Sourcing Developers On GitHub In A Certain Location

Michal Juhas on Nov 19, 2019

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…

GitHub search: list several top locations

Next, I copy-paste this to the search bar…

GitHub search: add all locations 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…

GitHub search: URL generator that can help you source more developers

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