As a candidate eligible for Express Entry, I want to increase my score by trying to have a job offer in Canada. Here are my questions while going about this process.
When can I start using the job bank at the Government website? (https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=6843).
It asks for Express Entry profile number and job seeker validation code. All I have right now is only a personal reference number that proves eligibility for Express Entry (using the online tool). I got this number as rough evaluation of my credentials to see if it was worthwhile pursuing this course before registering for IELTS and getting other paperwork together. I have yet to complete my IELTS and get documents evaluated. Can I only get into the Job bank system once I have the final numbers?
When I try to apply for jobs through external sources such as LinkedIn, most employers ask a question about eligibility which is not clear to me. This is how it is worded.
"Are you eligible to work in this country or countries in which this position is located without employer sponsorship? " Answer choices: Yes/ No
To me this sounds like a “No” because as of now, I do not have authorization to work in Canada, and No is a safer bet. However, eligibility can be different than authorization because I am eligible to work in Canada based on my Express entry candidacy but I am not yet legally authorized to work. What are your thoughts and how do you handle this question?
Does paid/unpaid research assistantship or voluntary work related to the job, count toward work experience?
Any pointers to Canadian-style resumes and cover letters that have helped get an interview call are appreciated!