We get it, you’re swamped.  Finding technical talent has become increasingly challenging and competitive. Everyone relies on the same handful of websites and search tools to chase after the same candidates with the same keywords.

But don’t forget, there’s still the necessity of screening candidates with the specific technological experience required for the position.

Sourcing passive candidates poses a significant challenge in accurately assessing their true proficiency in a precise tech skill. Developers often include the latest technologies on their resume or LinkedIn profile, regardless of whether they possess actual experience or have merely experimented with them.

Validating this can be straightforward in some cases, but often it is not. The relevance of specific skills in their current job can vary. Unless you have a deep understanding of their company’s tech stack (or sit in the adjacent cubical), it is impossible to know for sure.

You can filter for candidates working at top tech companies, but there are a few challenges:

  • Convincing them to leave will be an uphill battle.
  • Intense competition among recruiters for these candidates.
  • You still don’t know their true proficiency with a specific tech skill.

Imagine this: you’re relaxed, no longer swamped. You’re relying on tech companies to facilitate your sourcing.

You can sit back and read Tim Ferriss’ “The 4-Hour Workweek,” at ease in the knowledge that you’re implementing his recommendations. You’re outsourcing the task of screening tech credentials to the tech communities.


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Tap into the expertise of the GitHub and Stack Overflow communities to aid your candidate sourcing. Say goodbye to conventional social media platforms that rely on superficial “you follow me, I follow you” dynamics. Both GitHub and Stack Overflow rely on utilitarian feedback and ratings from the community. GitHub users can star repositories (repos) they find valuable. This provides recruiters a valuable opportunity to identify the most esteemed members of the developer community.

GitHub allows you to sort repositories by popularity based on technology. Looking for the user with the highest stars for their Python repos? Easy search.

However, there’s a limitation: you can’t sort by location. You’ll have to navigate through candidate profiles to find user information. Unfortunately, individual profiles on GitHub often lack important details like location, social media links, name, and personal email. You might manage to find someone in your desired location, but it’s highly likely that their profile will lack vital information. Yes, you’ll get a list of the highest-starred repos, but your search overlooks highly productive candidates with considerable repos with none highly ranked.

Comparatively, Stack Overflow offers more of a user-friendly experience, listing top contributors and allowing technology-specific searches. Medals and points are awarded for major tech skills. The downside? User information on Stack Overflow’s profiles is even more scarce than GitHub’s. Unlike GitHub, Stack Overflow profiles only display usernames. Tracking down a candidate becomes nearly impossible.

Now what?

Do not pass go, do not collect $200. You’ll have to start your search again.

Imagine the convenience of sorting users by the most stars per technology, rather than solely relying on repos. Imagine the ability to search for top tech professionals with skill-specific expertise by locations and have access to comprehensive profiles featuring work history, social media, and personal contact details.

DeveloperDB has ranked all available active members of GitHub and Stack Overflow and gives you the power to filter your content precisely to your desires.

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