Are you looking to making a comeback to your industry after a break?

Are you nervous and not confident about getting opportunities you want?

Do you feel lost and/or confused?

Are you feeling guilty or regretting the break because you have lost connection with the industry?

Do you wonder if you are even good enough?

If you answered ‘yes’ to more than 1 of the above questions, let me be the angel of good news for you.

The best time to make a comeback is right now. The budgets for the next financial year are being frozen, and new positions would have been identified. Performance appraisals are starting and that’s where the movement of people happens in the industry. Recruiters are back-filling positions and identifying new roles they want people for.

You need to be ready to take full advantage of this period. Yes, the market is extremely competitive and the economy’s not too great. But companies still need good talent, and you need to be the one getting the attention. The question is how?

  • First and foremost, stop feeling sorry for the gap and accept it in your own mind first.
  • Be honest about the reasons—maternity, child care, parent care, education or even if it was just a break. It is okay to take a break. Your honesty is what will get you the credit points. Don’t over-explain your gap.
  • Make sure you are updated about the latest industry trends.
  • Make sure you have sound evidence of how you have used your break time to stay connected to the industry, whether through a course/certification or anything else.
  • You need to be clear on what you bring on the table and how can you contribute. Organisations look for talent and how you present yourself and your potential is what will matter. Let your work experience and your abilities be a highlight in your presentation/profile. Be clear about your strengths.
  • Be active and be seen – on LinkedIn, at professional events, meet-ups, and at all relevant professional platforms, online or offline.
  • Expand your network. Start connecting with new people and former colleagues who could help. 
  • Create a group of friends and professionals who uplift and empower you. Avoid toxic people or environments.
  • Look out for companies that have policies of hiring those who want to make a comeback, and start applying.
  • Get yourself a coach to help identify that ‘one thing’ that may be missing from the 100 other things you may already be doing, thereby accelerating your journey to success.

There are many possibilities out there. All you need is to be hopeful and prepared to put in the effort. Do whatever it takes to build a positive ‘comeback mindset’. There is nothing that can stop you, except for your own mindset.


  • Reetu Verma

    Transformational EI Coach | Author | Strategic HR Leader | People Expert

    I am a Senior HR professional with an accomplished corporate career of 23 years as a Strategic HR Business Partner, with an expertise in understanding the business and translating it into people strategies to achieve business goals through people. From setting up HR function in a new setup, to manage and improvise HR processes, to being a strategic HR business partner to business, the journey has given me a vast exposure from people, HR, general management & strategic leadership perspective. I have always been passionate about creating an environment in an organization that helps unlocking potential and enables people to feel motivated about what they do at work and be committed to overall business performance and organizational growth. And hence coaching has always been a part of my role. The organizations that I have worked for include, Prometric, Headstrong (now called Headstrong Genpact), Nortel Networks, SSP Worldwide, Xebia Architects & British Council. I am a certified Master Behavioural & EI Coach from World HR Board; a member of Arfeen Khan’s Coach Community as well. Have travelled across the globe and have influenced more than 20000 lives through various initiatives at the professional, personal and social front. Currently, I am a founder of Get Sorted™ & as a life transformation coach, I help people discover a more sorted version of themselves at thought and emotional level and experience life in its most uncomplicated way.