3 Ways To Source Tech Candidates Without LinkedIn

3T_DkNBCTech 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.

The ProductHunt website was built for tech geeks looking to share or discover new products. Some are silly like the Dad Joke Bot and some get hardcore like the Data Scientist Workbench by IBM.

This is how ProductHunt works. The site is divided into four categories:

  • Tech
  • Games
  • Books
  • Podcasts

 

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

 

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.”

 

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

 

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.

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

 

From there I click on the Twitter logo to see their Twitter Profile.

 

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

 

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.

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

#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.

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

 

#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.)

 

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

 

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.

#6 Comments

If you see a product that is related to your search, see who is commenting. The people following this product are also developers.

ProductHunt, Twitter, and Prophet

 

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.

Click here to go to ProductHunt Website.

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About the Author: Jackye Clayton is recognized as a people expert who puts the Human in Human Resources. An international trainer, she has travelled worldwide sharing her unique gifts in sourcing, recruiting and coaching. She offers various dynamic presentations on numerous topics related to leadership development, inclusionary culture development, team building and more.Her in-depth experience in working with top Fortune and Inc 500 clients and their employees has allowed her to create customized programs to coach, train and recruit top talent and inspire others to greatness. Follow Jackye on Twitter @JackyeClayton or connect with her on LinkedIn.


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