I know some people don't put their resumes online on job-seeking services because they think it will cost them their job. How can I keep it confidential? Do I use a fake name? How do I list my experience? It is possible a corporate recruiter will come across it because my skill set is an exact match for my current company?
These days it is common and often expected to have an extensive LinkedIn profile with many connections.
No one that I know has ever been "in trouble" because their LinkedIn profile is online. There was one news story earlier this year where someone was supposedly fired because of their LinkedIn presence. However, it turns out that in this particular case, the individual had made critical statements about his employer (and that was the real problem).
The other sites such as Monster, Dice, and CareerBuilder are mostly vehicles for annoying recruiters and it is not worth it to make your information searchable on these sites. Instead just use them and "Indeed" to perform your own searches (if you can tolerate the noise level).
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I would suspect the concern of retaliation has a lot to do with your particular circumstances. As a tech worker, I've had very little fear of this, and have posted my resume online numerous times in numerous channels. I've even talked to management I trusted about previous and even current job searches - because what I learn when searching can make the company I work for better.
Different industries, and different locations and different corporate cultures all play a factor here.
Things to consider regardless of industry:
For the last several jobs, I've taken the tactic of 'never taking it offline'. I've never had a nasty employer, but so far it's done me no harm that I can see (I left JOB[-2] under good circumstances and JOB[-1] let me go during a downsize where several remote employees got the ax).
I don't personally use the Monster/Dice/etc sites, but my LinkedIn profile has been online across my last 3 or so jobs. Similarly, my CV is up on my website and on Careers.Stackoverflow.com.
I try to keep them up to date (I'm kind of bad at that), but by keeping them up and visible, your employer should have no cause to think you are doing anything odd.
Assuming that you have a need to keep it hidden, because you are new to the contract/company, or you are afraid of possible repercussions, the best approach would be to start slowly.
Don't use a fake name. It will be harder to explain to a potential employer that your name on the resume is fake.
Are you even sure your company uses that site. There are a lot of sites, nobody uses them all. You could ask HR which sites they use. Tell them it is for your brother.
Ultimately you are taking a risk, but you might not have a choice.
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