I am writing an e-mail (in German) enquiring about job vacancies in some company and I am having difficulty picking an appropriate subject (Betreff) for the e-mail.

I would like to put something equivalent to job enquiry, and the best translations that I came up with are Stellenanfrage and Jobanfrage. However, I am not sure if these words are a correct (or the best) choice.

Are the above suggestions in the spirit of the German language, and are they appropriate translations of job enquiry?

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    I think Stellenanfrage sounds way better than Jobanfrage. While “job” is heavily-used, I find it rather misplaced in a compound with -anfrage, where Stelle is perfectly valid. You also use Stellenausschreibung and never Jobausschreibung.
    – dakab
    Jan 24, 2017 at 15:21

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Both words are correct, but I think not the best choice.

Jobanfrage A job is a colloquial German word for a job. I would not use it in an job enquiry unless it is a easygoing company and you are well known. And even then, I would not use it. A job enquiry is a serious thing and then you should show, that you take the job serious.

Instead of Stellenanfrage (ask for a job) I would use the expression Bewerbung (job application).

I recommend to make a google search for Bewerbung email. Some interesting hits:

Some recommendations:

  • Don't use only Bewerbung in the subject. Tell what job you want and what you are (student, ...)
  • If you answer on a job advertisement, repeat the title of the job advertisement. Mention the reference number if there is one.
  • If possible, address a person in the company (No Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren but Sehr geehrte Frau X X should be the boss of the departement where you want to work or a responsible person of the Human Resources Department)

Good luck for your search.

  • Many thanks for your useful answer. The email is not actually an application, as there are no open advertisements at the moment. I would really just like to say that I would love to work there, if my qualifications meet their needs/standards and also in case they plan to hire more staff in near future. So it is really just an enquiry, an informational email outside any official job advertisement/offer.
    – Zvonimir
    Apr 23, 2016 at 16:51
  • According to this site karrierebibel.de/blindbewerbung (in particular, the template karrierebibel.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/…) on the so called "Blindbewerbungen", the word Bewerbung is to be used.
    – Zvonimir
    Apr 23, 2016 at 17:03
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    Yes, also in a Blindbewerbung you should use the statement Bewerbung. If there is no special job, you offer yoursels, e.g. like Bewerbung als Softwareentwickler mit Schwerpunkt C++. With Bewerbung you tell what you want and the rest tells what you offer the employer.
    – knut
    Apr 23, 2016 at 18:35
  • That is precisely what I did. Thank you very much indeed for all the help and useful advice.
    – Zvonimir
    Apr 23, 2016 at 19:12

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