Getting a new job


Going self-employed

When to register as self-employed

In the UK, sole traders and partnerships must register their business with HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) so that they can pay income tax. You must register once your business has started, which is if:

  • you have sold goods
  • you have sold services
  • you have advertised your business

You must register by 6 months after the end of your first tax year i.e. by 5th October in the next tax year. The UK tax year starts on 6th April and ends on 5th April.

Researching a job application

Don’t forget to browse the organisation’s website yourself.

Any information you receive should be read through carefully to identify the skills, competencies, knowledge and experience required for the role. Has the employer indicated which of these are essential (E) and which are desirable (D)?

You can then start to think about the evidence and examples that you can provide against these skills to use in your application to demonstrate that you are a good fit for the role. Break the skills down and think about how they would be applied in the context of the role.

Negotiating salary

1. Do your research

Try to find out about the pay scale of the company, and find out the industry standard salary for the job. If the company usually hires from within, you may have to accept an entry-level salary with a view to working your way up through promotion.

Interview preparation & selection methods

Prospect’s podcast, ‘Preparing for Interview, part 1 of 5’, concentrates on the initial preparation and is also available on this site.


Being invited for an interview means that your application has been well received and the employer is now considering hiring you. Converting this possibility into a reality requires careful and through preparation, which can be broken down into a number of steps.