So you need to build a resume and are getting confused which type to select. It is true that there are so many formats prevalent in the job market that one becomes quite confused while settling for any one format.

Skills based resumes are very popular these days. Before opting for one it is important to understand its purpose and essence. General purpose of any resume is to portray your job relevant capabilities and experience, but what if you don’t have any relevant experience to flaunt? Well, that’s where a skills based resume comes in!

What is a Skills Based/Functional Resume?

A skills based resume, as the name confirms, focuses on the candidate’s transferable skills. Unlike the reverse chronological formats, a functional or skills based resume flaunts the candidate’s expertise and potential rather than relevant job history. If you like, you can add an experience section, but it must be limited to the name and duration of the position held, with an optional inclusion of dates.

When do you need a skills based resume?

When to opt for a skill based resume is another question of importance. Experts recommend a functional or skills based resume under any of the following stances:

• Entry Level: If you are entering the job market as a student or recent graduate and have no experience other than perhaps an internship or some volunteer work

• Re Entry in the job Market: If you were inactive for a long period and now intend to re enter the job market, with huge gaps in your chronological work history

• Career Switch: If you have experience, but that is irrelevant to the new career being sought

• Seeking work after leaving the Military: If you have left the military and need to start some other job now

What are transferable skills?

Transferrable skills refer to those skills that were attained in one profession or during training and can come in handy in the profession/position being sought. For example, if a person who worked as a waiter in KFC is seeking a salesman position at an automobile showroom, the person has a transferable customer services orientation and persuasive skills to mention on the skills based resume. The point is, not all your skills should be mentioned in your resume, only the transferable ones or the relevant ones need to be showcased. Skills in preparing sandwiches, for instance, have no place in a skills based resume for a car salesmanship position.

What about all the irrelevant work history?

After writing a detailed skills section, experts suggest to include a brief work history section, wherein responsibilities can be excluded altogether, just a mention of the name and place of the position held with dates is sufficient.