Most economists see 2012 as a slow growth improvement in the employment arena in the US. However, there are some areas where there are likely to be significant growth. That includes retail, professional services and health care industries. Even manufacturing is likely to see an uptick in demand. There is no doubt you will need experience and technician knowledge for some of these positions. However, you will also need some flexibility to land those positions.
Employers are likely to take on employees who are willing to take on new responsibilities and to quickly adapt to the changing pace of their business. If you are able to adapt quickly and dependably, this will ultimately matter the most.
It can be difficult to find a job in the Nashville market if you are not willing to be flexible. Keep in mind that the needs of each company are likely to be very different. It will be up to you to choose a position that is going to provide you with the best outcome moving forward, but if you want that key position, you will need to show your skills.