I am submitting an application for a place in the Facebook AI Residency.
It states "Elaboration on these experiences should be included in the candidate personal statement." The application page does not have a field to upload a personal statement. Only a resume and a 1,000 character "essay response".
The essay response subject is "Please describe your objectives, what you are interested in working on during the Residency, and how the AI Residency would help you achieve your goals. Expand on any experiences that will position you for success in this role." I consider this the same topic as a personal statement but I would not usually consider 1,000 characters sufficient to constitute a personal statement. I have seen a video by a previous successful participant showing their personal statement, which was very long (3 pages or so). I would not usually make a personal statement this long but is closer to what I would expect (1 page rather than 1,000 characters). I also do not feel it is possible to properly "elaborate" in 1,000 characters in addition to the other requirements. Should I include a personal statement as the first page of my resume document?
From other questions I have seen adding a personal statement to the front of a resume document is generally not advised, although it is also said that including a personal statement generally is very important.