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The Pros and Cons of International Sales Jobs

Are international sales jobs as good as they seem? You get to see different parts of the world with the potential to earn a ton. There are drawbacks too, though. Let's take a look.


Finding a career that never gets stale is hard, but one that is guaranteed to always be changing is something that can constantly provide new opportunities.  That’s why international sales jobs are a great choice for any salesperson seeking to enter into a constantly changing and interesting type of career.  However, it’s not always all that it’s cracked up to be, so it’s really important that you know what you’re getting into before actually accepting a position.  There are a lot of opportunities provided by international sales jobs, but then there are also a lot of negatives that are also required by the work.  By knowing both, you can be sure that you’re able to figure out if this is the career path for you.

First up, understanding the positives of an international sales career path:

-Tons of job growth potential

A big concern when applying for a job these days, is what the future potential for job prospects is going to be.  That’s true of any international sales position, and something that you always have to think about.  Because we’re heading more and more towards a global economy everyday, you’re going to find that this provides for plenty of job opportunities, and there are only going to be more and more.  Most predictions see international sales jobs growing by at least 7% in the next few years, meaning that new jobs are always going to be opening up.

-An ever changing work environment.

What you’re also going to find from many international sales positions, is that the work environment is in a constant state of flux because of both new product, and new areas of the world for which you will be traveling.  If you’re actually the traveling salesperson, you never know where you’re going to be next, which is really exciting for all the locales the world has to offer.  But you’ll also have fun targeting and marketing new products, even if you’re more of a conceptual or planning salesperson.

-Fantastic salary options.

The median salary for most international sales positions is right up around the upper tiers of $60,000 right now, so this is a career that really pays.  Moreover, it’s also a career that typically has commission work of some sort, so you can ensure the better you are the more money you will make, and that’s control a good salesperson always wants to have.

However, despite these positives there are some distinct cons that can help dictate if this is really the type of career for you:

-Ever changing job structure

Something that you’re going to find is that international sales jobs are always in a state of flux, as they evolve and adapt to new market trends.  That means you’re always going to have to be learning new strategies, as well as new types of products that you’re selling in order to stay on top.  That requires a lot of work on your part, especially if you want to be as good as you can be.

– Difficult travel schedules

While traveling all across the world can be very freeing and exciting, it’s also a job that can be pretty difficult and lonely.  Maintaining some long term relationships will be hard because you’re never really in one place for too long.  Also, you’re going to find that it can be confusing going from area to area where the local languages are extremely different, and finding your way around can seem impossible.  This part of the job also takes a lot dedication, as well as patience to work out your surroundings when you’re surrounded by foreign languages that you’re unfamiliar with.

-A lot of success can depend upon luck.

While a better salesperson is always going to have more sales, there is also a fair amount of luck that comes with a job like this as well.  Sometimes it’s not enough to be good at selling, and you have to get lucky in order to get the right numbers, or in order to be selling the right product at the right time.  That means that even if you do develop your skills, you can end up not being the success that you wanted, just because the cards don’t seem to be in your favor.

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