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Why Am I in the Energy Business?

Why Am I in the Energy Business?
We're getting close to the holidays and I wanted to take some time to reflect on what this business is for me and what it has done for me and my family.  I've done a few things over the years... bought leases, negotiated rights-of-way, researched title, lease data entry, built division order decks, and a host of other things in between.  It isn't always great... Commodity pricing goes up and down, public sentiment varies widely depending on where you are and who you represent, and the ever-present specter of trying to keep your network intact and staying relevant in a ...

People Who Create Content in the Land Business

People Who Create Content in the Land Business
Earlier last year I published a post detailing websites that I often visit.  That post still gets a lot of traffic, and my original intention was to write an article detailing the people that create content that is relevant to me as a land professional in the oil & gas industry.  I quickly found out that my list wasn’t long enough to make an article out of, so I thought I just needed to look a little harder…. I went through 2 months of twitter feeds, the last month of LinkedIn, and about 6 months of emails to find people who ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Young and the Restless: Old Hands vs New Blood

The Young and the Restless: Old Hands vs New Blood
If you get enough landmen together for enough time, the conversation will eventually turn to criticism of whatever group isn’t represented. Whether it’s all the new landmen who who don’t dress the party, wear headphones and don’t know ‘nuthin — or the old luddite landmen who never do anything but tell stories about better times. Of course I have an opinion on the matter, just like everyone else, and if you haven’t had the ‘good fortune’ to be a part of one of these conversations then you don’t get out enough. We could make a mile long list of transgressions that ...

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 ...

Winter NAPE 2013 – A Great Time!

Winter NAPE 2013 - A Great Time!
I have to tell you, I had a great time at NAPE this year.  I got to meet up with some great folks.  I talked to Austin Brister, the editor and writer over at The Title Examiner blog – I hope that he was able to wander around NAPE on his own instead of hanging out over at the Sadler Law booth all day.  I unfortunately did miss seeing the folks from DrillingInfo I talk to regularly, specifically the editor of the DrillingInfo Wireline Blog, James Hahn II. I’ve also decided that before 2014 I absolutely have to learn at ...

Have You Gone to Work at 2 AM?

Have You Gone to Work at 2 AM?
If you are currently working in Tyler County, West Virginia you might be heading to work at 2 AM.  My friend Angela Perkins recently mentioned on LinkedIn the troubles with space in the records room in the county: A nightmare in Tyler County WV! So far, we have been threatened by those who are “standing in” for others, and then leave 10-15 minutes, exchanging places with those who were home sleeping, or staying in close buildings, sleeping on cots before the court house opens. The bulk of us, drive 1-2 hours to work, only to find that at 2 am, ...

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, ...


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