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The core traits of career success

By David G. Jensen

Advice for both scientists and recruiters in science disciplines.

The six core traits hiring managers should look out for.

The ingredient that ties together all traits is passion.

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Gives the edge when it comes to innovation and discoveries.


Focus is commitment that multiplies persistence.

Inner beliefs

A positive attitude contributes to success.


Be flexible enough to move in many different directions and avoid dead-ends.


Deliver on your commitments, give back to your partners and pick the right colleagues and collaborators.

Critical thinking

Ability to reason well and carefully analyze facts