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For the past 11 years, I have held 5 jobs at big, established firms which are well-known in the industry. I made a mistake in joining the last company, for a job which was not entirely suitable for me. My performance was not up to expectation, and the manager was too impatient with results to provide require training, and hence asked me to leave after 5 months at the job.

I don't know how to explain the last job to potential employers at job interviews. This company is surviving well despite the current economic condition, and is not laying off people. I am keen to say that I have been taking a long break for a few months to take care of my children, but the voluntary disclosure that I am married with two children put me at a serious disadvantage too. I am not likely to get any excellent reference from the last company, so what should I do or say to encourage potential employers to give me a chance ?

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