• Jiri Herodek

My favorite sourcing tools for tech recruiters

there are multiple tools that we use for sourcing and recruitment. The question is how should you orient in them? Tools come and disappear. That’s the biggest problem. If you are interested in this topic you can find some comprehensive lists like that from Dean Da Costa that you can find here. You can also check out the list from Irina Shamaeva. Below you can find some of my favorite sourcing tools with a short description.:


I really love IntelligenceX. Needless to say, you can search on various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin (It’s not visible on the screenshot). I like that interface for Alternative Facebook Graph Search. It’s intuitive. As you know the graph search has been deactivated so it’s not working anymore. This tool is a shortcut but of course, nobody can guarantee that it will be working also in the future. You can use it for sourcing people in specific locations. I recommend this article from Balazs Paroczay where he is writing about sourcing on Facebook. I can guarantee that you will love IntelligenceX because it will save you a lot of time.

When it comes to OSINT searchers you can take a look at bookmarks from Osintcombine. They will provide you a few different sources of information for your searches. You can use like geo-mapping, personas creating tools, and many more. I always try to combine various OSINT search tools. On the screenshot below you can have an overview of various reporting tools like live monitoring, area assessment tools, etc.

Github Sourcing Tools

Github is a recruiter’s hidden gem. You have a couple of tools that will make your sourcing on Github easier. My favorite tools for Github are:

1) Octohunt is a separate website providing 2 simple windows like programming language + location. This website also displays if the candidate is hireable or not and that’s all. You are not able to filter through results but if you want to have an overview about the local market its the place to go.

2) OctoHR is a chrome extension that helps recruiters reveal more information about candidates. The extension will find you email addresses if the candidate is hireable or not and you can use also various filters.

There are multiple ways how to find anyone’s email addresses on Github. Many recruiters use that trick with “.patch”. There are some other ways how to find email addresses on Github. I use these 2 Chrome Extensions EmailOnGithub and GithubEmail. Both Extensions are for free but you have to log in to your Github account.

In EmailOnGithub Extension you don’t need to click at any button. You see the candidate’s email address under the photo and username. Be also aware that there is is a limit of 30 emails per hour which should be enough.

For GithubEmail, you have to click at the extension in the browser and fill in the username as you can see on the screenshot below.

What is cool that you don’t have to be on the Github page to see the candidate’s email address. You can be on Linkedin and if you find out that a candidate who uses Github and you know his/her username you can find his/her email address.

If you want to have a tool that will help you find email addresses anywhere you should check out Rocketreach OR Swordfish. Both of them are working almost on any website + social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Stackoverflow, Dribble, etc.


Bookmarklets are pieces of the code that you can save in your browser and they execute actions like searching for whatever you want. You can find a manual about how to install bookmarklets here. It’s very useful for sourcing on other social networks like Meetup.com etc. I use bookmarklets from Andre Bradshaw who is a genius. Check out his Github for his work or you can support his work here. You should definitely check out these 2 — Github sourcing tools and Meetup member scraper There is also a bookmarklet for scraping projects from LIN Recruiter.


Andre Bradshaw is the author of Quickli chrome extension. There is a free version with limited features working on Linkedin.com. There is another version that I use in LIR which is more complexed.

The major difference is in extra features like finding people with the same job title, information about companies, print/save profiles, etc. Feel free to watch the video about all features. Again it’s great to combine both extensions to reach the best possible results. I would say that Swordfish is a little bit better in terms of the data that they cover. There are also plenty of other tools that have similar features. Jan Tegze wrote a great article where he compares various email finding tools. You should be also aware of potential security risks since some of the email finding tools might have access to your private data.

What other tools do you use? I am curious to hear your thoughts😉

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