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What Have You Done This Month to Better Yourself? A Challenge.

What Have You Done This Month to Better Yourself? A Challenge.
Over the last few months I’ve gotten so many phone calls and emails from great people in the land business who are looking for work.  One of the first things I always ask them is “What have you done lately?”  The answer I usually get is some variation of “well I was working for so and so and doing this and that and then the plug got pulled on the project.”  Then I have to re-phrase my question, and ask them what they’ve done for their own professional development lately.  More often than not I get a bit of silence ...

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?
You often hear landmen talking about the AAPL (American Association of Professional Landmen), but it’s not as often that you hear about the IRWA (International Right of Way Association).  In fact, it’s fairly common to meet right of way agents who aren’t familiar with the IRWA.  I think it is a good organization, and that more than a few of you might benefit from including them in your professional networking portfolio. You might think, from the name, that it is comprised of only right of way agents, but you couldn’t be further from the truth.  The IRWA has members from ...

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 ...

Landman Certifications – RL, RPL, CPL

Landman Certifications - RL, RPL, CPL
Let’s first get on the same page.  I’m not talking about attending a certificate program, I’m also not talking about getting certified by some organization other than the AAPL.  I’m talking about certifications that are available from the AAPL by completing all the requirements.  There are three certifications available, RL – Registered Landman, RPL – Registered Professional Landman, and CPL – Certified Professional Landman. Becoming a CPL is just a ‘symptom of success’ for those individuals. These certifications are available by meeting specific requirements; an experience requirement based on how long you have performed land work, a sponsorship requirement verifying ...


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