Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out what jobs are available at Texas Tech?
The job listing is available 24 hours a day at http://jobs.texastech.edu on any computer with WEB access. All Texas Tech positions are also listed at the Texas Workforce Commission.
How do I apply for positions at Texas Tech?
You must first complete the online application at http://jobs.texastech.edu on any computer with WEB access. You may then view open positions and apply to any listed by answering job-related questions. If referred, the application documentation will be immediately viewable by the hiring manager. You may attach an electronic resume or cover letter as you apply for each position. Please bring your resume/cover letter with you if you plan to use the computers at a Texas Tech Recruiting Office.
Can I apply directly to a hiring department?
No. The Recruiting Offices are the central intake point for all Texas Tech vacancies. Only those applicants applying through the Recruiting Office can be considered.
How soon will I hear something?
During the application process, applicants will have an opportunity to answer job-related questions. Applicants will know immediately if they have been referred to the hiring department for evaluation. Hiring departments will contact applicants they wish to interview.
How long can I use my application to apply for vacancies?
Applications remain on file as long as you are actively applying for positions. If you do not apply for any positions for a full year, you will have to reenter your application before you can apply again. Applications can be reviewed and updated at any time.
How old do I have to be to work at Texas Tech?
You must be at least 16 years of age to work at Texas Tech, although not all positions are available for individuals ages 16-17 years of age.
I have been convicted of a crime. Can I apply for a position at Texas Tech?
You are welcome to apply for a position at Texas Tech. However, many positions are designated as security sensitive and your conviction may restrict you from holding these positions. Background investigations are performed for anyone hired for a security sensitive position.
What are the benefits at Texas Tech?
What is Selective Service registration?
Registration is a way our government keeps a list of names of men from which to draw in case of a national emergency requiring rapid expansion of our Armed Forces. By registering all young men, the Selective Service ensures that a future draft will be fair and equitable.
How can I register?
Men 18 through 25 years old can register by completing a form at the post office. Some high schools have a faculty or staff member who serves as a Selective Service Registrar. Most men turning 18 can also register by mail, if they receive a Selective Service form in the mail. Selective Service System offers a comprehensive web page http://www.sss.gov/ that provides further information on how to register on-line.
Who must register with Selective Service?
Virtually all men must register. The exceptions to this rule are very few and include: nonimmigrant aliens on student, visitor, tourist, or diplomatic visas; men on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces; and cadets and midshipmen in the Service Academies and certain other U.S. military colleges.
What are the hiring supervisor's responsibilities during the hiring process in regards to Selective Service?
At the time you make a job offer, ask the male applicant to complete the Certification of Registration Status form (available on the HR Website). If he discloses that he is between 18 and 26 and properly registered, verify his registration by his registration card or on the Selective Service Internet site http://www.sss.gov/regist.htm and click on "Check a Registration". If an applicant, between the ages of 18 and 26, has not registered, send him to the local post office and ask him to bring back a certificate of mailing as proof of registration. The U.S. Selective Service System also provides for on-line registration by signing onto http://www.sss.gov/regist.htm on the Internet. The Certification of Registration Status will be faxed to the Employment Office when you request a Hiring Certification Form for staff positions. All proof of registration will be maintained in the departmental file.
Where can I find additional information about Selective Service?
Additional general information can be obtained from http://www.sss.gov/regist.htm on the Selective Service System Website.
What is the USA Patriot Act?
The USA Patriot Act is a law signed by President Bush, after the
September 11, 2001 tragedy. The full name of the act is the Uniting
and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required
to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act
of 2001. The law makes it unlawful for restricted individuals to work with certain biological agents, toxins or delivery systems.
How do you know where biological agents, toxins or delivery systems identified by the USA Patriot Act are used on campus?
Working with Principal Investigators and Laboratory Directors, the TTU Office of the Provost and the TTUHSC Office of the Associate Vice President for Research identifies campus facilities that use these agents, toxins or delivery systems and positions within the laboratories that have access to them. Whenever an identified position in one of those laboratories is advertised, the Requisition form sent to the Recruiting Office will indicate that the position falls under the provisions of the USA Patriot Act. This will require that the applicant selected must pass a Dept of Justice "Security Clearance" review before permitted to begin work in a lab where a select agent(s) are used.
Who is a restricted individual under the USA Patriot Act?
A restricted individual under this law is anyone who:
- is under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year;
- has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year;
- is a fugitive from justice;
- is an unlawful user of any controlled substance;
- is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States:
- has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
- is an alien (other than an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence) who is a national of a country as to which the Secretary of State has made a determination (that remains in effect) that such country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. As of April 30, 2001, these countries were Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Cuba, North Korea, and the Sudan; has been discharged from the Armed Services of the United States under dishonorable conditions.
What happens if an applicant is a restricted individual under the USA Patriot Act?
If an applicant is identified as a restricted individual under the USA Patriot Act, he or she is not eligible to fill a vacancy in a laboratory that is doing work requiring compliance. However, the applicant can still apply for other campus positions that do not fall under the Act.
What happens if an applicant refuses to fill out the required Security Clearance form?
An applicant who refuses to fill out the required compliance form is regarded as having given an answer that would disqualify that applicant.
What penalties are there under the Patriot Act for restricted persons who work with these dangerous biological agents?
The act allows for the punishment of those who knowingly violate
the law by a fine or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both.