terms of service

Effective 1-1-2021



This Terms of Service was prepared in order to outline the expectations and guarantees that all clients must agree to follow when engaging with Traction Resume. These terms will be applied fully and by engaging with Traction Resume (known hereafter as “Traction Resume” or “we”), you (hereby referred to as “Client” or “you”) agree to accept the Terms of Service as written here and on Traction Resume’s website. Failure to read the Terms in their entirety does not authorize a waiver of these Terms or their application.

Traction Resume requires an initial, free 20-minute consultation with all prospective clients to determine Client’s job search challenges, career goals, and overall fit between Traction Resume and Client (person making payment to Traction Resume) before any project can be initiated. All projects are quoted at the conclusion of the free 20-minute consultation session. Projects are quoted on a package basis as deemed appropriate to fit the client’s current career stage, desired direction, target salary, types of services invested, and the overall scope and complexity of work involved.

Writing projects begin once payment is arranged in full and the electronic Terms of Service agreement has been signed and returned to Traction Resume in order to hold a Client’s spot in our project cycle. All client payments are processed through PayPal and all major debit/credit cards are accepted.

Upon entering this agreement with Traction Resume, Client understands and acknowledges that resume writing is a creative and collaborative process that is dependent on Client’s active participation in the process. Since writing documents is very time-consuming and Traction Resume is not able to regain time lost in preparing and writing Client documents, no refunds will be given except as outlined in these Terms.


Project Scope

All resume packages will be prepared based on information provided by Client during the 45 to 60-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment via phone and comprehensive, targeted responses to questions via email. Client can also supply additional information to facilitate the writing process, such as copies of an existing resume or cover letter, current and former performance reviews, personality assessments, academic transcripts, or other supporting documents that Client feels comfortable sharing to maximize positioning for desired career target(s). Anything that Client shares with Traction Resume is kept confidential and is never shared.

Immediately following payment, Client will choose from available times for 45 to 60-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment via phone in order to clarify or expand on the details that Client has provided to initial questions and requests from Traction Resume.

The 45 to 60-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment will take place via phone or Zoom. Client will receive email reminders 24 hours prior to the session. After the 45 to 60-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment, Client will receive the initial Resume Proof document via email within 7 to 10 business days.

Traction Resume takes a “quality over quantity” approach to writing career marketing documents. Unless a rush service has been purchased, all proof documents will be forwarded to Client by email at Traction Resume’s standard turnaround time of 7-10 business days (excludes weekends and holidays) AFTER the 30-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment has taken place.

Following any updates or changes to the initial resume proof documents, the Final Resume document and any additional documents included in the package (such as Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profile Guide, Brag Book) will be delivered within 48 hours of client approval of the Proof documents.

Once the final package documents have been delivered, the package is complete unless further services such as Mock Interview Coaching, LinkedIn Training, or Job Search Coaching are added.


Client acknowledges and understands that the project investment takes into account Traction Resume’s expertise, skill, and time. Further, the project investment takes into account:

Client intake time, including any e-mails and phone calls back and forth between Traction Resume and Client concerning the project

Personal branding and document strategy/typesetting/design/layout

Document proofreading and editing

Coaching session preparation time and delivery

Any additional work requested outside of the original project scope will be billed at Traction Resume’s hourly fee of $150 (1-hour minimum).


For Clients with more urgent needs, Traction Resume offers both 3- and 5-business day RUSH delivery options at an additional investment, calculated based on the total resume cost of the Client project.

Please call ahead at (916) 622-4235 or email [email protected] if you require a RUSH project to ensure availability.

Note: Client sessions are often booked out 1-2 weeks in advance. Depending on Traction Resume’s project workload, rush projects cannot always be accommodated.

Rush fees are calculated in the following manner:

3-business days: Adds an additional 50% to the original resume investment.

5-business days: Adds an additional 25% to the original resume investment.

Weekend consultations and any work required over the weekend will add $300 to the overall investment.

If Client requires a weekend Career Walkthrough Appointment and/or work to be done over the weekend, Client may incur both weekend AND 3- or 5-day rush fees.


Client understands that the information gathering process, including completing an informational questionnaire and participating in the 45 to 60-minute discovery session, is a key element of the resume writing process. Client agrees to provide all necessary and factual information to Traction Resume. Client’s written documents will be prepared from the information provided by Client in the questionnaire and data from supplementary documentation provided by the Client. Clients who fail to complete the questionnaire or intake process will be subject to incomplete information in their new resume (and other documents) and additional fees for additional consulting time.

