One topic that seems to be a hot button for many is the lack of communication between applicants and employers. Specifically, the communication (or lack there of) after an applicant submits a resume to an employer.
When applicants submit resumes one of three basic things happen: 1) nothing, 2) an automated receipt, 3) a call.
I won't give an automated receipt the time of day...it simply tells the applicant nothing other than their email works. Of course getting a call negates the premise of a black hole, so no need to discuss this either. What's left, let's discuss "nothing". (I feel like this is a Seinfeld pitch!)
Nothing happens for one of three main reasons: 1) the employer has identified an internal hire and is advertising the job to comply with policy, 2) the recruiter is inept, 3) the applicant is unqualified.
For the purposes of this discussion, 1) and 2) are self-explanatory and not largely responsible for the black hole...although one could argue 2)...but perhaps another time. I'd like to focus on 3) and the more likely culprit, the candidate is unqualified.
In the old days before the internet but after the invention of the fax, to find a job (outside of receiving a recruiter call or referral) one would read the Sunday papers, identify positions that reasonably met their qualifications, fill out a fax cover sheet, go to Kinko's and spend about 3 bucks per submission. I assure you for all this work and money one would have reasonable expectations that they qualify for the job they are applying. They have skin in the game.
The Internet changed everything. With a click, for free, applicants could apply to as many positions as they like regardless of qualifications. Although I would like to think they would only apply to one's they are qualified for, this is not always the case. Often times a candidate will apply for a position they know they are not qualified for as a means to get their resume in the door in the hopes the recruiter has the time to discard them for said position but identify them for something else they or other recruiters are working on.
In the end, it's the responsibility of the recruiter to ensure a good job description and the applicant to read it and apply only if qualified. If you don't get a call, take it as you're not right for the position. You could be qualified from a skill level but are too expensive or have to much/little experience with that skill. I can go on and on about the reasons why you may not get a call back.
Recruiters are in the business of making a living and time is not on their side. If they spent the time to contact the thousands of applicants that are unqualified they would not be able to make that living. Again, if you don't get a call, it's not personal, it's time, money and service for their client. Perhaps a hug is in order?