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New Employees

Congratulations on your new position with Texas Tech University!

Welcome to Texas Tech, a premier institution and workplace of choice. Below is a step-by-step guide that will assist you as you begin work at Texas Tech.

During your first 30 days at Texas Tech, you will attend New Employee Orientation. This will cover current university operations and structure and will provide information regarding your benefits.

Our high-performance culture is built on a community that promotes work/life balance and encourages individuals to use their unique talents to make a difference through service. Further, it is an environment of inclusion, cooperation, and respect.

Before your first day

Pre-Employment Screenings

Employment at Texas Tech is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check, drug or alcohol screening, as well as verification of the information provided during the interview process. Your hiring department will work closely with you to process the necessary forms to complete these screenings.

New Employment Packet

The New Employee I-9 Packet must be completed and submitted to Human Resources by your hiring department within the first three days of employment.

Register for New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation is designed as a transition for new employees into the Texas Tech workforce and provides resources that support employee success. New Employee Orientation is required within the first 30 days of employment, and participation in this event satisfies various compliance training requirements. Register for New Employee Orientation here.

Register for the Leadership Series

The Leadership Series is designed to provide Texas Tech University leaders with information, resources and expertise to meet the challenges of leading a team of employees in a rapidly growing, academically challenging, research focused university. Texas Tech University leaders include employees overseeing the performance of others. This series is required within the first 30 days of employment.

Prior State Service and Leave Balances

If you have previously worked at Texas Tech or another Texas state agency, be sure to complete the Previous Service section on the second page of the Texas Tech Personal Biographic Data Form in your New Employee Packet. Human Resources will contact you with the information and forms needed to transfer service credit and leave balances from other state agencies.

During your first week

Obtain your TechID

Your department will receive this number as soon as they prepare the ePAF. This is your Texas Tech Identification number, also known as your "R number." If you have previously been enrolled or employed at Texas Tech, you may already have a TechID.

Activate your eRaider account and e-mail.

Your eRaider ID and password will serve as credentials for most Texas Tech online systems. To activate your eRaider ID, visit the University ID office in room 103 of the Student Union Building (SUB). You will need to present a government-issued ID in person to receive your eRaider activation code. If you have questions, please call 806-742-1457 or contact the ID office at

Then, go to the eRaider Services Web site, click Activate Account, and complete the online activation process. You will then be able to log on to eRaider and activate your TechMail (e-mail) account.

Purchase a parking permit

Complete the necessary online forms at University Parking Services' Web site to purchase a space.

Emergency alerts

Make sure your contact information is correct and up-to-date on the Emergency Communications Center's Web site to receive emergency alerts regarding critical university operations.

Receive your Position Description

Your department will provide you with a written position description specific to your job. Texas Tech position descriptions consist of four major components: administrative information, essential functions, physical demands, and environmental conditions.

Receive University and Departmental Expectations

The university establishes its employment expectations in a variety of operating policies and procedures, and the Regents' Rules. Your department will provide you with specific expectations for successful employment in that department. Departmental expectations may provide information such as dress code, opening or closing procedures, absentee reporting protocol, personal phone calls, email etiquette, and other important matters relevant to your department.

During your first month


During your first 30 days of employment or promotion into a benefits-eligible position you have the opportunity to enroll in dental, optional insurance benefits, and TexFlex by visiting ERS.

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Attend Banner Training

Training specific to your position can be found at the Administration and Finance Information Systems Management (AFISM) Web site

During your first two months

During your first 60 days of employment or promotion into a benefits eligible position you have the opportunity to enroll in family health insurance by visiting ERS. Full-time benefits eligible employees are automatically enrolled in health coverage that starts the first day of the month after your 90th day of employment.

During your first six months

Receive your six month employee evaluation

For most employees, the first six months of employment is considered an orientation and review period. Thereafter, employees are reviewed annually.

You are eligible to take vacation

Employees can apply for vacation after completing 6 months of continuous employment with the state.

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