Texas Tech University

New Employees


Congratulations on your new position with Texas Tech University! As a new employee, there are a few things you'll need to take care of. 

Before Your First Day

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

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 for full time benefits eligible staff. Participation in this event satisfies various compliance training requirements

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 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 Email - 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 105 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 raidercard@ttu.edu. Then, go to the eRaider Services website, click Activate Account, and complete the online activation process. You will then be able to log on to eRaider and activate you TechMail (email) account.

Purchase a Parking Permit - Complete the necessary online forms at the University Parking Services' website.

Emergency Alerts - Make sure your contact information is correct and up-to-date on the Emergency Communications Center's website 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

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

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 HealthSelect of Texas heath coverage that starts the first day of the month after your 60th 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.