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Cambly is actively hiring, so now is a great time to apply. Cambly is a reputable online teaching platform that hires native English-speaking tutors to help learners practice English conversation. Check our Cambly review for more information.
Cambly has quite a straightforward application process that takes roughly 15 minutes to complete. However, not everyone passes the application process, so you need to follow these steps carefully to ensure your application stands out from the rest.
This article will break down the Cambly application process and introduction video. It also contains many Cambly profile examples and tips to help you complete your application with ease.
Click the link to get started, and we will walk through the application process together.
Teacher Cambly Application Example
Here is an example of what the Cambly application looks like. Some of these fields were not available when I was hired; for example, there was no “teaching style” or “work experience” form. In fact, I only just filled them in.
As many new applicants apply to Cambly each day, I advise you to fill out the application form in its entirety, give lots of detailed information and shoot a friendly video, so you are pretty much guaranteed the job!
In case you didn’t know already, Cambly has specific requirements for their tutors.
Before you apply to Cambly, make sure you meet the following requirements:
- Fluent English speaker, mainly from U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
- Must be at least eighteen years old
- Laptop with stable internet connection
- A headset, suitable lighting and a quiet environment
- No degree or teaching qualification required
- No prior teaching experience required
There is no minimum time commitment. That means you can do this as a work-from-home, part-time position. If you haven’t already, check out our full list of Cambly tutor requirements for teaching online.
Cambly Application Process
Sign up for Cambly on the Cambly Tutor Page. Cambly will send you an email to verify your details.
You will be taken to the application page to fill in your basic information, complete your video introduction and do an internet speed test.
The application should take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. Fill it in its entirety. When you have finished your application you can submit it to Cambly to review.
When Cambly approves your application, you can start teaching!
Complete Your Cambly Tutor Profile
You will be asked to submit details on:
- Basic information
- Profile photo
- Video introduction
- Written introduction and about you section
- Teaching style
- Languages you speak
- Work experience and education
- Teaching certificate
- Why do you want to teach on Cambly
Let’s go through each of these aspects on your Cambly tutor profile and how to complete them.
You can also watch this YouTube video where I reveal my own tutor profile and video!
The first step you will need to complete is your basic information. This includes:
- Display Name
- Where you are from
- Date of birth
The basic information part of the Cambly application includes your display name, date of birth and where you are from.
For privacy reasons, you may not want to give your full name here. I just give my first name and the initial of my middle name.
You will also need to add a profile photo to your application on Cambly. Here are some tips to follow when taking your Cambly teacher photo:
- Friendly-looking headshot
- Full face and top of your shoulders are visible
- Clear and high-quality
- Smile 🙂
Your profile headshot should be professional and high-quality, with your face and the top of your shoulders visible.
It is proven by Cambly that tutors who smile in their profile pictures receive more students than their non-smiling counterparts.
Seems like common sense, right? So don’t be afraid to show your best smile!
You are now at the most important step of your application, and that is your video introduction.
I believe the video part of the introduction may either make or break your application. In fact, it was the reason why my application was not accepted the first time around. See: Cambly Rejection– Reasons Why and What to Do.
I encourage you to spend more time on the video introduction, even if you need to retake the video a few times to get it right. It will be worth it in the end!
Here are the requirements for the short video introduction. When creating the video for your Cambly tutor profile, be sure that your video meets the following expectations:
- 1-3 minute introduction
- Friendly and welcoming
- Dress smart
- Tidy background
- Good lighting
- No distractions
- What students should expect from a lesson with you
- Teaching style, expertise and personality (interests)
- Smile and look at the camera
- Brand yourself
Your video introduction is a critical part of your application as it gives the students and Cambly a sense of who you are, your passions and your expertise.
Cambly encourages tutors to be seated in a quiet space with adequate lighting and a tidy background. The video should be 1-3 minutes long.
Cambly wants to see that you are friendly and conversational. Make sure you present yourself in this way to have the best chance of succeeding in the application process.
You should highlight your teaching style, expertise and personality in your video.
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I believe this section is no longer included in your profile but you can sprinkle them in other parts of your profile, such as your intro.
Examples of teaching specialties include:
- Friendly conversation
- Business English
- Public speaking
- Test Prep (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.)
- Grammar instruction
- Accent coaching
- Correcting speech
- Discussing current events
- Vocational lessons
- Culture (i.e. manners and customs)
- Teaching idioms and slang
Your demonstrable specialties are the areas you feel comfortable teaching because you have previously specialized in them or you know them best.
You don’t need to have any tutoring experience to include some of these specializations. Maybe you have worked in an office for five years, so “business English” would be a good choice. Maybe you like to watch the news, so “discussing current events” would be another option to add to your profile.
Your introduction will be one of the first things visible to students as they scan the profiles on the first page.
Possible points to include in your introduction:
- Who you are
- What you do
- Who you teach
- Your teaching style
Your introduction will only be about two or three sentences (140 characters) before it is cut off, and students have to click on your profile to view the rest. Therefore, you can make your intro very brief.
For example, you could say “An ESL teacher with five years of experience. I can teach you English grammar, conversation, and vocabulary.”
Or you could target the audience you want to teach directly: “I love teaching beginners the English language. I am a patient, fun-loving teacher.”
Here are some potential examples you could give when telling students about your teaching style on Cambly:
- Good listener
- Personalized learning
- Give thorough feedback
- Teach at their current level– not too fast or too slow
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of students
- Develop teacher-student relationship
- Ask many questions
- Game-based learning
- Informal assessment
- Incorporate students’ preferences and interests
- Use different forms of media, such as video, news articles, images, activity worksheets, Kahoot, Memrise, etc.
