We sat down with business development director Andy Hassall from Morson Projects and asked him about his career, experiences and top CV tips.
Tell us a bit about your career Andy
I have worked for Morson Projects for over 30 years and gained extensive knowledge across multiple engineering disciplines. I started as a designer in 1985, and then I was later a project leader and training consultant before becoming an associate director for business development.
I have a good all-round knowledge of multi-disciplined aerospace, nuclear and general engineering industries, with excellent presentation and negotiation skills developed over the past 30 years in the industry.
I’ve helped develop and implement bid management processes, marketing, website and intranet development, Project Information Management Systems (PIMS), and Customer Relationship Management tools.
I’ve also established a valuable network of multi-industry contacts.
What was your first job?
I’ve always worked for Morson Projects! I started as an apprentice mechanical designer and one of the first projects I worked on was for the gearbox manufacturer EATON’s. We had to draw the installation drawings of all of their product range.
What has been your most valuable work experience?
Having worked at Projects for 32 years and counting, you can imagine that I have lots of invaluable experience. When I started as an apprentice, the first thing I had to do was learn how to print. For what felt like forever, all I did was fill A0 sheets of paper with the phrase THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOGS 1234567890 in 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 5mm and 7mm high letters. This taught me about presentation. A client wouldn’t pay for a project if it wasn’t presented well. When I started everything was hand drawn on a drawing board and needed to be draughted in a neat and consistent manner. This has stayed with me and I always strive to present any bid or presentations using the same ethos. Modern CAD tools definitely help with this.
What is your top CV tip?
These days, I think your digital profile is becoming more important than a CV. Always be mindful of what you are posting on social media and keep professional tools such as LinkedIn updated. Even though I have only ever worked for one company, I have always kept an updated CV – it helps me capture all of my experiences over the last 32 years! Review yours on a 6 monthly basis – and don’t forget to add any training courses you might have attended.