Q: Do you have any recommendations for skill sites to find LAMP, PHP and Python developers? I found a few but nothing great.
A: You will increase your possibilities greatly if you realize that you are basically talking about open source developers (what you mentioned are some of their primary tools/platforms – Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python). The ones who are skilled in this arena don’t need to promote themselves much (open source is hot, though don’t count Microsoft out yet 😉 so they don’t have to post resumes, and if they do, may not include the obvious programmatic keywords in their online footprint to minimize communication overload ("Funny, you are the 35th recruiter to call me today!").
I’m not saying you shouldn’t do standard resume/CV search strings, but there are other options if that doesn’t turn up enough of what you need. Your question was a bit vague – LAMP/PHP/Python developers are plentiful – so by skill sites, I assume you mean places that will let you search by number of years of a particular programming skill? I don’t know any free sites that offer that in the aggregate (an example of a big tech job board with this option is Dice, but requires a paid login). I imagine you have some other job requirements that would narrow the field (e.g, by industry vertical expertise, geography, etc.) which would help narrow your search string criteria.
In any case, here are my top 10 most fruitful categories of sources that will lead you to open source candidates (I’m open to suggestions of others that have worked for my blog readers – I’ll dig up a prize for the best one), not necessarily in this order:
1) Niche industry news portals: like OnLamp where you can find out about open source development projects. You can find other such sites simply by adding the word "portal" to a keyword/phrase string (e.g., python portal) on any major search engine.
2) Speaker/panelist lists: Find them from open source developer conferences (e.g., this was last week). They may be over-qualified, but querying their names on search engines will lead you to like people.
3) Blogs: On that note, also check out their blogs, because their blogrolls will link to other qualified folks and their posts will talk about interesting projects/people (e.g., look at this post – and don’t forget that the people who post reply comments are potential candidates!)
4) Certifications: search on some of the unique open source certification acronyms (can add it as keyword to resume/CV queries, too) like CMDEV for MySQL developers.
5) Training: On a related note, you could ping companies that offer such cert training to see if they’d promote your opportunities to their alumni (maybe this) or request their list to reach out yourself (you never know if you don’t ask!).
6) Discussion lists/forums: This is a goldmine for (READ THE REST HERE)