"A few years ago, I was introduced to a PA that I will never forget: Maartje Smeenk. At the time, she was a distinguished PA to a CEO and an EVP at Medtronic Inc., the world's market leader in medical technology. I noticed how much work she managed to take off her CEO's and EVP's hands. A true business partner with a very high quality standard. When Maartje wanted to start her own business as a headhunter, specializing in first-class personal assistants to top-level executives, she asked for a sparring session together. From my role at the time as Managing Partner of KPMG Advisory NV in the Netherlands, I was also able to provide her with a number of challenging search assignments. The results were perfect; very satisfied executives and PA's. Each of them was an excellent match thanks to Maartje's sincere attention to both people and the business. To this day, it is still a joy to work with Maartje. We have regular meet-ups to exchange ideas. I can wholeheartedly recommend her to every corporate executive in the Netherlands who is looking for that one, first-class right-hand man or woman!"
Henk BergManaging Partner KPMG Advisory NV the Netherlands, 2000 - 2013, now Commissioner and Entrepreneur
“For a number of years I have been using the services of Maartje Smeenk from time to time in her capacity as the inspiring owner of Smeenk’s Personal Assistants. And to my great pleasure and satisfaction. Maartje has a beautiful working style. Giving additional advice is part of her natural attitude. 'Anyone who does good, meets well' is a perfect fit for her. Maartje knows how to match the right personal assistants with every manager and oganization. Flawlessly and substantively. It goes without saying that you come back to Maartje and together you build such a bond that the organization benefits structurally from it. Highly recommended!”
Mieke van den BroekIndependent Interim Chairman of the Board, Van den Broek-Hanskamp BV
"Maartje Smeenk is 'impeccable' and extremely diligent as a 'matchmaker'. This struck me, because I am not always used to this from the service sector. Maartje is super attentive. Congratulating someone or wishing them strength, it's a small effort, but it makes such a difference. Maartje can do that like no other and with her attention to detail and personal interest, her service fits our organization like a glove."
Adriana EsmeijerDirector Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, 2001-2020
"Maartje Smeenk excels in her enormous positive drive and enthusiasm to find the right PA for the right place. I have done several searches through her and every candidate fitted perfectly within the culture, had the perfect click and the right competencies to enable us to further excel as an organization. She really delivers custom work, super service and also after-sales service. It is exceptional to see how quickly, efficiently and extremely well-groomed Maartje succeeds every time in making candidates and clients happy. That is what it is all about. I can heartily recommend her."
Miranda HeiningGeneral Manager Fresenius Kabi Belgium & the Netherlands, 2008 - present
"Maartje Smeenk has guided my search for a new PA for Endoor in a very professional manner. Maartje distinguishes herself through a customized search process. Her working method is accurate, precise and customer-oriented. Her approach ensures well-matching candidates and she also helps prepare your interviews, the candidate’s on-boarding, communicates accurately throughout the procedure and arranges all necessary details to ensure a smooth process. Maartje introduced us to three very promising candidates and I have made my choice. Maartje is also very attentive and professional towards applicants. She asks for feedback herself and also provides constructive feedback, if functional. PA-search is in good hands with Maartje. She is very reliable, guarantees quality and also saves you a lot of work."
Eline HoltenManaging Director Endoor, 2018 - present
"I met Maartje Smeenk in early 2018 as a result of our placement for search for a new executive assistant for Van Wijnen BV. Her involvement, assistance and explicit interest in our wishes, needs and match surprised me both pleasantly and significantly. Maartje not only considered our wishes and needs, but also our profile and that of the candidates. This resulted in an excellent match. Thanks to her methods and approach, Maartje introduced us to three very promising candidates. Maartje invested a significant amount of time,energy and attention in our search. I can highly recommend Maartje to both clients and candidates!"
