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There are some specific steps you will need to take in order to be prepared for orientation and training. 

Completing Hiring Paperwork

Review the list of expectations below and follow up with your supervisor should you have any questions. Ensure that you have completed all hiring and human resource–related paperwork prior to your first day. If this is not an option, make sure that you take all of the necessary documents with you on your first day of orientation or training. Please check with your supervisor ahead of time to know what forms you may need to bring in.

Hiring paperwork could include but is not limited to:
  • Background check
  • I-9 form (including your identification)
  • Emergency contact form
  • Confidentiality and technology agreements
Students utilizing a work-study award should review the work-study page for information on additional paperwork that is required before you can start.

Identify and Discuss Your Expectations for Your First Day and Week

Make sure you have an understanding of the department/organization’s dress code and professionalism expectations. Establish or confirm your availability so that you can be prepared to discuss it with your supervisor.

Don't forget to find out:

  • Where to park
  • Who to report to
  • When you can meet other staff
  • Where your things can be placed
  • Where you check in on your first few days

Checklist for the First Day

  • Request that your supervisor provide you with the appropriate departmental/institutional policies to review before beginning. The policies should include confidentiality and conflict of interest (see IU Policies for Temporary Employees).
  • Make sure your supervisor provides you with the organization/department website to review, and document any questions you may have.
  • Ensure that you have a work station with adequate supplies and the necessary technology.
  • Prepare a list of questions for each day so that you don’t forget to have them answered before leaving. 

What’s the difference between an on-campus and off-campus job?

On-Campus Job Off-Campus Job
Employment is regulated by IU Policies for Temporary Employees. Employment policies are regulated by individual corporations or organizations. Check with your employer to be given access to these policies.
Students complete background checks and I-9 forms electronically. Background checks and I-9 forms may be completed on paper or online.
Students have more flexibility to refrain from working during their regularly scheduled course times. Employers determine work schedules. You may be asked to work during your class times.
Employment is based on the academic year (August–May); summer is usually considered a separate employment schedule. Your employer should lay out in advance when you are eligible to work. Employment is based on year-round need, including during the academic year and summer, unless otherwise specified as a temporary position.