- Correct pronunciation, grammar, mistakes, etc.
Teaching Style Examples
Here are some ideas that you could add to your own teaching style paragraph. Please do not copy the words directly but modify them for your own profile.
“My teaching style is student-focused. I ask the student many questions and engage them with a multimedia approach to learning. By exposing the students to English through conversation, reading and writing, they are able to become more proficient in the language. I believe that all students have the ability to learn, and it is my job to help them reach their full potential. I correct errors and provide feedback in a way that is respectful and constructive. Ultimately, my goal is to create an environment where the students feel comfortable and safe using English and are able to successfully communicate their thoughts and ideas.”
“When it comes to teaching, I firmly believe that the students should always come first. I adjust my teaching style to fit the needs of each individual student, and I am always patient and friendly when answering questions. I also make a point of correcting any errors that my students make, in order to help them learn from their mistakes. Finally, I regularly give feedback on my students’ progress, so that they can see how they are doing and where they need to improve. By following this approach, I have found that my students are always engaged and motivated in class.”
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The ‘about you’ field is a short description of you and who you are. This expands on your intro. In this section, you can include:
- I enjoy…
- I have a passion for…
You could mention your skills, personality, and what you enjoy and have a passion for.
For example, you could say: “I have a passion for traveling and meeting people from different cultures. I enjoy learning new languages, visiting historical sites, and hiking in my free time.“
- Choose your language and dialect
- Add additional languages
In the language section of the application process, you choose your dialect, for example, British English or Australian English.
You can also list other languages you speak and your fluency in those languages.
Here’s an interesting thing to note about the ‘languages’ section:
If the client sees on their tutor’s profile that they speak another language, they might request that the tutor help them with this language too.
Of course, you don’t actually have to do this or anything you don’t want to, but Cambly won’t boot you off the platform because you are teaching a different language, other than English.
While Cambly was set up to teach the English language and there are currently no other languages available to learn, it is acceptable to teach your client a different language if they request it from you!
The ultimate goal is to help the client with their language abilities and keep the conversation going!
Work Experience and Education
While there are no formal qualifications required to teach at Cambly, listing your education and work experience could help you win more students.
When filling out your work experience and education, you will need to include:
In this area, Cambly is looking for the title of your job, in what industry (education, finance, customer service, beauty, etc.) and more details about your job.
Take the time to fill in your experience so students can get to know you better. You may also wish to include voluntary or internship experience.
If you do not know how to teach and want to learn how to do that, consider taking an online TEFL course. TEFL stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’
Cambly does not require you to have any teaching certificate, however, if you are TEFL qualified, it is clearly visible on your profile so when students log in they can see which teachers have it immediately.
It might be a better idea to get TEFL qualified as it may be the difference between students choosing you and not choosing you over another tutor.
If you are thinking about teaching online or abroad as a more long-term option for you, I highly recommend The TEFL Academy’s course.
The TEFL Academy is internationally-recognized and will teach you what you need to know online or in the classroom. Their level-5 course will enable you to get the best jobs and stand out in a competitive industry. The course is regulated by the UK and US governments.
Their current offer allows you to specialize with a free top-up course, such as Business English or Teaching Young Learners.
While it is not required, it is always helpful to have a TEFL certificate. Here are some very affordable options:
Why do you want to tutor on Cambly?
Near the end of your application, Cambly also asks the question, “why do you want to tutor on Cambly?”
This is a good opportunity to tell Cambly why you think you would be a good fit. Your answer will not be disclosed to students; it is for Cambly’s reference only.
Here are some potential answers you could give:
- Passion for helping others
- Great listener and helper
- Your teaching experience
- Love for languages
- Enjoy meeting others
- Love learning about other cultures
- Make an impact
You could talk about your passion for helping others, your teaching experience, your love for languages, or meeting people from other cultures.
I would refrain from mentioning traveling as your sole reason for applying to Cambly, as most English language companies want to know you are taking the job seriously and have a true passion for it.
Therefore, try to give more reasons why you think you can help others and the relevant experience that makes you a good fit. For example, maybe you have a passion for learning, coaching and helping others.
The final part of the application process is the connection test. The connection test will determine if you have the right equipment for teaching at Cambly.
You will need:
Cambly Internet Connection Tips:
An internet speed of at least 3mbps download and 2mbps upload is required. Check your internet speed here.
For privacy reasons, refrain from adding your full name, social media, Skype name, email, phone number, etc.
This is against Cambly’s rules as you are not supposed to take students off their platform!
Instead of writing your full name in the display name section, you can write something like “Teacher Sarah” or “Tutor Mike” instead.
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I have summarized some possible points to include in your application in these easy-to-follow slides:
Is Cambly currently hiring?
Yes, Cambly is currently hiring and now is a great time to apply. Your application only takes 15 minutes to complete so why not send it in now!
Is it easy to get hired at Cambly?
Yes, it is easy to get hired but you need to make sure you fill out your application with enough information about yourself and complete a video that is at least one minute long.
How long does it take Cambly to approve your application?
There is no timeline. Cambly can take a few days to approve your application or even a few months. They hire from all over the world and may need teachers from a specific timezone, depending on their hiring requirements at that time.
I hope you enjoy your online teaching experience with Cambly. Helping students practice their English language skills in a safe, one-on-one environment is a rewarding experience and a really fun way to earn a little extra income.
I hope the application process goes smoothly for you and you can gain some insight into the hiring process based on my profile example.
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