In 2020, I started a job on a "Contract to Hire" basis, and I really enjoyed working there. Unfortunately, due to Covid, they paused hiring just as my 3-month contract was ending, so I couldn't become a permanent employee.
This week, a recruiter called, and it turns out they're hiring again. I have my former manager's contact. Is it okay to reach out to him directly? I'd love to return, but I'm unsure if reaching out this way is appropriate.