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Causes: Adult Education, Education, Employment, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Leadership Development

Mission: CSIX CONNECT helps individuals in career transition to significantly improve their job search success through education, in-person networking and mutual support. In today’s job market, more than 80 per cent of jobs obtained result from successful networking. CSIX CONNECT provides the means to tap into and leverage the power of a network that is already more than 7000 members strong.

Target demographics: Individuals in career transition.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 7,000 members in the Bay Area

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Programs: CSIX provides education in job search skills, in-person networking, and mutual support. Special Interest Groups in Finance, Biotech, Semiconductor, Manufacturing/Operations, IT, and Clean Technology.

Community Stories

150 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Effective ways to improve job seekers skills required to get interview and return to workforce.

A moral support.

A great networking training and opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 4

CSIX is one of the best networking groups in the SF Bay Area for job seekers. In fact they are more than just a job networking group, they also organize social events such as a weekly hike in a local park. Come to a meeting and enjoy coffee, bagels, speakers, the company of friendly people. Don't forget to stay for lunch and get to know Hamid, who has been dedicated for years to the cause of helping job seekers get hired.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX helps people find and manage the transition between jobs. Speakers provide inspiration and insight into the job hunt and hiring process. Participation builds a community of people helping each other find the next best opportunity, Weekly meetings and information exchange helps folks past the trauma of loosing a job, wade through the swamp of search, explore opportunities trough interest groups, restore confidence with resume-building, and preparation for interviews. Started by one man, nurtured by the continuously evolving participate community, and creating success for people. CSIX deserved recognition for being the best kind of nonprofit.

Huong G. H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Directed unemployed veterans and former co-workers the availability of job search and resume writing workshop at CSIX with the talented and benevolent leader of Hamid Saadat.

Ken B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great way to network and get job search tips. It really helped me when I was looking for a job.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Supportive community for those of us looking for the next career move. Most always, a valuable and informative guest speaker each weekly meeting. There were many times when I came away feeling enthused and energized.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They really help with our confidence by bringing speakers in to show us what steps are needed towards are next job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CSIX Connect is a fabulous organization that provides professional guidance, networking opportunities in a positive and safe environment. CSIX and the volunteer staff provides some of the finest speakers that provide wonderful guidance and mindful way to regain employment.

Hamid is also a great leader and he provides positive guidance on helping people in finding good positions that has longevity . Great organization and I highly recommend C-SIX

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The C6 Group has been an inspiration to give job seekers positive hope in finding the right job. Hamid leadership style is based on trust and provides tools for success. The speakers that are provided are on point and high value.

My hat is off for Hamid and his efforts to help those that are in need.

Regards
Steve Moffett

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX is an amazing organization - always going the extra mile to bring great speakers, provide thoughtful tips and suggestions and to foster a community of helpful networkers who are always willing to lend a hand to fellow job seekers. Kudos to CSIX and the successes they encourage!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a community for community effort initiated by Hamid, yet being driven by our community of professionals in-between their career. I would vote to divert 20% of EDD annual fund to CSIX!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

CSIX brought in excellent speakers this year who helped me fine tune my job search process

Volunteer

Rating: 4

CSix is a great non-profit organization which provides valuable services to job seeking professionals in the Bay Area. I always recommend it to colleagues and fellow job seekers as a great source to meet and network with other professionals. After all, that's what networking is all about. Again, a great non-profit organization. John M

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provided excellent resources at a time when I needed it most. Kind people, don't know where I would be without their support and guidance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX provides a great service and I have personally benefitted from the great program Hamid and the members put together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

C-Six presents highly-qualified guest speakers nearly every week, nearly year-round. I typically make several new LinkedIn connections each time I go.

Coffee-and-bagels are served before the meeting and lunch is provided after the speaker's presentation, at a very nominal cost.

I can't tell you how many friendships I've made there, in addition to learning useful ideas from nearly every speaker.

Christine Y.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 2001 when this group was started, I have supported CSix.

1 Diane P.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They have a variety of speakers that are informative and very helpful. The networking is superb and the lunches are tasty and reasonably priced. Best of all, the people are caring and generous with their time. They truly want to help people in career transition.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great resource. I wish I had discovered it sooner!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great place to network and get connected to get yourself into your next opportunity!