After the questionnaire has been completed and returned to Traction Resume, a 45 to 60-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment will be scheduled to clarify and expand on the information provided by the Client in the questionnaire.

It is incumbent on the Client to be prepared for the 45 to 60-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment. Failure of Client to be available for this session and/or provide the required information (questionnaires, supporting documents, etc.) to Traction Resume per the required timeline will result in the delay of the project.


Traction Resume acknowledges that external factors can happen outside of the Client’s control. If a sudden emergency or unforeseen circumstance should arise and Client should need to reschedule the Career Walkthrough Appointment, the Client may do so at no extra charge for the first time.

If subsequent cancellations should follow, Client will be billed a cancellation fee of $25 for each cancellation that occurs within 5 hours of our scheduled meeting. No new appointments can be scheduled until the cancellation fee has been rendered. Examples of acceptable external circumstances include: sudden illness (Client, immediate family member, pet), natural disasters, or other health and family-related emergencies.

For any scheduled Career Walkthrough Appointments, interview preparation, or coaching sessions that do not fall under the sudden emergency category, please provide Traction Resume with 5 hours of advanced notice if you cannot be available for scheduled sessions to avoid cancellation fees.



It is incumbent upon the Client to show up on time and prepared for the scheduled 30-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment as Traction Resume has a waiting list and often books sessions out 1-2 weeks in advance.

Should Client fail to show up for the scheduled Career Walkthrough Appointment without giving at least 5 hours of advanced notice, Client will be billed $75 to compensate Traction Resume for their time and for taking away space that could have been reserved for another client.

No rescheduling will occur until Client compensates Traction Resume the $75 no-show fee.

Career Walkthrough Appointment LATE ARRIVAL:

Arriving more than 15 minutes late to the scheduled 30-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment without notice will be treated as a no-show and Client will be charged $75.

Career Walkthrough Appointments will NOT be extended beyond the 45 TO 60-minute time frame due to lateness.


Documents are thoroughly proofread by Traction Resume before being forwarded to the Client. Clients are asked to check all data for accuracy and completeness. If corrections are needed, clients are asked to forward specific instructions for changes by e-mail to [email protected] and/or schedule a 30-minute project strategy session to discuss ANY AND ALL document revisions.


Traction Resume is not responsible for errors or omissions that are “missed” during the client review process.


All writing projects include revisions with limitations as expressed in these Terms. Revisions and edits for ALL writing projects take approximately 10 business days. The majority of revisions are minor and can easily be handled by email. Traction Resume reserves the right to extend the time for delivering project documents during high influx periods or unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, natural disasters, and health, family, or other personal emergencies.

After the initial resume and other documents are delivered, Client will have 10 business days to review the documents and arrange for a 30-minute project strategy session to fully discuss ANY AND ALL the changes that Client is requesting.

The first round of revisions must be submitted to Traction Resume by email within the first 5 business days following initial document delivery.

It is incumbent upon Client to be prepared and on time for the 30-minute project strategy call. Failure of Client to be available for the project strategy session call, participate in the editing/revision process, or authorize revisions or approval of career documents within the 10 business day revision timeline constitutes acceptance of the draft and finalization of the work package.

The edited document drafts (presented in 2-3 business days) will include Client’s recommended edits and feedback, barring edits that do not meet modern resume writing practices. Traction Resume reserves the right to challenge Client on any edits that do not meet modern resume writing standards or those that are not in the Client’s best benefit.

Once the edited draft is presented to Client for review, it is for purposes of final proofreading to the edits made on the second draft. Client will send an email to Traction Resume providing any minor edits to finalize the resume and other documents. No major re-writing or overhauling/adding of information will occur at the final revision stage.

Our engagement is intended for the point in time where Traction Resume and Client collaborate on Client’s goals and career background. This engagement is NOT an evolving project over the course of several months and job changes.

Any additional edits or consulting time beyond the project scope and final revision stage will be billed at Traction Resume’s hourly rate of $150 per hour (1-hour minimum) should Client request such edits.


All Traction Resume projects come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and Traction Resume strives to work with Client to ensure satisfaction with all written work, with the exception of the following:

If Client introduces new information AFTER initial document delivery, additional fees for consulting, writing, or revision may be incurred on an hourly basis (1-hour minimum).

If Client should fail to submit the correct information or omit information required to produce accurate documents, Traction Resume is under no obligation to include this information AFTER writing has begun.

If Client lands a new position within the project window timeframe and wishes to add in the new position to the new resume, hourly update fees ($150 minimum) will be incurred to compensate Traction Resume for time required to discuss new role with Client and the additional writing, editing, and formatting required.

