I never had any problem to find a new job, but lately, unfortunately, I do.
I worked for my last company 6 months, I was laid off during the trial period. The company told me that my position was too expensive, and they need to cut it. They offered me to voluntary resign (to save other costs), and to tell the colleagues that was 100% my fault, in exchange for a good reference letter and a good feedback if someone was calling the company. I did not accept the "offer", and I said the truth, so I was laid off and I was threatened that they will tell negative things about me.
Since then I had 4-5 interviews that arrived at the final step. Those hiring managers did not believe that I was laid off and they told me they would have checked my reference with my last company. The result has been the same: I have been rejected from all those companies at the last step.
A lawyer told me there is nothing to do, it is my word against them. I am thinking to leave my last job out, but I do not know how to cover a hole of 9 months on the resume. Traveling around the world?