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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

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

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.

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

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When looking for a new employer, CSIX provides excellent networking opportunities (two of the companies that I interviewed with i found through CSIX), great speakers on topics relevant to a job hunt, and the emotional support of people who are also out there looking. I recommend CSIX to everyone I know who is searching for a new job.

Jean C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX helps me to learn how to get into new career again. It provides all kinds of help for job seeks in different ages.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX really helped me with my job search--great speakers and a great community welcomes all job seekers. Attending a CSIX event was a highlight of my week during my job search.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CSIX Connect has been an invaluable help to me in my job search. I appreciate all of the volunteers working in the background to help the jobseekers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so grateful C-Six exists. The weeky speakers are excellent and informative with diverse subjects to learn. The community of job seekers is incredibly valuable - to share tips, know others are dealing and winning against the same challenges. I can't begin to thank Hamid enough for creating C-Six and keeping it going all these years for us. Please know, we are all so very grateful for the opportunity C-Six gives us, thank you!