As any experienced headhunter can attest, the best coders are usually the most passionate about their profession. These are the folks who keep their heads down and get things done. They don’t do it for a paycheck, they work because of their unconditional love for coding. So the next time you want to source one of these big dogs for a client, a prudent strategy might be to search GitHub.

This begs the question, how does one find hard working, project oriented developers? GitHub is cool and all, what with being the world’s largest repository of independent developers, but trying to manually search GitHub repos is pretty tedious, right?

Fear not, as all of that primo talent could just be a search away.

Take the Easy Street and Search Github With Grep.App

Luckily, you don’t have to deal with the headaches of glaring at endless lines of code. By using you can select the programming language and skills you’re looking for along with some relevant keywords. Near instantly, the tool will present a massive list of repositories that match your requirements. Now you can effectively search GitHub and find those elusive code hoarders.

From there, it’s only a matter of finding the most active and promising devs. Once you’ve got your list ready, you can easily use a GitHub email finder to extract their addresses and start some conversations. supports regular expressions as well, which are those nifty advanced search functions we all love so much. As boring as they may sound, regular expressions can supercharge your hunting by letting you utilize sophisticated search patterns.

To read up on regular expressions and how to take full advantage of them, GitHub has you covered.

One thing to note, if you already have a developer in mind this is also a great place to look up their coding history. Any developer, independent or otherwise, should have at least a morsel of code on GitHub. Check out what people have to say about their code. The proof is in the pudding, and code never lies!

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For a deep-dive into snagging talent from GitHub, head over to Sourcing School for our episode guest-starring Jonathan Kidder, AKA the “Wizard Sourcer.” You can listen to the discussion here.

Dean Da Costa loves search tools more than some people love their families. His tools are vital to success in this ever-expanding sourcing universe. See his talent in action this February 24th

Noel Cocca

CEO/Founder RecruitingDaily and avid skier, coach and avid father of two trying to keep up with my altruistic wife. Producing at the sweet spot talent acquisition to create great content for the living breathing human beings in recruiting and hiring. I try to ease the biggest to smallest problems from start-ups to enterprise. Founder of RecruitingDaily and our merry band of rabble-rousers.

Dean Da Costa

Dean Da Costa is a highly experienced and decorated staffing professional, recruiter, sourcer and manager, who also boasts outstanding experience and skills in Human Resources, Project Management, Training, and Process Improvement. He is best known for his work in the highly difficult security and mobile arena's, and the gold star winning numbers he produced. His keen insight and creation of ground breaking tools and processes, to enhance and change staffing as we know it, have proven he is a true "Staffing Thought Leader". Despite all this he remains first and foremost one of the top sourcers, staffing managers and full cycle recruiters in the industry and a true "Search Authority"