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When Zanea A. Clarett moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, from Los Angeles in 2010, she wanted to launch her career in HR after having focused on accounting during internships and early undergraduate studies. “One day I realized I didn’t want to deal with numbers all day,” she says. “I knew I liked people and business, so I switched over to HR.”
People and business obviously liked her back: Over the next eight years, she thrived in three important roles—as HR client manager for Pratt & Whitney, a manufacturer of aircraft engines; as HR generalist for MorseLife, which provides services for seniors; and in her current role as corporate recruiter for NextEra Energy, a clean-energy company in Juno Beach, Fla., with 14,300 employees in North America, a job she has held for over two years.
Clarett, 29, also helped broaden the scope of the HR Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC), her local SHRM chapter, to focus more on HR students. She took over the college relations committee, for example, partnering with local institutions with no HR track to conduct workshops and panels introducing students to the profession. And when the chapter president asked her to co-chair HRPBC’s 2015 annual conference, she went to work lining up nearly 20 speakers, managing the budget and creating marketing materials for more than 220 participants—the highest attendance on record.
What she’s been up to lately
“I’m getting up to speed on my learning about the nuclear industry. I also implemented a recruiting plan to bring in diverse talent through targeted partnerships with historically black colleges and universities.”
“It’s tangible. I can see and talk to the people I hire and know that I made a big impact on their lives. And NextEra is a great company that takes care of its employees. What we do matters.”
The SHRM difference
“My chapter has been vital to my career development. I have had multiple mentors, and I got both of my last two jobs through chapter connections. I couldn’t have moved through my career as well as I have without SHRM.”
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