I'm not sure what you mean by "open source recruiting tool." Maybe it's this:
If I were you, I would put up a home page for your framework and create at least one example site, or at least get it going. Don't forget the Twitter account. Set up a GitTip.com
account to solicit recurring donations, maybe even use their bountysource.com
to ask for help if you gain enough donations to spare some cash.
If that will take you a while, put up a beta launch page in place of an official home page. You could use something like launchrock.com
to set up a beta launch page. Here's an example page of their service: http://betterresearch.launchrock.com
, but you can use a custom domain. Invite developer's to check it out, contribute, and sign up for the beta launch if they want to be an early adopter, but not contribute yet.
is VC funded, but it's probably in another league.
I think these actions will establish a presence so that when you ask people to check it out, they know there's a serious effort behind the project.
If you can't get funding/employment for the project itself, then if you have a solid example site, you can aim for employment in creating more sites with your framework. You become the expert on the framework, and when you can't handle the demand for more sites, you hire other's to build those sites while you act as a senior developer/consultant. You can then work on further documentation and scoring more ambitious projects with the framework to grow the community, while you build your own leading consulting agency on the framework. Basically, my approach is pretty much how the Ruby on Rails community grew with DHH and 37signals.
I hope this helps for some inspiration and doesn't come off like I'm stating the obvious. I know it's easy to forget about avenues and tools when you're getting your hands dirty in development.