If you look at the EMS sites, there are LOTS of openings... the requirements are just a bit higher than what you have I suspect.
I wouldn't apply to HEMS even if I did have the hours!
Be that as it may, if there has been one constant in my twelve or so years of peroosing the job boards, its that HEMS has AAAAAAALWAYS had TOOOOOOOOONS of openings posted,...always! Even during The Great Recession there was no slowdown in HEMS job posts!
,...so they don't count!
However, recently there does seem to be something going on. I mean (as I've mentioned in other threads) I myself (a less than thousand hour non-cfi) have found a dozen positions to apply for so far this year! Plus there has been a ton of cfi postings as well, five within this past week or so alone!
I can't recall a year thus far where there has been as many openings for low timers as this one. People do seem to be moving up, which means the people above them are going somewhere?
Anyway, it does finally seem as if a pilot shortage may be in the works (although this could just be a fluke and next year could go back to being as dull as usual) who knows?
Thing is, if the pilot shortage has arrived (as Lyn suggests) you wouldn't have known it at Heliexpo's job fair!
Well after fifteen and a half years they finally went from saying "the pilot shortage is coming", to "the pilot shortage is here!" Yep, 2018, year of the pilot shortage!
,...didn't seem that big a shortage though? In fact if you blinked, you'd of missed it,...me, I was out taking a wiz,...dammit!