Your First Days

Welcome to California State University, Northridge. To make your transition as smooth as possible, this page provides information you will need on your first day.

How can I get ready for my first day?

There are several employment forms that you should fill out in advance and bring with you on your first day. If your position is eligible for benefits, you can read about the benefits plans so that you will be ready to make a choice when you complete the Sign-In Process.

Where should I go on my first day? How do I get there and where can I park?

You should report to your department/office at the start of your first day. All employees must complete the Sign-In Process before any work can be performed. So by 8:15 a.m., please report to Human Resources, Room 165 University Hall to complete and/or turn in your Sign-In Paperwork and complete the Sign-In Process. If your first day is a Monday, you will be scheduled to attend the Monday Morning Orientation that begins at 8:30 a.m. and could last until approximately 11:30 a.m.

A temporary Daily Parking Permit may be purchased at an Information Booth, or a vending machine located in each parking structure and most surface lots. You can view a campus map here to determine which lot is located most conveniently near your work area.

What will I need to bring on my first day?

You are required to present the following documents on your first day:

    • Documents that satisfy the requirement for the INS Form I-9.
    • An original, non-laminated Social Security card to satisfy California state payroll requirements.
    • Your new employee paperwork that you downloaded and completed in advance.
    • If you submitted your forms via fax or mail, please bring your originals and your I-9 paperwork.

When will I get an Employee ID Card?

After you have completed the sign in process, please visit University Cash Services on the first floor of Bayramian Hall to have your photograph taken to receive your Photo ID Card. This photo ID will serve as your one-card to purchase a parking decal, receive library privileges, and to be eligible for admission to certain events. A valid driver's license, DMV ID or passport will be required to be shown.

When will I get my paycheck?

Pay dates vary by your type of position. Staff are paid via a pay warrant, once per month and generally on the last day of the monthly pay period, or the first day of the following month. Student and hourly employees are paid on the 15th of the month. If the 15th of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or University holiday, payday will be the prior business day. For further clarification, refer to Payroll Basics, or ask your supervisor.

Where can I get more information on my benefits, and when am I eligible?

If your first day of employment is a Monday, you will be scheduled to participate in a Monday Morning Orientation (from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.) in the Human Resources Office. During this orientation, HR representatives will review benefit eligibility and options and assist you in completing your enrollment paperwork.

If your position is eligible for benefits, the effective date of medical coverage is the first day of the month following appointment once have submitted enrollment forms. For more information on CSU specific benefits information, please visit our Benefits Administration website.

Schedule, Expectations, Logistics

  • Clarify your first week’s schedule, and confirm required and recommended training.
  • Set up your personal work-space, email, and voicemail.
  • Review your job description, outline of duties, and expectations. Ask how your job fits in the department, and how your job and department contribute to the unit/school and the Institute.
  • Ask your manager for an overview of the functional area – its purpose, organizational structure, and goals.
  • Review hours of work. Ask questions about policies and procedures for overtime, use of vacation and sick time, holidays, as well as any flexible work policies or procedures.
  • Ask any other questions on benefits, important deadlines, and signing up for the in-person New Employee Welcome Orientation session.
  • Ask your manager about:
    • Employee key(s) and building access codes.
    • Transportation and parking.
    • Department-specific safety and emergency information.
    • How to get additional supplies.


  • Be prepared to meet coworkers on the first day.
  • Introduce yourself to others in the workplace.
  • Take a tour of the campus.