My friend has recently finished her PhD, and is now looking for a job, probably outside of academia. In the mean while, she is planning to apply for a temporary, simple admin job to make ends meet while she looks for a better job. Since the admin job does not require a PhD (or even a Bachelor's degree), she is planning to omit her PhD from her resume. However, doing that will result in a gap in her resume. Hence, she plans to write that she has 4 years of working experience, working as researcher in a laboratory (nothing to indicate that she has a PhD). My question is: is this ethical? Can you "convert" a PhD education to work experience in your resume?
I would say it's perfectly reasonable to omit some information. I looked through hundreds of resumes and conducted dozens of interviews. Every person has a diverse set of interests and experiences and you need to mention only the relevant ones. I would say it is even helpful. To exaggerate, if you try to work as a software engineer, you don't need to mention the student summer job as a boy scout leader. As of the Ph.D. - the goal is to teach you to make the research by practicing it. If she managed to finish the Ph.d., she is definitely published some works, so, she did do some research work successfully.
If she would say she has the Ph.D. when she's not, then it's another story and would be totally unethical. But in described case everything's totally fine.