What’s included in the essential talent acquisition tech stack?

Many employers consider applicant tracking systems the definitive recruitment software, but a well-designed talent acquisition tech stack encompasses much more than just ATS. Some of the essential solutions for improving hiring efficiency, enhancing candidate experiences and driving data-informed decisions include the following:

Applicant tracking system

An ATS acts as a digital hub that centralizes and streamlines all recruitment activities, making it easier for hiring teams to collaborate and make informed decisions. It’s designed to handle tasks, such as posting job openings, collecting and parsing resumes, scheduling interviews, and tracking candidate communication.

Candidate relationship management (CRM)

The primary purpose of a CRM system is to build and maintain a talent pipeline, engage with passive candidates and personalize communications. This proactive approach helps recruiters foster relationships with potential candidates throughout the hiring process, even before they officially apply for a job.


Onboarding systems automate administrative tasks, such as new hire paperwork and training scheduling, to smoothly integrate employees into an organization. This time-saving technology fosters positive first impressions, which can lead to improved retention rates, employee engagement and productivity.


These solutions verify the accuracy and integrity of employee information while helping support risk management and compliance with applicable laws. Features include background screening, document and I-9 verification, automated workflows, audit trails and reporting capabilities.

For more on what to look for in talent acquisition software and how to evaluate providers, download our talent acquisition essentials guidebook.

ADP Editorial Team

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