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MAY 11, 2009 – The local Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) agency is stepping-up its drive to recruit new agents and the firm is offering major incentives to attract top financial services professionals.

«We’re recruiting dozens of new agents right now and we’re working hard to attract top talent. To do this we need to offer an unrivaled package of incentives, training, and support,» said Scott Rich, vice president of field force development for MassMutual.

MassMutual pays the tuition and fees for agents who earn industry designations and college degrees up to and including a Masters of Science Degree in Financial Services.

Agents – who build their own financial services practice within the MassMutual agency – may receive office space, administrative staff, utilities, and nearly everything related to setting-up and growing their practice. Eligible agents also receive an income subsidy for up to three years.

MassMutual also offers:

* Significant compensation
* Full match of annual Social Security & Medicare contributions
* Bonuses and awards

«Training programs like the one offered by MassMutual provide extraordinary support that goes well beyond what individuals would receive if they started businesses or franchises in other industries,» said Jon Dressner, senior vice president of life and health insurance foundation for education (LIFE).

«The down economy has sparked immense demand for professional advice and products that give people safety and security, and job seekers with strong communications skills would be well served to look into opportunities in the insurance-based financial services industry,» said Dressner.

MassMutual agents have access to a variety of in-house and home office specialists including certified public accountants, lawyers, insurance experts and sophisticated software planning programs. These tools can help agents develop comprehensive and effective strategies for their clients.

«This is a great opportunity for people who want to be in business for themselves, but not by themselves,» said Rich. «You’re going to be investing in your business, but the majority of the investment comes from the local agency and corporate entity. You truly get the best of both worlds – being an entrepreneur and running your practice with the backing of a Fortune 500 company,» he continued.

MassMutual’s agents earn degrees through the company’s on-line university. Selecting from over 500 courses each «semester,» agents receive advanced training to identify and develop their client base, Estate & Business Planning, Financial Planning, marketing their financial practice, Business Operations & New Business, Practice Management, and the full range of insurance products.

Agents can also receive specialized training through American College in Pennsylvania to do in depth planning for small businesses or families that have children with special needs. Agents become Certified Family Business Specialists or Special Care Planners, which are unique designations exclusive to MassMutual agents.

MassMutual also offers a range of national training programs and seminars for agents such as its Life Academy, Career Development School and Rising Leaders seminars.

For information about a financial services career visit www.massmutualcareers.com

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