If you know where to look, there are numerous opportunities in today’s job market, whether you are a new graduate, seasoned professional or retiree looking to go back to work. Here are some tips to help you have an edge in your job applications.

Know what you want. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many job seekers go into their interviews without a clear vision of what they are looking for in a prospective position. Do your homework beforehand and think about what you’re good at. It’s important to come to your interviews genuinely prepared to answer questions such as “Why are you interested in this industry?” and “What makes you right for this position?”

Do some volunteer work. Pick a cause that interests you and take on a new volunteer gig. It’s a great way to build up your resume, and there are very few organizations that will turn you down. You never know who you might meet and what doors could open.

Speak up. Let people know you’re on the hunt for a new job. Some of the best positions often aren’t promoted online, so it’s a good idea to ask friends, family and coworkers from past jobs if they can connect you to someone who is hiring.

Look for growing industries. Don’t limit your options — look into industries that are actually hiring. Did you know that the food and beverage processing sector in Ontario is the largest manufacturing employer in the province? The industry has set a goal to create 60,000 new jobs by 2020. Check out some of the skills you can put to use in the industry at www.tasteyourfuture.ca.