The world wide web is a fantastic place of endless resources that you as a sourcer can use. Github, StackOverflow, Hacker News, AngelList are popular places to find people, and we often read about them in blogs. But what about CodePen?
Let’s start with the basics:
When you open CodePen the very first thing you will notice is how visual it is. You’ll be shown the site’s most popular Pens (explained here), but can also filter on Picked, Popular and Recent.
If you look at user profiles, you will see their Pens, Projects, and Collections.
You can also sort what they’ve showcased and on their most popular projects.
Additionally, in the top right corner, you’ll see links to accounts that they’ve added to their profile (LinkedIn, Twitter, Website) and some have even added a Hire Me button. Yup, when you click on that, you will be able to send them a message via CodePen. How cool and easy is that?
On the top left corner, you will also see a user’s Followers and Followings, and you have the option to follow them yourself.
Here is where it gets interesting: Developers (or replace that with any other profession in tech) are like a wolf pack. The chances are high that they will follow and receive followers who are interested in their same field.
After looking at a profile, you might also want to check out a project itself. Clicking on a pen will open a page that shows the pen and the code used to create it.
CodePens search function is not created to serve the Sourcer’s need. It’s horrible and doesn’t give you the results that you want.
Searching for “Netherlands” (I am looking for people who have that location in their profile), will give me this:
So, if nothing works why are you showing me this?
Because I do think CodePen is a great platform to find people, it just takes a bit more creativity, and it probably takes a bit more digging. On the other hand, when you find someone that you think is great, you will have their work to refer to which is great to use in your outreaches.
Other ways to search for developers on CodePen:
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- site:CodePen.io “followers” “pens” “projects” -inurl:followers “hire me” (“belgium” | “Germany” | “Netherlands”)
- site:CodePen.io “followers” “pens” “projects” “hire me” -inurl:pens (“New York” | “NY”)
Just play around with the search string (add or remove the hire me or change the inurl parameter) to see what gets you the most results.
Search on Twitter:
Guess what, people love sharing what they created. And what better place to do this than Twitter:
- A simple search for CodePen.io on Twitter will also give you some nice results.
- Next, to that, there are some awesome CodePen related hashtags that you might want to follow, like #CodePenChallenge
Or what about accounts (and their followers) that share popular projects:
Communities in your neighborhood:
Search on Facebook for the followers in their community:
Try using Shane McCusker’s fantastic Chrome Extension to get yourself a list of 22.000+ likers of that page.
Find people who participate in the CodePen Challenges:
Even if you are not looking to hire front-end devs or designers, these challenges are so worth checking out.
There are so many different ways to source via platforms like CodePen, and I’d love to hear more about how other sourcers use platforms like this to find talent.