A multimedia portfolio is a showcase of your talents or past work that uses more than one medium to communicate. A traditional resume uses only the medium of text to communicate your work history, while a traditional portfolio uses images with only minimal text. A multimedia portfolio can combine text, audio, video and still images to give a more comprehensive presentation of your past work.
Who Uses Multimedia Portfolios
People in creative professions have used multimedia portfolios to showcase visual artworks, films and music for decades. However, with multimedia software readily available for home computers, other professionals also can take advantage of multimedia portfolios. For example, a real estate professional can put together a video of still photos showing recent home sales and satisfied customers, mixed with text that highlights his strengths and focus as a real estate agent. Underscoring this portfolio with music can help clients who view the portfolio become immersed in the mood the agent wants them to experience.
A multimedia portfolio gives prospective employers or clients a more comprehensive view of your experience than a text or image-only portfolio might. Audio-visual information is often easier for the client or employer to comprehend due to the benefit of visual cues and body language, which can help others get a better idea of who you are, if you place footage of yourself in the video or images. Creating such a portfolio yourself also proves that you have computing skills that may be valuable to potential employers.
What to Include
Multimedia portfolios should be brief, and only items that communicate an idea clearly and immediately should be included. For example, if you are a teacher creating a multimedia portfolio of your work, you can include video clips of classroom projects, as well as stills of their finished work and text with your resume highlights. When choosing the video clips, settle on one idea to communicate per clip, such as your problem-solving skills or how you engage students in their work, and then cut that video down to the minimum amount of footage required to get the idea across. Create a version of the portfolio that is less than two minutes long as a quick highlight. Also create a longer version if you feel more is necessary to document your work.
Preparing for a Multimedia Portfolio
The key to creating your own multimedia portfolio is to document your work as you are doing it. Whether you use photos, videos or your own art, keep visual and written records of what you do. When you are ready to put your portfolio together, find software that allows you to do this easily on your computer. Windows Movie Maker is free for Windows PC users, or you can use a program like PowerPoint or other software to create your portfolio.
If other people appear in your multimedia portfolio, you may need to have release forms to show that portfolio to others. This is especially true if you work with children and plan to showcase your portfolio online. Keep a stack of photo or video release forms with you when you document your work. Have people sign them to state that they consent to letting you use their images for portfolio purposes. You can create your own release forms or use standard forms; they are available online or at some office supply stores.