Chuck N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hamid continues to recruit guest speakers that focus on psychology of motivation and job searching, though most recent speaker focused on how to more effectively use LinkedIn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX is a wonderful, safe and supportive environment for job seekers to replenish their hope, practice their 30-second elevator speech, gain new skills from the amazing array of weekly speakers and presentations, and make new friends. I simply love how Hamid has kept the original inception and ritual of having conversations with folks over a warm meal. Continued success and best wishes to Hamid and CSIX!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX is an amazing group for job seekers. I've only been able to attend a couple of meetings due to my schedule (I'm working as a temp until I can find something full time). However, everyone there immediately made me feel welcome - especially Hamid Saadat. They also allowed me to join their e-mail list so I can stay up to date with the group even though I usually can't attend in person. I'm informed of the weekly meeting topics so that I know if they will apply to me and the times so I can try to make it. They also send out job leads and let you request contact information. The group has been extremely helpful and supportive to me and others I know in the Bay Area. When I open my inbox and see their e-mails I am instantly reminded that job searching doesn't have to be such a dreadful and lonely task. It reminds me that I'm not alone in this and that there are people out there willing to help in any ways they can. I highly recommend joining the group if possible!

1 Pat C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a great group of people that truly care for their members. They are upbeat and supportive, they provide a safe environment to learn and grow, and they have great speakers!

Donor

Rating: 5

CSIX is a great organization that brings in excellent speakers to help people in the midst of career-transition. The networking opportunities are terrific with lots of special interest groups. I especially love their hiking group which meets on Tuesday morning at Rancho San Antonio.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was laid off and lost my confidence. Hamid and CSIX's gentle approach helped me contribute to help other job seekers and in the process gain my confidence and present myself positively to employers. I found a fabulous job and I am very thankful to CSIX.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX is a phenomenal resource for job hunters. Hamid finds the most amazing speakers to help us develop our job seeking skills and inspire us as we search for our next success. CSIX meetings are a great place to network, share interview tips, and get support from other job hunters. Thank you, Hamid and your wonderful group of volunteers!

Rick33

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found myself unemployed twice and utilized CSIX both times. The organization is great. They have great speakers that come in and great insights on your job search. They promote an environment where you can learn to network and network with others. It got me out of the house and interacting with people. It provides a friendly, safe, relaxing environment where you can sharpen your job hunting skills. Not to mention the thousands of people that are members who now have jobs that you can connect with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Csix is a great resource for anyone who is in a job transition. They provide a professional environment where you can network with other individuals and here excellent presentations on ways to make the job transition easier. For me it was an opportunity I needed to get out of the house once a week and meet with other professionals to broaded my horizons on the job search task I had. It was better than any company paid outplacement service I have been involved in.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An awesome group led by an amazing founder. Supportive, friendly, open, helping people at a time of transition. Hamid personally cares that we each find support and progress along our personal career journeys. A place to connect, learn, share, grow

Joy C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Day after day, week after week, year after year this group is there for anyone that needs it in good times and bad.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined CSIX in 2005. Over a course of three months, attending the networking and weekly event was held during the lunch hour. Motivation for colleagues was always good for your esteem especially keeping one character on an upbeat side. At times, we shared our near wins and most of all kept others encouraged with positive ideas. After three months, I landed a job outside the Bay Area. Years later, the same situation occurred where I needed a job. CSIX is now located on a Church property. Again, the same venue where both speakers and job seekers attend and lunch is served. I landed another job during the next three months in 2015. This is a great place to share experiences and of course, get a job.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This meeting was a great asset to me while I was unemployed and even now that I am working, I get the newsletters. CSIX gave me a chance to socialize with others who were also looking, discussing what was working and what was not. It was also a great opportunity to practice the "elevator" speech in a less pressured situation. The speakers were always relevant and tangible to the situation and market. Thanks to Hamid for keeping this chapter live and well!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was grateful for receiving an one-off email for an open position at an online commerce business. It was at this position I gained the skills that I know utilize at my current job, which I love!!

This is such a wonderful community who is always looking to help one another, and I hope one day I can repay the favor!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best thing for me with C6 was getting support from members while I was out of work. Although I did not get many leads in my profession, what I did get was confidence, a morale boost, and a career coach. That meant everything to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The connections I've met through CSIX have been very helpful for advancing my career. I found CSIX when I was unemployed (referred by a friend), and I attended many of the meetings for a while (I live many miles away, but I wanted to make the "connections"). Once I got a job, I kept my membership in CSIX … because with the current state of the "gig" economy and with employers now considering employees "disposable" we *need* something like CSIX to keep the connections and hope going.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX is a terrific resource for networking and finding great opportunities.