Was GitHub made to be an easy-to-use sourcing tool for non-tech-savvy recruiters?
Certainly not ⛔️
But… Can recruiters use GitHub to source software developers?
Yes, of course ✅
You can find on GitHub developers who don’t even have any LinkedIn profile.
GitHub doesn’t make it easy though. For example, the location is a plain text field. Anyone can type anything. Say, a city, a country, a combination of both, a country code, … it gets quite messy!
This is what works for me when I’m sourcing developers. I compose a shortlist of:
The major cities
Country name in local language and in English
ISO country code
Then, I type “location:” in front of each of them. See on this slide…
Next, I copy-paste this to the search bar…
And I get in results all developers who live in those locations. Next, I need to split results into smaller chunks based on the number of developers’ repositories and followers.
To make this easier, I’ve created a spreadsheet that takes a few parameters and composes a URL that you can open in your browser.
You can copy this sample spreadsheet on Google Drive. This is what it looks like…