I recommend leaving the "objective" off the resume, and saving it for your cover letter. Use the limited space in your resume to summarize your experience and qualities in two or three short paragraphs, then follow the general reverse-chronological format for experience, education and skills. I also concur with Mary Aho, about simply stating your name and the job title at the top of your resume. I can't say this is the right way for everyone, but it's worked well for me.
The cover letter is your opportunity to explain why they should bother looking at your resume. Your cover letter can be more conversational in tone than your resume, but avoid inappropriate informality, txt-speak, etc. Use a spell checker and have an English-savvy person read through it before sending.
My cover letter goes more or less like this:
Please consider my resume for (job opening). I have (years of experience or educational qualification) as a (job title).
My recent work experience includes (highlights of your history relevant to the type of business, paraphrased to match the requirements from the ad).
(Related experience, relevant but not necessarily specific to requirements).
My goal is to add value to your company by delivering (your work products) that ensure your customers' success. I'm mature and dependable (or whatever other positive EEOC-appropriate descriptors you can honestly use), with a strong work ethic and a dedication to customer satisfaction.
I currently live in (where I live), but am willing to relocate for the right opportunity (only include this if it's true). I'd like to talk with you further about the position, and show you how I can contribute to your success. (work samples, if applicable) Professional references are available on request.
You may contact me by (email, phone, mobile). I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Attachments: Resume, samples, if applicable.
I wish you success in your job search.