CLOSE to a dozen members of a job club have received expert advice thanks to a charity.

Eleven members of the M3 Job Club, the Basingstoke-based charitable organisation which helps people back into work to support the economy, were given advice at a workshop, funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Leading the full day workshop was Steve Mills, director of The Prudent Marketer and one of the club’s business coach volunteers, who helped members to look at ways of using social media platform LinkedIn for job success.

Lorraine Stonehouse, M3 Job Club administrator, said: “Our members who attended the workshop founded it invaluable in helping them fully understand how to grow their network and increase their visibility to those seeking their skills.

“The club is very fortunate to have Steve’s ongoing support. Our members came away buzzing with a list of ideas to enhance their presence on LinkedIn.

Club founder and chairman Richard Thayer added: “We would like to thank Andrew Mechen and Bizspace for their generous support for letting us use, free of charge, the professional training room and facilities at Belvedere House in Basing View.”

The M3 Job Club was founded in April 2011 and is run by volunteers who rely on contributions from members, alumni, businesses and the borough council to run coaching-led sessions including workshops for individuals looking to return to the work of work especially after redundancy.

Since it started, the club has helped more than 650 people in mid-Hampshire get back into work.