According to different studies, recruiters spend from 6 seconds (!) to only three minutes by validating a resume. So your destiny can decide only one glimpse. How to attract in such time-limited conditions and encourage a person to actually read your application?
The fundamental concept is: not to reject it. All your efforts put in the resolution of the dilemmas what to put under skills on a resume? what to put under the objective on a resume? might remain senseless if a reader notices, for instance, spelling or grammar mistakes.
But what makes the first impression is a framework and all related features like length, text font, format, and fullness. The most optimal is a one-page structured and easy-to-read application. Sticking to the formal tone in language and section formation is a must-do. A photo isn’t required unless specified. In most cases, it will only steal focus from words and facts an HR will look for.
Excellent self-presentation skills might not be on the list what to put for skills on a resume, but your CV look should reflect that. All faults will be interpreted and unlikely in your favor especially in a combination with your characteristics or job requirements. Typos and detail-oriented, grammar mistakes and an editor’s job, creativity and cliche wordings and so on are coincidences shouldn't happen on your paper.
"Resume - a written exaggeration of only the good things a person has done in the past, as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have." Bo Bennett, writer
Quite an accurate definition of the majority of CVs that moreover cross the line of a lie. Some biography polishing isn’t a crime. But you should always be sure that you’ll be able to fill the shoes you’re describing. Learning a language or overcoming shyness within a week is impossible.
Don’t mix up shooting for the stars and wasting time. If you don’t correspond currently with your dream job requirements better spend time on self-improvement than on inventing a suitable but unreal resume.