I was recently fired from my job. I continued to remain in the city for the next two months in order to search for new jobs and perhaps a tiny bit afraid to go back to my hometown and tell my parents that I had been laid off.
One day, at a networking event, I happened to run into a senior colleague who expressed his surprise at seeing me there as this was an industry networking event. I assured him that on me getting the invitation (these invitations are usually sent to people currently working in the industry) I had mentioned to the organizers that I am no longer working there and they had invited me nevertheless as I used to be a regular during my three years in the city. My colleague was not convinced.
The next day, I learned that the company had gone out of their way to let every such organization know that I had been fired and that I do not have connections to the industry anymore, including a call to my aged mother and father, who are now very disappointed in me. Another colleague also gave me a call and "advised" me to go back to my hometown.
How do I now find my way back and build a career in this industry?