Tech candidates are hard to find. Recruiters and sourcers spend hours upon hours seeking top tech talent. I am going to show you a way to find tech talent that you probably haven’t heard of. My secret sourcing tip combines ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet.
This is how ProductHunt works. The site is divided into four categories:
After opening an account and creating a mini bio, users can submit their products to be featured on the site. Different products are featured each day. Users are then able to leave mini reviews by either voting up or down the products features (Think Reddit.) You can leave comments and also build collections of your favorite product in different categories. (To follow my RecruitingTools collection, click here.) Because of how ProductHunt is segmented, you can search for candidates in four ways.
The Magic Mix: ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet
#1. The User Field.
Let’s say I am looking for a Front-End, Web Developer. The first way is to do a user search combined with Twitter and Prophet. So in the search field, I enter a broad search. I am going to choose “Front End.”
You can see that my search found 52 Tech products, four Podcasts, and six Books. It has also found 116 “Featured” items. But I am looking for people so for recruiting and sourcing capabilities, I am going to click on “Users.” ProductHunt found over 2,000 users that have Front End in their bio. You will also see that their Twitter handles are connected.
Randomly, I chose to research IBM Front-End Dev.
From there I click on the Twitter logo to see their Twitter Profile.
You will see in this bio; there are four profiles listed. For this example, I picked @DamonDeaner by clicking on his Twitter handle in the bio description. From this, I can see that he is the Head of Front End Development Programs at IBM. But because I use Prophet, I can also see nine social profiles and can research him on LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. quickly and easily.
#2 Who are they following.
We can assume that they are following people that they relate to tech wise. So I looked at who IBM Front-End Dev is following. Again, we can assume that the people they are following are following have similar skills. Once you find them, follow the steps above.
#4 Who is following them?
They people who are following users have similar interests. It is safe to say that they have an interest in similar items. People who follow Front End developers are usually other Front End Developers.
#5 Collections / Featured Collections.
After doing the Front End search, look on the right-hand side of the page where you will see “Featured.” These featured collections contain items that users have gathered and put in folders related to our search (Front End.)
Once you see the items in the list, you can click again on the profiles of who put the collections together – who they follow, and who follows them.
If you see a product that is related to your search, see who is commenting. The people following this product are also developers.
Is this the easiest fastest way to search for candidates? No.
Are your competitors using ProductHunt? I doubt it.
That is why ProductHunt is an excellent way to find candidates. Stay tuned as we look for other secret ways to find top candidates.
Jackye is an acclaimed thought leader and inspirational speaker on recruiting and DEIB topics. She brings years of experience recruiting across a variety of industries including tech, HR, legal, and finance. In her role as VP of Talent Acquisition and DEIB, she leads all related work at Textio, provides critical expertise to customers, and serves as a leading voice in the products Textio creates for the broader ecosystem. Jackye has been named one of the 9 Powerful Women in Business You Should Know by SDHR Consulting, one of the 15 Women in HR Tech to Follow by VidCruiter, and is on the Top 100 list of Human Resources Influencers by Human Resource Executive Magazine.
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