A few months ago, I was contacted by a recruiter for a position. I was interviewed and hired within three weeks. My start date is currently a month and a half away, after my graduation date.
Yesterday, I was contacted by the same recruiter (I assume by mass email) for a very similar position for which I'm also qualified, but for about 50% more money. It appears that the positions are in the same department.
Given the previous timeframe, I could probably be hired before my current start date. Do I risk anything by applying to the position, or should I contact my current manager about the opening and see if there is a possibility of me moving into the newly open position? Would it be appropriate to contact the recruiter directly?