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:
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 jobs, events, funeral announcements, and anything else that might relate to landmen. Most of it is related to the Houston market, but more and more he is getting postings that are applicable to other places. I very much enjoy the information I get from Mr. Nielsen’s blogs.
LandNews is now managed by the AAPL. You can still post for free and get a daily digest of postings email to you, even if you aren't an AAPL member.
Chris Swindell runs Landman Careers, and at first glance you might think it’s a rehash of job postings you have seen elsewhere. If you look closer you’ll see it’s a combination of ads that were originally on other sites, ads that were placed on his site originally, and ads on major job boards. So this is a great ‘one stop shop’ just to see what’s out there. It might not be a ‘full’ listing (who could really have a ‘full’ listing anyway), but it is a good representation of the market.
Facebook Group: Landmen and Right of Way Agents
Kay Salter started a group on Facebook for people in the land business, and while there aren’t a lot of jobs posted there — it’s a great place for networking, learning, and meeting people. There are about 250 members and they are very friendly and helpful.
There are at least a dozen landman groups on LinkedIn, so I’m not able to actively monitor them all. Most of them are setup to send me a weekly overview of the new posts and I’ll review those and comment if I’m motivated. Here are a few groups that I pay special attention to because of their size, content, or the fact that they unfailingly post links to my blogs:
AAPL Official LinkedIn Group – This is a group that the AAPL runs and gets regular contributions from members and AAPL staff.
Formation of Landmen and Right of Way Agents – This is a relatively new group, it was formed in January 2013. Fred Cheek is the owner / moderator. As it is a new group it is a little light on membership (~70 members), but as a result it doesn’t have very much spam content in it.
Landmen of America – This is a group that was started by Arthur Yannayon in May 2012. It has about 1500 members and has a pretty active membership. There are multiple postings per week discussing jobs, industry news, and educational questions.
Title Research Group – Diana Anthony started this group, which boasts a membership of over 2600 individuals. Nick Loesch helps manage the content in this group as a moderator/manager. This group seems to have more postings than the others, but that is likely because of the size of the group. While Nick and Diane do a good job of keeping out the spam, there are always quite a bit of “I need a job” posts on this group.
Landman Technology – This group tends to have more information on tech trends and tools useful for landmen. You’ll also find information about land software companies and related vendors. It has about 2800 members, so it is a decently sized group.
Most people check landmen.net because they are looking for jobs. I don’t really check it for jobs, but I do check it to read the job postings. I find that it’s a great way to keep up with what areas are active and busy, and also what brokers are active.
The site did recently go to a paid model - it now costs $10/year to have access to the job postings. However, it is still free for brokers to post jobs to the site - this means there are always a good supply of job postings. That $10/year helps to defray the cost of maintaining the website and I think it is worth supporting this great resource.
Oil and Gas Law Digest is a great resource that is edited by a friend of mine, Austin Brister. He is a transactional attorney who speaks often at industry events. I find his take on complex oil and gas issues to be down to earth and easy to understand. Definitely put this on your list.