I've been fired after 5+ years at a software engineering job in the UK. My previous employer can give me a basic reference.

What are my options:- How do I explain I was sacked to agencies. How do I explain I was sacked in interviews. Any other advice?

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    For what reason? – Mister Positive Sep 11 '17 at 14:19
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    This is a very common question here, typically with the word "fired" rather than "sacked" but I believe you'll find the existing advice useful. Good luck and I hope you find another position quickly. – Kate Gregory Sep 11 '17 at 14:19
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    Were you actually fired or just laid off? It makes a difference to future employers. Being laid off is not your fault. – Steve-O Sep 11 '17 at 14:21
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    I would caution against marking the question as duplicate because this is about the UK and the other question appears to be US-based. – rath Sep 11 '17 at 14:38
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    @PeteCon - Nope. My South-East England interpretation of "sacked" is "fired". – AndyT Sep 12 '17 at 9:35

How do I explain I was sacked in interviews. Any other advice?

Tell the truth when asked about it. Do not embellish with tons of details, stick to the script of "I am looking forward to the next opportunity, and grateful for what I learned from my previous employer".

Also, very little comes from speaking bad about your previous employer. Refrain from doing that in your future interviews. Keep all of your conversations as positive as possible.

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