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I'm writing a job application and I have a problem with a sentence.

I want to say that I'm currently waiting for my final grade, that my job contract is ending in August and that I need a new job then

Momentan warte ich auf die Benotung meiner Masterarbeit und suche zu meinem Vertragsende in August nach einer neuen Tätigkeit...

or is it better to write:

...ab meinem Vertragende....

or

...nach meinem Vertragsende...

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… suche zu meinem Vertragsende …

The preposition zu is correct here. The phrase zu einem gewissen Zeitpunkt is used to say that something that you are looking for starts at a certain point in time, in your example, when the contract ends.

… suche ab / nach meinem Vertragsende …

The prepositions ab and nach are actually not correct here. This phrase does not mean that you are (currently) looking for something that starts when the contract ends, but that the search itself starts when the contract ends. You can see this more easily by changing the word order:

Ich suche nach meinem Vertragsende nach irgendwas …
→ When will you look for something? When the contract ends.

Therefore, except for the preposition in, which should be im, your sentence is correct:

Momentan warte ich auf die Benotung meiner Masterarbeit und suche zu meinem Vertragsende inim August nach einer neuen Tätigkeit …

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    Just wanted to write an answer to say just that. You were faster. ;) – Olafant Jun 15 at 13:01
  • This phrase does not mean that you are (currently) looking for something that starts with the end of the contract, but that the search itself starts when the contract ends. This is exactly what bothered me. – JK31 Jun 15 at 13:02
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Try this website: https://www.thegermanz.com/zu-nach-in-most-efficient-preposition-german/.
I think you will find it very useful.

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