First misunderstanding - that you need to get hired. You don't get hired. You interview and hire brokerages who will provide you with services you think you'll need for a price you're willing to pay - oh, you probably didn't know you paid to be able to work somewhere, did you. Hope you saved a lot. Then you pay for your business cards, lockboxes, lockbox keys, MLS subscription, join REALTOR associations and pay those dues. Ugh. A few grand and several months later, here you are - a bonafide real estate agent! Congrats. Now, where are you going to get your business from - they aren't walking in the door or calling you - unless you're doing something to generate them walking in the door or calling you. You see, many people have only had jobs, and they don't understand that working at the 7-11, where the store owner has already provided you with critical and strategical placement, signage, ads and name recognition will get people to walk in the door. How much do you think that store, those signs, ads, and name recognition cost? How long do you think it took to become a household name? LONG TIME - hope you can live on your savings for quite a while, and remember it is not free to work in real estate. Once you are paying for every pen and every copy, you'll start to know what I mean.
I haven't finished my first cup of coffee yet. So I am a grouch. But, the last few weeks have been a bit slow and I am working very hard - door knocking, calling my sphere, posting on this and other sites - answers, blogs, etc. I am getting calls, I am getting expressions of good will, I am getting rental listings, but I am not getting the real business that I need.... oh, sure I have a few things going on - should have a contract my Sunday on a listing; and an REO listing that should be hitting the market soon; a few buyers in the prequal phase and/or selling homes out of state before they can buy. It will pick up again soon. I am doing all the right things and the key is to trust the process. But, it is HARD, and you should know that.
Good training and support should help you - take the Sweathogs course (about $1k) right out of the gate, and then start in Buffini coaching ($400 a month). Sweathogs will teach you how to ask for business and get it quickly from where ever. Buffini will teach you how to lay the ground work and create a sales team from people that already love you.... and how to tend it like a garden and keep it gowing, flourishing - and to keep people calling you. Both skill sets are CRITICAL. Pay for the training, don't wait for the experience to give you the same knowledge, it takes too long and you will be in the poor house by then. As for brokerages, try Keller Williams if there's one in your area. Strong culture, good training, you don't pay much out of your pocket - most comes from a split - but it is a reasonable split and because of the structure, the things you will need 5 or 10 years from now will already be in place. You see, you need to choose a brokerage where you can stay long term - moving is complicated and expensive. True, you hire them, they don't hire you - so one would think it was easy... but you have to buy all new marketing stuff (signs, cards, etc.) and generally you must do it when you have NO pending business or you LOSE your contracts - ask what the separation policy is when interviewing brokerages.
Best of luck!