To meet Americans' growing need for financial guidance, Northwestern Mutual plans to recruit more than 2,300 financial representatives and more than 2,500 financial representative interns in 2010.

This projection comes on the heels of a record-setting recruiting year for Northwestern Mutual, which recruited 10 percent more financial professionals in 2009 than in 2008.

"There's a high-demand for trained financial professionals and our forecasts show that this demand will continue to climb in the foreseeable future," said Michael Van Grinsven, Northwestern Mutual field recruitment director. "With all the market uncertainty and confusing options, people are seeking guidance and clarity in their long-term planning."

Northwestern Mutual's reputation as an industry leader was highlighted again in 2009 when it was recognized as one of the "Best Places to Launch a Career" and the "Best Place to Start" an internship as a financial representative by Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine. To learn more about Northwestern Mutual financial representative careers, visit: http://www.northwesternmutual.com/career-opportunities.

Northwestern Mutual Launches "Dress to Impress" Facebook Application

To reach young professionals and college students, Northwestern Mutual is launching "Dress to Impress," a fun Facebook application that lets users rate people's style as "career-makers" or "deal-breakers." From business suits to boxer shorts, the humorous game has users dress themselves in various apparel options to make a more serious point: the market for today's top careers is very competitive.

"The turbulent economy is giving us an opportunity to take better looks at better people and the talent pool of quality applicants today is a real benefit for strong, growing companies like Northwestern Mutual," said Van Grinsven. "We're looking for professionals who are confident, entrepreneurial and prepared to build lasting relationships with clients."

  Visit the app at: http://apps.facebook.com/dress_to_impress.

  About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company - Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. As a mutual company with over $1 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual seeks to share its gains with policyowners and deliver consistent and dependable value to clients over time. Northwestern Mutual is an industry leader in total individual life insurance and disability insurance dividends paid to participating policyowners. Though dividends are not guaranteed, are reviewed annually and are subject to change, the company has paid life insurance dividends every year since 1872.

Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments. Further information can be found at http://www.northwesternmutual.com/.

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CONTACT: Jean Towell of Northwestern Mutual, 1-800-323-7033,
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Web Site: http://www.northwesternmutual.com/
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