Japanese companies often have a job rotation system so that workers can experience a variety of work. This section will explain sales, office work, and management, which is work often assigned to international students.
Sales refers to work related to selling a company’s products and services.
Sales positions can be broadly divided into two types, depending on the sale target.
The first is corporate sales, which targets large contracts with companies, and the second is individual sales, which involves sales to individual consumers.
Corporate sales and individual sales can be further subdivided into several types depending on the business contents.
“New sales” refers to cultivating new customers, “existing sales” refers to making contracts with companies that have already been contacted in the past, and “in-house sales” refers to handling inquiries that come by phone or e-mail from the people who saw an advertisement, etc.
Positions where international students can succeed: Overseas sales
One area in particular where international students can succeed in sales is with overseas sales where you can utilize your language skills.
Some companies refer to this as international sales. Overseas sales involves transactions with overseas customers. This can call for business trips outside Japan or even temporarily living overseas for sales.
Overseas sales mainly involves new sales (finding new customers) and existing sales (selling to existing customers).
Office work & management positions
Office work and management involves supporting employees who work at a company.
Tasks involve document creation, filing, data entry, answering telephones, and customer support.
Office work can involve various types of tasks including general office work, sales work, accounting work, personnel work, general affairs work, import/export work, and medical work.
Among these, personnel/labor affairs and general affairs work involve managing employee salaries and company equipment.
In addition, import/export work is good for international students since it involves handling import/export procedures and documents, and requires the ability to prepare documents in English.
Overseas sales and import/export work are recommended for international students since these allow you to utilize your language skills. Be sure to consider sales and office positions when searching for a job.
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