I started working at an M&A boutique 4 months ago and just got fired a couple of weeks ago in the middle of my probation period. They told me "yeah we are looking for people who are likely to stay here 20 years, we are a small team, the fit is not entirely right but don't worry we will give you a good reference" (the hidden reason might be that they have not done any deal recently and want to cut the costs).
I did very good internships at far better firms previously, including this summer but struggled to find a full time, started working at this company and got fired after 4 months.
I was in shock, told them "I have done nothing wrong, you are putting me in a very bad position, can I still pretend to be at your firm while applying for other positions?"
They answered "yes or you can pretend it was just an internship"
I started applying immediately everywhere, contacted headhunters etc. with putting my position at this company as "Present/Current". I met headhunters and told them I was still working there.
Now my CV is under review and I have interviews coming with solid / respectable firms.
I really do not know what to do, shall I say at one point that I was fired (because they are cutting costs, because I was get caught while applying)? That I quit? That it is a temporary contract?
Or shall I keep lying and hope: my former employer will keep their promise and help me to lie about my dates (not sure I can totally trust them...). Call my former employer, ask them to lie, pretend I am doing a background and check to see what they say?
Twist the background check (say it was "current" when I apply but left a couple of days after)?
Or hope that because the background check company is often a third party I can replace the "current" by the end date I want when doing the background check?
Pay a company for fake reference?
I guess killing myself is not an option so please help me! What is the best option???