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5 steps to crafting an impactful resume for a Clinical Research Associate

Looking to master the art of writing a compelling CRA resume? We’re mapping the five steps you’ll want to take so you’re ready for the next CRA role at IQVIA.

Most often, your resume is the first impression a company receives to convince them you are the right person for the job. Crafting an impactful resume is essential for any job seeker, especially for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs).

Let’s break down the key steps you’ll want to take to create a compelling resume tailored for the next CRA opportunity at IQVIA:

1. Clear Formatting 

Use professional formatting to make your resume visually appealing and easy to read.
Ensure consistent headers, sections and bullet points throughout the 1-2 pages.

2. Name and Contact Information: 

Place your name and contact details prominently at the top of your resume.
Include your email address, phone number, and location.
If available, add your LinkedIn profile or personal website to showcase related work.
Add a summary statement that includes milestone achievements in 2-3 sentences to grab employers’ attention.

3. Relevant Work Experience: 

Focus on 3-5 key points for each of your previous work experiences, including:

- Details on your average workload and the studies you managed (number of studies, trial phases, therapeutic areas).
- Clinical operation or site monitoring processes you’ve worked on (site selection, pre-study visits, routine monitoring, close-out).
- Experiences with Food and Drug Administration, Institutional Review Board (IRB) or sponsor audits.
- Milestones and awards (e.g., first patient in, exceeding recruitment targets).
- How you ensure adherence to clinical data, Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), ICH guidelines, SOPs, protocols, and local regulations.
- Meticulousness in documenting study files, performing Case Report Forms (CRFs), resolving queries, and tracking drugs or clinical trial supplies.

Analyze the job description and incorporate 3-5 specific requirements or keywords into your resume.
Use bullet points with strong action verbs to highlight achievements.
Use numerical data to quantify your contributions.

4. Education & Trainings: 

Start with your highest level of education achieved and degree earned.
List any academic honors or awards.
Include dates of attendance, the institution’s name and location.

5. Related Skills, Courses, or Certifications:

Create a list hard and soft skills, tailored to match the requirements of the position (i.e. strong interpersonal, time management, problem-solving and communication skills).
Include relevant certifications you hold (i.e. clinical trial, site management, monitoring or GCP training courses)

Remember, your resume is your professional introduction, so invest time in crafting it effectively.

Ready to apply? Check out our open CRA roles and/or learn more about other Clinical Research career opportunities

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