybe not worthy of a blog post all its own, but on some reflection I think ...

50 Ways To Leave Your Broker

50 Ways To Leave Your Broker
One of the complaints I commonly hear is that newer landmen aren’t getting the diverse training that is necessary for them to be successful over the long term.  The concept of ‘specializing’ is turning into having a landman with 5 years of experience who has only bought leases or only run title from disk.  Regardless of my personal thoughts on using the number of years of experience, I think that it is the landman’s job to make himself a professional with a good background of work experience.  What I see happening is that landmen get a chance with a broker, ...

Experience: Our Way of Evaluating Landmen is Hurting our Industry

Experience: Our Way of Evaluating Landmen is Hurting our Industry
A demon that has always been lurking in the corner in our business is how we decide how much someone is worth.  Think about the last time you recommended someone to your supervisor.  The first question they asked was probably “How many years of experience does he/she have?”.  Occasionally you’ll get the “send me their resume” or the preferred “are they good?”, you might even get a “Do you want the person on your team?” line from particularly bright supervisors. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that using “years of experience” as an indicator of skill is ...

Why People Should Pay For Things

Why People Should Pay For Things
People should pay for things.  Just in general, nobody appreciates things that they get for free.  Case in point, on my daily rotation is to check landmen.net every morning.  It’s not because I need a job, I just like to see who is hiring.  I think it’s interesting.  It’s also very interesting to see what, and how, people post jobs.  There are some people that I really want to email and just tell them (Pulp Fiction style) “You stop posting today, right now.  And when you stop, you stay stopped, or you be stopped.  You lost all your job posting ...

The Many Names of a Landman in the 21st Century

Now that  trend among the larger brokerage firms is breaking job functions down into small bite size pieces, the true landman who does it all is becoming more rare — and more of a commodity.  I often hear questions (mostly from newer landmen) regarding what a particular job title means.  I thought I’d recap a few that are commonly used.  Be aware that I’m specifically excluding slang terms like ‘lease hound’ and “courthouse monkey”.  Some of these terms will have similar terms used for them, but the point should be apparent: Lease Agent – This is probably the most prevalent ...

Landman Schools – Will They Help You?

I get emails all the time from folks that want to be landmen, and they are mostly asking what they have to do to get a shot.  Inevitably the subject of “Landman Schools’ comes up more than occasionally.  Now you should take my comments with a grain of salt, because I’ve never been to a landman school — BUT I have been around the block a few times and I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.  Want to know what my thoughts are about these companies?  Read On! Landman schools seem to pop up whenever a new play ...

It’s a Tough World For a Lone Landman.

It seems like no matter what time of year it is, or whether the market is good or bad, there are always landmen out there who need jobs.  One feature I’ve noticed is that if a landman is consistently having trouble finding a new contract it is because they have a poor network to draw on.  Developing your network of fellow landmen before you need to use it is the most important thing you can do for your career.  Many people do a few parts of my ‘Networking List’, but one or two things doesn’t give you results.  You need ...


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