A significant departure from the original draft provided will also incur additional hourly fees as this constitutes a completely different document and is viewed as a different resume.


Should Client schedule a project strategy session following initial document delivery and need to cancel due to a sudden emergency or unforeseen circumstance, Client may do at no additional charge for the first time.

Any subsequent cancellations must be done no less than 5 hours in advance of our session. Any subsequent sessions that are canceled within 5 hours of the scheduled meeting will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee, which must be rendered prior to scheduling any additional sessions.


Should Client fail to show for the scheduled project strategy session without providing advanced notice or rescheduling for a different day and time, Client will be billed $75 to compensate Traction Resume for the loss of scheduled time that could have been reserved for another Client.

No further review sessions will take place until the $75 no-show fee is compensated.


Arriving more than 15 minutes late for the project strategy session without advanced notice will be treated as a no-show and Client will be billed $75 to compensate Traction Resume for the loss of scheduled time that could have been reserved for another Client.

No further review sessions will take place until the $75 no-show fee is compensated.


If final project approval has not been received by the end of business hours and within the 10 business day revision timeline, Traction Resume reserves the right to finalize Client project, prepare and forward the final document versions, and avail Traction Resume of any further responsibility to the project.

Unless other arrangements are made, and mutually agreed to, Client agrees to finalize the resume package (or accept work as written) by the end of the 10-business day revision time frame. Client also agrees that he/she is solely responsible for meeting this deadline.

Traction Resume is not liable for any changes requested by Client after the expiration of the 10-business day window.

Traction Resume offers Clients the opportunity to upgrade their career packages within the 10-day project window. Should Client decide to upgrade his or her project (i.e. adding another service.), the delivery timeline for added services will be treated as a separate project with standard delivery of 7-10 business days.

If Client requests additional work outside of the original project scope, it will be billed at an hourly rate of $150 (1-hour minimum).


Due to substantial costs incurred by Traction Resume to stop and restart a project once it is underway, should a project be halted at any time for more than 30 days by the Client, for any reason beyond extenuating circumstances or not mutually agreed to, a project restart fee of 15% of the project’s costs will be due and payable ahead of work re-commencing to compensate for the time Traction Resume will need to review Client career history and documents.

Any projects that remain in Traction Resume’s project queue for an extended period will be subject to:

>90 days, a 25% reactivation fee

>120 days, a 30% reactivation fee

>180 days, a 50% reactivation fee and potential cancellation

Should Traction Resume raise its prices while Client project is delayed, Client will be subject to the higher pricing point when Client returns to reinstate project.


If a Client purchases a package that includes coaching services and/or training sessions, these sessions must be scheduled and completed no later than 5 business days after project finalization has taken place, unless separate arrangements have been made and mutually agreed to between Traction Resume and Client. No refunds will be given for unused coaching and/or LinkedIn training sessions.

If a Client purchases coaching services that include more than 1 session, these sessions must be scheduled within 3-5 business days of one another to allow adequate preparation and ensure maximum effectiveness of coaching sessions. No refunds will be given for unused coaching sessions



All writing and coaching projects officially begin once payment has been arranged and the electronic service agreement e-signed by Client. Projects that remain stagnant for more than 6 months or 185 days are subjected to a higher restart fee of 50% or potential cancellation. NO REFUNDS will be provided.


Full payment is required before any Career Walkthrough Appointments or drafts are provided to a client to prevent any pirating of completed work to date. All payments are processed through PayPal. Fees are NOT refundable once work on a Client project has begun.

Traction Resume currently offers 1 payment options:

In full, upfront. Client can render payment for services using any major debit/credit card, including AMEX.

Traction Resume offers 2-pay options (50/50) by request only.

2 payments (50/50). Client must put down 50% upfront (non-refundable) to initiate the information gathering process. The second half of the investment must be rendered within the 7-10-business day delivery timeline after the 30-minute Career Walkthrough Appointment takes place and before new document delivery.


Client further acknowledges and understands that once payment is made, should Client wish to cancel a project, a penalty will be assessed as follows:

Cancellation after project is paid for, but before work has begun: a full refund will be made minus any PayPal transaction fees AND a 10% cancellation fee.

Cancellation after work has begun, but before first draft is provided to Client: 50% of total project price is retained by Traction Resume minus any PayPal transaction fees.

Cancellation after first draft is provided to Client: 100% of total project price is retained by Traction Resume.

Since Traction Resume’s establishment in 2015, we have not had to issue any refunds due to Client dissatisfaction with work rendered. Traction Resume is aware of chronic chargeback clients within the career services industry, and files and archives every email communication and updated versions of each document prepared for clients.

