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Most employers prefer to hire landmen with several years of experience in negotiating right-of-way deals and acquiring lands and rights to oil, gas, and minerals. Some companies may hire recent college graduates for entry-level positions such as an intern or assistant landman, providing assistance with such tasks as securing project approvals and drafting contracts. Associate landmen work closely with landmen, helping them to assess properties and the available resources on those properties. Landmen must have strong communication and persuasive skills to negotiate with landowners, some of whom may not be interested in selling or leasing their property. Knowledge of surface and mineral rights and environmental and real estate laws is essential. Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are also called upon regularly in this type of work. Landmen rely on solid management and interpersonal skills for overseeing project teams and staff members.

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