A fellow tech recruiter from Australia just asked me: "Just wanted your opinion on whether you thought GitHub is a good tool for finding devs still?"
There was no better time for him to ask than NOW!
Because for the last 2-3 weeks, a colleague of mine and I have been using GitHub to look for very senior software developers for one of our clients.
We found dozens of outstanding candidates, open-source contributors, and two of them are now in the latest stage (Offer negotiation).
Back to your question... "is GitHub a good tool for finding devs?"
Well, it's not ideal BUT it works.
"Is it easy to use?" ... not really.
"Can a recruiter learn how to use it?" ... of course!
A real-world example: One of my colleagues learned how to source on GitHub in a video course that I've created and published here - Sourcing Technical Candidates On GitHub.
See, I onboard my colleagues with the same materials that other international agencies have used and paid for.
I use the same materials during the Tech Recruitment Program (which starts on Monday, May 3rd) or the intermediate deep-dive sessions (on May 21st).
So, YES, you can use GitHub. And here are my three tips: