It’s impossible to keep up with all the new advice on how to hire the best people and run your business more efficiently. That’s why, each week, Snagajob compiles 5 of the most relevant, helpful and buzz-worthy content specific to small business operators that we’ve read over the last 7 days and puts them together for you in one “Weekly Web Roundup” quick read.

Here are the most important stories you might have missed this week.


Keep this holiday sales booster in your back pocket

A humble tool can help you bring in more customers and sales this holiday season. It’s flexible, giftable and a great thing to drive extra sales. The gift card. See the five reasons why gift cards can be a holiday cash cow for your company.


Hire better people. Stop making these mistakes

Sounds cliche, but you really should “hire for character; train for skill.” Your people are your best assets. Please, stop making hiring mistakes that and instead, drive your company forward.


What you need to know about holiday hiring

Holiday hiring, especially in retail, is off to a strong start this year. Target, UPS and Amazon have already brought in around 100,000 new workers each. Read how the industry leaders are attacking this holiday season.


Get ready. ICE is coming

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ordered the Homeland Security Investigations unit to “quadruple to quintuple” the current number of workplace investigations in the coming year. These audits will focus mostly on Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 and other employment records. Here’s what employers need to do to prepare.


Everyone deserves a second chance

People get fired for awful reasons—like inappropriate behavior, irresponsibility and laziness. But people get fired for petty reasons, too, and they might actually be great workers. Reaching out to these “second-chance hires” is a great strategy for snagging new workers.