Hi. I am a CRA with nearly 2.5 years of monitoring experience in India with a leading CRO. I moved to Ottawa, Canada in November 2009 and I have applied for numerous positions in clinical research since then only to be met with no response or interview calls. I have a degree in Dentistry but I chose to pursue an alternate career path and began my career as a CRA in 2007. I noticed that some employers seek candidates with CRA certification or formal CRA training. Although I have neither I would imagine that experience in the industry prevails.
Does anybody have any thoughts on this? What might be the reasons? Is CRA certification more important than experience? Are online job applications really looked at? Is it just the bad job market?