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Drew Hackett in Boise, Idaho

38 months ago

I need some help on the steps and contacts to make as I am trying to move in to a CRA position from a CRC position. I like my current position, however I am ready to move forward in my career. I am currently a CRC with 2+ years coordinating experience. During that same period of time I have held the titles of Regulatory Specialist as well as Site Director. I have covered all therapeutic areas including but not limited to CNS, Infectious disease, Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Cardiovascular. I also have 1+ years of hospital work prior to becoming a CRC.

I am located in Idaho but am more than willing to relocate for a good opportunity. I have talked to lots of recruiters at placement agencies as well as with CROs. I am afraid that my location is scaring people away even though I let them know that I am willing to self relocate. I am trying to stay in the Western US, but would consider other areas as well.

I am curious as to how people have moved in to monitoring from coordinating and what was the best route for them to take? Are there steps I should be taking and do I have a legitimate shot at getting a CRA position given my current credentials?

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Drew Hackett in Boise, Idaho

38 months ago

Drew Hackett in Boise, Idaho said: I need some help on the steps and contacts to make as I am trying to move in to a CRA position from a CRC position. I like my current position, however I am ready to move forward in my career. I am currently a CRC with 2+ years coordinating experience. During that same period of time I have held the titles of Regulatory Specialist as well as Site Director. I have covered all therapeutic areas including but not limited to CNS, Infectious disease, Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Cardiovascular. I also have 1+ years of hospital work prior to becoming a CRC.

I am located in Idaho but am more than willing to relocate for a good opportunity. I have talked to lots of recruiters at placement agencies as well as with CROs. I am afraid that my location is scaring people away even though I let them know that I am willing to self relocate. I am trying to stay in the Western US, but would consider other areas as well.

I am curious as to how people have moved in to monitoring from coordinating and what was the best route for them to take? Are there steps I should be taking and do I have a legitimate shot at getting a CRA position given my current credentials?

I forgot to mention I have a BSc in Biology from the University of Utah.

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Larry f. in Bronx, New York

38 months ago

I think that you have a great chance of getting a CRA position as long as you are willing to move. I can certainly agree that your location is scarring companies away. I would look into Seattle, San Diego , san francisco and Austin areas. Typically your first CRA job will require you are not traveling.

My suggestions include:
- don't use search engines, apply directly on the companys website
- get leads and references from the CRAs that go to your site
- re write your resume to read more like a CRA job seeker, not someone who excelled at the site. Emphasize the things that you have done that a monitor would do.

Right now, the market is really flooded with CRA job seekers, but you CRC and therapeutic experience is very valuable! You already have what it takes, you just need to be in the right place at the right time.

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meera in Irvine, California

38 months ago

Drew,

perhaps you should join the socra which are held once a month in san diego or LA area. These are once a month meeting, and you would have to fly just to participate. However, great way to make contacts and after couple of times you may get position.

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