During a typical day at VariQ Corporation, I worked in a secure environment supporting VariQ's business development team with their proposal development efforts. I also assisted the communication director and quality assurance manager by editing a wide variety of documents to ensure correct grammar, wording, formatting, and accuracy. In all three roles, I used Microsoft Word, SharePoint, and Excel to track document changes and collaborated with multiple writers and editors to merge and finalize revisions. This work involved completing a wide variety of tasks necessary to create proposals and submit bids for contracts solicited by the federal government's RFP's related to cybersecurity and information security.
I learned about the Shipley proposal process, RFP's, compliance matrices, CRM, policies and procedures, SharePoint collaboration in Microsoft Word documents, creating a past performance library, and using Adobe Illustrator 2015 creative cloud to create and edit business graphics.
As a family-owned government contractor, the upper management was very accessible and friendly and did a good job describing goals and accomplishments at weekly meetings. The hardest part of the job was having insufficient time to complete final edits on proposals prior to submission deadlines and being assigned tasks for which I'd had no prior training. The most enjoyable part of my position, however, was editing proposals and other VariQ documents to make them shine with great, well-worded language perfectly designed for its intended purpose.