Branson job hunters tool Kits-land that job with these nifty tips

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Branson Jobs Hunters tool Kits. As we talked about in past articles, I’ve been in Branson for a while now and have worked for many companies, some have come and gone, and now I own my own company. I’ve done a lot of hiring in these their hills, and I’m going to share with you several things that will get you hired. In my next blog I will tell you several things that won’t. So here we go!

  1. Learn your market-this is a hotel/Motel,Theater, Retail, attraction town. So learn the in’s and outs of your preferred Market. Branson is a great place to start in any of these industry’s, so learn as you go.
  2. Always look professional-dress your best and let it reflect the industry you are applying for. If it’s the front desk, wear a button down shirt,(tucked in)with slacks, a belt and dress shoes. Walmart actually has very economical shoes to get you by, just to get you in the door. For around $15, good dress socks, no white socks, and a button down shirt. This influences managers, as they see you prepared for the interview.
  3. Resume yourself-even if its one page. Clearly state your background and why you want an entry level position. Be polite in the interview and be prepared to talk about where you’ve worked and what you’ve learned.
  4. Be polite to the Secretary-if there is a front desk person, or secretary be super nice. These people influence the boss, and have the boss’s ear. Say goodbye on the way out, and create that memory, the boss will ask them about you.
  5. Call back-after the interview make sure during you get an e.t.a about when their planning to hire, and call them back, if they don’t answer leave a message, managers are busy. This always impresses and shows that you are interested. These five tips are a great start, and #1 takes a little research if you need help with anything email me

American Idol stars who call Branson home

American idol has been all the rage for many years and with the faithful words of Ryan Seacrest as the end of the final season, they will be back in a revamped version hopefully.

AMERICAN IDOL XIV: Harry Connick Jr. (L) and Keith Urban (R) join contestant Ellen Peterson (center) in song on AMERICAN IDOL XIV airing Wednesday, Jan 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2014 FOX Broadcasting Co.

That being said, over the years we’ve had some contestants from our Locally grown area as well. Springfield, Hollister, and Branson. Here’s a list of the people I know who have lived, worked, and made it to American idol.

1)Jason Yeager-Great Contestant from Season 7 and has worked and lived in the Branson area. Several Idols have worked at the Hard Luck diner at the Grand village and have been very succesful.

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2)Luke Menard-Great Acoustic guitar player as well, and has performed at Several theaters around the area. And can be seen weekly at the Woodland Hills Family Church. And has been playing at Grand Country since 2008.

3)Ellen Peterson-is another Local favorite that made it to American Idol opportunity as well. But I’m not sure what she continues to do in the area. But the picture down below does look like it was taken at the Little Opry theater at the Imax.

American Idol 4

4)Zack Ketterback-was born in Kansas City and went to Missouri state so was basically discovered in Springfield mo

5)Matt Kester-a great Branson local from Hollister mo from the Carrie Underwood season. I remember seeing him at Pasta House before her performance at the Grand Palace. A super nice guy and also performer at Mel’s hard luck diner as well. And a great contributor to Branson, mo.


How to survive the Branson winter

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How to survive a Branson Winter

I saw this picture this morning and I thought, what are some ways I can survive the crazy winters out here. A lot of people aren’t working and are hungry for a great season to come.

1)Read-there are tons of great books, and you can also stop by books a million and grab a magazine or two.

2)Workout-there are a ton of great places to work out and build that body during the rough Branson weather.

A)Roark Fitness-located downtown they have a pool and a jacuzzi and have a great fitness facility.

B)First Baptist Church-$20 bucks a year, and its a great facility. No weekend hours available, but its about a $1.50 per year and is nearly free

C)Cox health fitness-this is over on Branson Hills and serves as a multi plex facility. Outdoor pool walking track ball field and so much more. Their workout gym is the bomb, with some of the most up to date equipment I’ve seen.

