Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 15, 2016
This is a very interesting question and one that is probably not asked often enough. First, it depends on the culture you live in. Some things that are not acceptable in the US, are acceptable in other parts of the world. I cannot speak to all cultures, so I will focus on what not to do in the United States.
First, avoid providing any kind of personal information, such as marital status, number of children, religion, etc. While you may not put these types of things on the resume directly, there are other ways in which the reader can ascertain this information. For example, you could list one of you hobbies as spending time with children. This will make the reader jump to the conclusion that you are married and have kids. Avoid listing this type of information also.
Also avoid pictures on a resume, of yourself or anything else. Lastly, when providing details about your experience, education, etc., avoid listing long winded explanations. This should be listed in bullet point format, which short and to the point statements.
Lastly, do not get caught up in the length of your resume. Some will tell you that a resume must be no longer than one page. This is simply no longer the case. While it shouldn't be extremely long, a resume that is two and even three pages long is perfectly acceptable. Remember, the purpose of a resume is to pique the interest of the reader to the point where they want to find out more about you.