If Client is unhappy for any reason, Traction Resume strives to work with clients and ensure 100% satisfaction with the content of their resume and other documents. If Client is still demanding money back and goes through their credit card company, Traction Resume is well-prepared to show documentation and evidence of work rendered.

Traction Resume GUARANTEE

100% Satisfaction Guarantee – Once Client officially approves the project, this will signify Client’s 100% satisfaction. All projects must be approved within the 10-business day revision window unless additional arrangements have been made AND mutually agreed upon between Client and Traction Resume.

Highest Code of Ethics and Integrity – All discussions are confidential. Your personal information is never shared.

Renewed confidence in your value, credibility, and expertise, plus enhanced self-awareness and personal branding knowledge that you can leverage as your career evolves.

Lifetime storage of your documents, unless you request otherwise. If you do not wish for Traction Resume to store your documents, please submit your request in writing to [email protected]

2 rounds of revisions within 10-business days following new document delivery. The first round must be submitted within the first 5 business days. Client must be prepared to discuss ALL revisions in full during the 30-minute project strategy session.

Unlimited email support following project completion. This service is for questions related to Client’s job search process NOT for requesting additional edits upon project completion. Traction Resume typically responds within 1-2 business days depending on current project workload.

Forwarding of new documents between 7-10 business days AFTER the Career Walkthrough Appointment.

Final keyword-optimized documents in 2 formats: MS Word and Adobe PDF.

Automatic eligibility for our Returning Client Update service. Valid as long as no more than 2 years have passed.


Traction Resume is committed to honoring each Client’s personal privacy. Documents are never shared. Client reserves the right to unsubscribe from any of Traction Resume’s subscriptions or newsletters. Additionally, if Client clicks on a resource link from our website, Traction Resume cannot guarantee or be responsible for their content or privacy policies.


Traction Resume uses their professional ability, in good faith, to create superior Resumes and other career marketing documents to get clients interviews. Traction Resume cannot guarantee interviews, jobs, or career outcomes as market conditions vary, and we cannot control the effort a client will make in obtaining a job or how the client will behave during the interview process. In addition, Traction Resume cannot control the competition in obtaining a position. Finally, at times, employers will decide not to fill positions that are advertised.

It is incumbent upon the Client to aggressively partake in the job search process, including applying for qualifying positions that Client meets the requirements for. Additionally, Traction Resume is not responsible for Client’s use or non-use of the resume or writing project.

Traction Resume is not liable for any inaccurate, incorrect, or misleading information in the prepared materials as Client is required to review the materials and approve the entire content prior to final delivery. Traction Resume is not responsible for the accuracy or truthfulness of the information provided by Client, nor is Company responsible for consequential damages of any kind that Client may incur from inaccurate documents, edits to documents at Client’s request that coincide with Traction Resume’s expert recommendations, or while utilizing Traction Resume’s resume writing services.

Client agrees to hold Traction Resume harmless from any such liability. Should Client wish to file suit against Traction Resume, the jurisdiction/choice of law shall be in Washington State and each party shall bear its own costs in filing suit.


Traction Resume owns all content and information posted on Company website. No one may copy, distribute, or use any of the content, including this Terms and Conditions, for financial gain, without the express consent of the Company. Traction Resume reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions at any time, and Client agrees to abide by the Terms and Conditions.


No party shall be liable or responsible to the other party, nor be deemed to have defaulted under or breached this Contract, for any failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any term of this Contract (except for any obligations to make payments to the other party hereunder), when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts beyond the impacted party’s (“Impacted Party”) control, including, but not limited to, the following force majeure events (“Force Majeure Events”): (a) acts of God; (b) a natural disaster (fires, explosions, earthquakes, hurricane, flooding, storms, explosions, infestations), epidemic, or pandemic; (c) war, invasion, hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot or other civil unrest; (d) government order or law; (e) actions, embargoes or blockades in effect on or after the date of this Contract; (f) action by any governmental authority; (g) national or regional emergency; (h) strikes, labor stoppages or slowdowns or other industrial disturbances; and (i) shortage of adequate power or transportation facilities.

The Impacted Party shall give Notice within 5 days of the Force Majeure Event to the other party, stating the period of time the occurrence is expected to continue. The Impacted Party shall use diligent efforts to end the failure or delay and ensure the effects of such Force Majeure Event are minimized. The Impacted Party shall resume the performance of its obligations as soon as reasonably practicable after the removal of the cause. In the event that the Impacted Party’s failure or delay remains uncured for a period of 10 days following Notice given by it, the other party may thereafter terminate this Contract upon Notice.


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