3)Hang out at the landing-you need to bundle up as its freezing, but you could hit starbucks first, and then go to landing. Lots of shops always having big sales, and its always a cool place

4)Thrift shopping-we have some great thrift shops around the downtown area and don’t forget the Apple tree mall.

These are 4 great things you can do, to Rock Branson in the winter.



Tips for Job hunting in Branson mo

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Searching for Jobs in Branson mo is an art. That is for sure, but if you have lived here a long time, as I have and watched things come and go, its pretty easy to figure out that the job market is divided into 3 sectors. theaters,Hotels and attractions. Hotels is what I specialize in and I started consulting in 2003 in the Branson Market. Over the next few weeks, I will share ways to find jobs, right here in good ole Branson USA.

Job tips on Attractions-These are mostly seasonal to year round, keeping the management staff to run the event in the winter time. Some good places to apply under this heading would be, Branson Titanic,Ripley’s believe it or not,SDC, the Track,put put golf courses, and many many more. For the outdoor stuff they hire teenagers, and for the more technical stuff, young adults. The pay might range from Minimum -a dollar or two above.

Job tips on Theaters-theaters are great to work at and usually have between 7-9 months worth of work. And go dark when there isn’t a show going on. They need concessions people, parking people, ushers, and concession stand people. usually pay $1.00 above the minimum and is very easy on the joints kind of work. Young People to seniors is what they hire. Its very easy work.

Higher paying jobs-spotlight,lighting coordinator, stage hand, stage manager, Group sales director,General Manager, box office manager

Hotels Jobs-This is going to lengthen this post. Hotels can be a hard yet very rewarding place to start, that can create a career instead of just a pit stop. jobs include Housekeeping,Front Desk, Grounds, Maintenance,sales, and beyond.

Upper Management jobs-General Manager,Sales Manager,Director of sales,Property Manager all pay very well depending on where you go as far as brand. In Branson there are many brands from Choice,to IHG,to Hilton and beyond.

Homeless in Branson 2-Where people live who work in Branson and what they can do


This was such a controversial article I had to do a second. If you weren’t able to catch the first article here is a copy right here.

As I was out driving around this week, I had done a story on panhandling,as I felt like this was coming back. And I was right, as I was driving down green mountain drive yesterday I saw a girl with a sign that said Stranded, broke and need money. She was standing on the side of Green Mountain as the City has passed an ordinance where you can’t stand at an intersection. And she looked to be in desperate need. So this is coming back a bit, occasionally during the summer they congregate around Price Chopper walmart area on 76. So this issue isn’t done yet. But it also sits on top of another issue, about all the Hotels that people live in and work jobs in the area. But I think we need more, a lot of these little jobs, just don’t go anywhere They last 9 or 10 months, and then the jobs end, and the people try and make it for the winter, or move somewhere else. And a lot of Hotels that are extended stay are full for the winter. The bus routes also stop at these hotels on 76, to get their Kids to school. This problem is still very apparent, and there has got to be something that can be done, in the area. From my trip to Springfield last weekend, and homeless people were at every corner I stopped at, and I’m still seeing them in Branson. I think as a community we’ve got to develop some transitionary  Housing to get people out of the hotels. Just my thoughts for the Day, chime in below with your opinion.

The Greatest Magician Branson, mo has ever known? Vote Below

I have seen lots of amazing Magic over the years here in Branson. From Kirby to Melinda Lady of Magic to Darren Romeo (Where there was music in his magic)That actually was his slogan. And he was endorsed by Sigfreid and Roy from Las Vegas. And I have come to several conclusions. That there has been some phenomenal Magic here for the price.

Here’s a list of some of the best Magicians and shows I’ve seen and who I think is the best. Leave your comment below about who you think is the best. Thanks

1)Darren Romeo @ The Welch resort, he did some really cool tricks some of them right in front of my face, he levitated a ball throughout the Audience and he had a great assistant with him as well, this was a 5 star show.

