For the regionals the heartbeat criteria is still most likely the only requirement. I don't know any mainline dispatchers on furlough who would even think about starting all over at a regional making poverty wages while they wait to be recalled. Just doesn't make any sense, especially when almost any other job outside of aviation pays more. Even unemployment pays way more. The few dispatchers I know who were at ExpressJet and Compass have left the industry with no intentions on coming back. Just not worth it for them.But what are the competitive minimums to get an interview?
A while ago it was have a heartbeat and a certificate and you'll get on somewhere guaranteed.
If anything the state of the industry may further lower the bar to get on at a regional. Regionals could end up being career destinations for the majority of dispatchers if the recovery is as bad as some fear it will be. Not a very appealing career choice for most people.