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Northwestern Mutual on recruiting drive

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Northwestern Mutual announced today that they hope to recruit 5,500 financial professionals in 2013.

With a pestering unemployment rate hovering around 7.8 percent in the U.S., job creation has been a hot-button political issue and a slow-healing wound on the nation’s collective psyche which is why Northwestern Mutual’s announcement that an increase in demand for financial security planning which has spurred its highest-ever recruiting goal can be viewed as a breath of fresh air.

The announcement comes after a strong recruiting year in 2012 where the mutual company surpassed its goal of recruiting 5,000 financial professionals making it the second consecutive year that Northwestern Mutual has announced all-time highs for recruiting.

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More than half of the new recruits are expected to be “career changers”—professionals who are exasperated with their current positions and are looking for growth opportunities.

A nationwide trend that has yielded a need and the requisite demand for a tailored planning approach bodes well for future growth of the American economy.

“We exceeded our recruitment goal for 2012 by several hundred, and are excited to increase our goal for this year by several hundred more,” said Steve Mannebach, vice president, field growth and development at Northwestern Mutual.