Darren Romeo

2)Kirby Van Burch

His shows have always been great. His last stop was Lodge of the Ozarks. But I was most impressed when he was at his own theater. He did the Helicoptor dissapearance trick, brought the Tigers out and did the Clairovoyance technique with Bambi. He was very good.


3)Taylor Reed-this guy has quite a flair on stage, I even brought my son to see the show and he loved it. Taylor will go above and beyond to promote his shows wherever he is playing, and I’ve seen him go around to restaurants in the morning and do tricks for kids just to promote his show. He’s very good with sleight of hand, and the bigger illusions too, he is not to be missed.

4)Bart Rocket-this guy gets the big illusions and Magic in General. He was performing at the old Christie Lane Theater, and was there for quite a while.  He drew pretty good size crowds and wowed them.

5)Kirby Vanburch & Brett Daniels-the first half was Brett Daniel & the second half was Kirby. Brett’s sleight of hand is amazing. There was a lot of Magic in town at the time so I saw two or three magic shows that year. Brett also levitated above the crowd for his end of show before Kirby came out. And Kirby and Bambi did the mind reading trick.


These were the best I’d seen over the years and #6 is Honorable Mension

6)Melinda and her magical mansion-She performed for many years at the mansion theater. Drew nice crowds and brought magic from Las Vegas and did very well here.

Melinda sax

Panhandeling in Branson-Fact or Fiction


A few years ago it was an apparent problem. People were sitting  at several locations. Mostly where the most traffic would come in to 76. Asking for donations for this or that. They would walk a strait line on the median, or sit on a bucket and hold signs and different things to encourage visitors to donate to their cause.  It was and can be a huge problem during the season. And had become one as of such, that the News even covered it. Their main locations, were in front of Price Chopper,Walmart on Branson Hills,and at the entrance of 76. Last weekend 01/08/17 my wife and I drove to Springfield and they were every where their at the Glenstone exit off of James River expressway, at the tip of the Battlefield mall. And at the other end of Battlefield. And it reminded me of the time that they were everywhere here in B-town. Most of them were living at the first Hotel on the right across from the Beymont Hotel I think it as called the Roland Motel. They would Panhandel all day with maybe a set of crutches and a leg brace, rack up the cash and walk home. Some of them said they could make around $300 a day, which would help pay for their weekly stay, and a meal for the night. Finally the City got the message and had a meeting.

On 2/24/15 The city of Branson passed an ordinance against Panhandling at interesections. So far this seems to be working, as I haven’t seen as many out working the streets.

Homeless in Branson

Homeless in Branson-Where people who work in the area Live,Without a Home!

Which Branson Elvis do you prefer?

Which Branson Elvis do you Prefer?

There have been many cool Elvis’s over the years that helped Branson get on its feet and they’ve all been incredible. Some are still around today and some have moved to bigger, smaller, or different markets. All described an element of Elvis’s historic rise throughout the years. So here we go.

1)Dean Z as Elvis-this guy is phenomenal. Before my wife and I got married we took everybody to Legends the night before. Dean Z was the final act, as the young ready to Rock 50’s Elvis. And he brought the house down.

DEan Z

2)Tony Roy as Elvis-this guy has a Charisma all his own. And has the confidence and Stamina as perhaps the later 1970’s Elvis with a touch of Elvis 50’s classic. He can sing, do all the Elvis moves and is just simply Amazing. Worth checking out next time your in Branson.

Tony Roi

3. Jerry Presley-Elvis’s cousin Jerry Prestley puts on an amazing show. He salutes Elvis very well and brings a certain element only Family Can bring.


4. Elvis and the superstars-This guy drove a very flashy corvette around town with his shows signs on top of his car.  I heard him once live and he was pretty good.

5.Joseph Hall-this guy is an amazing Elvis and has even performed on many TV shows as Elvis. Originally at the Americana theater this guy, could bring the house down. He is a must see, when you come to town. If anyone knows where he is performing now please let me know. Also leave in the comments below which one is your favorite Elvis.

Joseph hall

Branson at its best!

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