The objective should be the second thing on your resume, right underneath the header of your name and phone number, and email address. It is your chance to make a first impression on a resume. It is a way to immediately distinguish yourself from all of the other candidates.
The key to writing a good objective is to pay attention to your potential employers desires and needs, rather than your own. Your resume is about you trying to sell yourself to them. It is your sales pitch, your marketing. The best way to write an objective is to really look at the job description, at the company and what they want. The objective on your resume should be tailored to each position you are applying to.
State the job position that you are applying to, and then put in traits that will catch the resume-reader's eye. Are you applying for a position as a manager in a big corporation, who will need an inspiring leader and someone who is dependable? Then your objective would be something like this:
Objective: A position as a manager in a dynamic corporation seeking a inspiring, responsible leader.
Or perhaps you are applying as a graphics designer for a growing advertising company? What kind of person would they need? Someone who can keep up with the pace, self-manage, and is creative? Then your objective would look like this:
Objective: A position as a graphics designer for a booming advertising company seeking an energetic, creative self-starter.
When applying for any position, it is always prudent to research one's potential employer. By learning about the company, and what their needs and desires are for what you are applying, you can write a great objective that will catch their eye. You are interested in meeting THEIR needs. That will make you stand apart from all of the other resumes. The worst thing you can do is to write resume and make it all about you... It is not all about you. It is about selling you, so that you can get a job. Navel-gazing objectives will not get you an interview, and the goal of a resume is to get an interview, to get a job. Show that you are knowledgeable about the company, the position, and what the position would need in terms of personal qualities. Writing that kind of objective is what is going to make your resume stand apart.