I was laid off from a job, but my performance was good and I have a good reference. I then took a similar job, where my boss did not like me and did not support me in learning new things needed for the job. I worked really hard and met the deadlines, but my boss let me go after 5 months.
I have a family to support and I am not that young to start over. I cannot tell prospective employers that I was let go from two successive jobs because then I may never get another job. I want to be honest but I'm sure that if do that, I'm doomed. I have had a very solid background before this happened, but I don't think anyone would care about that now.
Can I say that I left the first job and lost the second job? Or should I just say I was not working since I lost the first job, making no mention of the second job?