At SOS, our top priority is your success.

SOS offers:

  • Free critiques of your resume and cover letters
  • Suggestions for successful interviews
  • Advice on how to do well at a specific assignment
  • Competitive wages
  • No placement-agency fees
  • Ability to accept assignments which fit your schedule
  • University experience and references for your work history/resume
  • Potential full-time opportunities and networking opportunities
  • Access to university internal job postings
  • Payroll contributions to a voluntary retirement plan

We look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your employment goals.The working as a temp page outlines what you can expect as a temp and also provides advice for being successful. Take a few moments to read through those sections, or get started with the application process if you're ready.

How to Apply

Go to Staff > Find a Job to register, search for SOS Temporary Staffing job openings (Job ID 31677 for clerical opportunities, Job ID 31686 for non-clerical) and fill out the application in its entirety.   Refer to the application instructions for more information.  If you have questions about the application process, please see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact SOS Temporary Staffing at 573-882-7701.

What to Expect Next

If you meet our requirements, we can take the next steps in the hiring process.  These steps must be done in order.  If you need computer access to complete a step, you are welcome to use the public computers in our lobby, during office hours, at Human Resource Services in Jesse Hall, Room 15.  If you are a candidate for office positions, we will email you an invitation to take an online skills assessment for keyboarding, data entry, and Microsoft Office.

  • Check both your email inbox and spam folders for messages from SOS and our assessment provider,
  • The assessment provides us with a snapshot of your skill set, which we must know to consider you for office assignments.
    • If your scores are too low for office assignments, you may qualify for non-clerical assignments, if you are interested.
    • SOS Temps can retake the assessment anytime they feel their skills have improved.
  • You will be emailed to schedule an interview if you meet the minimum requirements (and your assessment scores are acceptable, for clerical positions).
Criminal Background Check (CBC)

After a successful interview, you will be asked to submit a criminal background check.  Eligibility for employment is contingent on the background check results.  All new hires, rehires and MU retirees are subject to CBCs. 

Sterling Talent Solutions is the CBC provider.  You will receive an email (from containing your Sterling log-in credentials and a link to a secure Sterling website.

  • To authorize your CBC, submit your personal information (date of birth and social security number) to Sterling.
  • It usually takes a few days for Sterling to complete the CBC.  After the CBC results are reviewed to confirm they are accetpable, we can invite you to Onboard.

"Onboarding" means completing HR forms online and submitting direct deposit information.  Onboarding is required whether or not this is your first time working for MU.  When it is time for this step, the University of Missouri will email Onboarding instructions to you.  The subject line will be "University of Missouri New Employee Information".  It will be sent from "" domain.  After you have finished Onboarding, the next step is New Employee Registration (NER).

All SOS temps are required to attend New Employee Registration and an in-house orientation prior to beginning work assignments. Temps are not paid for this time. You must appear in-person to show proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States. 

  • Your "University of Missouri New Employee Information" email will include instructions for NER.  For an official list of acceptable documents visit Original documents are required. No photocopies or laminated documents are acceptable.
  • You cannot do NER if you have not finished Onboarding. As soon as you complete the Onboarding forms, go to the HR office in Room 15 of Jesse Hall, you will NOT receive an email telling you when to go to NER.
  • After you complete NER, you become an MU employee.  While you are at HR, please stop by the SOS office to let us know!
New Employee Orientation (NEO)

NEO is the required training session you must attend before beginning your first temporary assignment.  As an MU employee, you are paid for the training time you spend in NEO. 

  • You will receive an email to schedule your NEO session.
  • After your session is scheduled, we will email you the date, time and location.
  • You must respond to the invitation email so we know to prepare a workstation for you.

Departments contact our office when there is a need for temporary support. The requests are for all levels and abilities with varying schedules. When we receive a request for which you are qualified, we will contact you to let you know the details of the assignment, which you may then accept or refuse. If you accept, it is imperative to work the assignment for the length of time requested. As with any temporary staffing agency, there is never any guarantee for another assignment.


All University employees (which includes SOS Temps) have access to free, high-quality, on-line training Percipio which can be found through myHR, has tutorials, books and courses for most administrative applications, such as the MicroSoft Office suite and PeopleSoft tools.  The Knowledge Base website at the Division of Information Technology features a variety of how-to articles as well as help and support features.  Both myLearn and the Knowledge Base are available 24/7 from any laptop or desktop with Internet access.  You may also use the public computers in the reception are of Human Resource Services, 15 Jesse Hall, during regular business hours.