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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 ...

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 ...

HAPL South Texas Social 2013 – A Great Event

HAPL South Texas Social 2013 - A Great Event
I had the good fortune to attend the HAPL South Texas Social Thursday night (March 21, 2013), and I must admit that I had a great time (along with about 200 others).  I’ve never been to Armadillo Palace, but it was a great venue.  You’ll know you’ve found Armadillo Palace when you see the HUGE armadillo outside the building.  The South Texas Social Committee, headed up by Joe Dichiara, did a great job.  The process of getting a name tag and armband at the door was quick and painless, and they even had door prizes (yours truly won one!).  I ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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