Try Out a Great Job Networking Group, C-SIX Connect

13 08 2013

Hello Everyone,

Job search can be a challenging and often isolating experience.

Getting out, meeting with like-minded professionals and helping each other is a powerful way to get you, and others, into work you’ll really enjoy!

I’ve had the honor of knowing Hamid Saadat, who founded C-SIX Connect out of his spirit of generosity and desire to help others.

C-SIX has weekly networking meetings on Thursdays over a light lunch. They have guest speakers and great networking opportunities in a warm and informal setting.

Also, C-SIX has some special events where you can meet directly with hiring professionals, and they will review and give input on your résumé. Hamid said they will have another event in the Fall, so stay tuned.

I highly recommend that you go to a C-SIX networking lunch soon!

You may often as you like, and I’ve found that the more times you attend a networking group and build friendships, the more effective it is for everyone. It’s far better to conduct your job search with friends and people who will inspire and encourage you!

Here are the details:

Networking for local job seekers, sharing job leads, make contact requests, and workshops.

Day / Time:
Every Thursday
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

20390 Park Place
Saratoga, CA 95070

Cost:
$10 (includes program, light breakfast/lunch)

Website:
www.csix.org

I hope you try it out this week! Tell Hamid hello and let him know you’re from the KIT List.

Take care,

Sue

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Sign ups for two excellent and FREE Silicon Valley and East Bay programs for job seekers on 8/7, 8/14 and 8/21

3 08 2013

Hello Everyone,

There are two highly effective organizations that provide job search and career management resources — free of charge!

These two programs are funded by your tax dollars and they are both focused on getting professionals back to work.

ProMatch

If you are making a career move, there has never been a better time to join the ranks of a truly amazing career center in Sunnyvale called ProMatch.

ProMatch is a free service sponsored by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the NOVA Workforce Investment Board.

Many KIT List community members have alerted us to the value and strength of this remarkable program which helps professionals to:

– Learn how to use LinkedIn and other social media tools better
– Discover how to access the “hidden job market”
– Hone your interview and negotiation skills
– Strengthen and grow your professional network

The first step is to attend an orientation which offered every Wednesday from 8:15 AM until noon at the CONNECT Job Seeker Center. Some spaces are available on 8/7 and on 8/14.

Note: Be sure to arrive on time since late arrivals will need to reschedule. There are no advanced sign-ups for this workshop – just come at 8:15 AM.

ProMatch
www.promatch.org
CONNECT Job Seeker Center
420 S. Pastoria Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

East Bay Works

Located in Concord, they offer free services including job coaching and workshops for professionals in the East Bay and Tri-Valley area.

Experience Unlimited volunteers lead their own workshops on site. Plus, they have the largest local contingent of EDD staff in the Tri-Valley area located in their office.

Sign up for their one-hour Career Services Overview on the first and third Wed of every month. There you will find out everything that East Bay Works offers professionals — all free of charge.

The next events are 8/7 and 8/21 at 1:30 PM (arrive at 1:00 PM if you are not registered).

Also, they offer online workshops on job search preparation, LinkedIn vocational assessments, other distance learning for soft skills at:
www.metrixlearning.com

EastBay Works
www.eastbayworks.com

One Stop Career Center
4071 Port Chicago Hwy. #250
Concord, CA 94520

IMPORTANT:
I get many requests for KIT List job seekers outside of the Silicon Valley who want to know if there are similar services in their area.

Please share in the Comments section of this blog any other organizations that provide free career services, especially anything in Marin, Monterrey, Los Angeles, etc.

Thanks, everyone!

Sue