Peter ThijssenManaging Director Construction Van Wijnen Oost BV 2018 - 2019, now Director Realization Aedes Real Estate
"Maartje Smeenk is a powerful recruiter who succeeds every time in finding the right personal assistant. In a smart and dedicated manner. She is a master of the trade herself! She remains attentive and realizes a thorough preparation, excellent execution and aftercare for her customers. I appreciate her tireless, warm and professional attitude."
Linda WensinkChairman Executive Board Siriz, 2021 - present
"When I was looking for an executive assistant, Maartje helped us out perfectly. She is very pleasant to work with, very passionate about the assistant role and about her search for the right assistants for both executives and organizations.”
Kobi AmpomaTalent Acquisition Manager PVH Europe BV 2003 - 2019, now Talent Acquisition Lead Otrium
"My collaboration with Maartje Smeenk began in 2017 when I was looking for an executive assistant to support our growing business at PVH Europe BV, the global headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger and the European offices of Calvin Klein, both owned by PVH Corp., and with pleasure. She has proven to have great knowledge of the candidate market and through her experience, she is very well capable of replacing herself into the organizational needs to find the right person for the role. Maartje has a very consistent and effective working process in place and I am very much looking forward to working with her again in the future. Thanks again for everything!"
Inge de BlockLead Recruitment Business Partner PVH Europe BV 2015 - 2019, now Lead Recruitment Business Partner Wella
"Maartje Smeenk is a very experienced and thorough recruiter. She provides high service and quality for high service job openings. It was a pleasure to be interviewed by her and share some thoughts at the same time."
Monique SolleveldExperienced HR Officer
"At the beginning of 2020, I came into contact with Maartje Smeenk from Smeenk's Personal Assistants. What immediately struck me was that Maartje is very precise and personal in her work. She is really looking for the right match, the win-win situation for both the client and the candidate. She is extremely professional and service-oriented and at the same time a very good sparring partner with knowledge of business and the market."
Evangela AvlonitisOffice Manager Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics the Netherlands
"In 2018, I decided to register for an executive PA role with Smeenk’s Personal Assistants, because of an interesting and appealing position they advertised on LinkedIn. After a pleasant intake interview, Maartje Smeenk guided me perfectly throughout the application process. My experience is that Maartje stands for her clients and candidates and she does not hesitate to provide any feedback / coaching to both parties. Maartje does this in the interest of both her client and candidate. I have experienced her as professional, sincere, honest and positive and with a very accurate working process in place. I have experienced our collaboration as very positive and thanks to Maartje, I have been enjoying working with my current employer since January 2019."
Conny van HeerikhuizePA General Manager Fresenius Kabi Belgium & the Netherlands, 2019 - present
"In the first half of 2020, I applied for a great position that was open via Smeenk's Personal Assistants. Maartje Smeenk has guided me incredibly well. She is professional and comes across as very warm. She knows her profession exactly and executes with the utmost care. The personal approach makes you feel at ease during the procedure, and at the same time you also know exactly what is expected. Her advice was practical and realistic and therefore very valuable. Partly because of this, I now do what I have been wanting to do for many years. Thank you, Maartje!"
"In 2018, I came across a vacancy from Smeenk's Personal Assistants for a professional board assistant. I applied immediately and not much later Maartje Smeenk invited me to an introduction. She welcomed me warmly. Her open attitude, warmth and enthusiasm confirmed my confidence and we had a pleasant (job) interview. She introduced me and two other candidates to my current employer. Maartje is very professional and keeps appointments. Her guidance is good and I also appreciate her aftercare. Maartje is cordial, correct and warm. Because of her experience she knows how to find the right candidate for top-level executives and organizations. I still thank her proudly for introducing me to my current employer."
Dean de JongPA Chairman Executive Board De Sonneburgh, 2018 - present
"Maartje Smeenk is extremely professional to deal with. She is an expert and provides the right guidance and feedback during the application process. The contact with Maartje is pleasant and warm. Thank you for this!""
Maria op de LaakAssistant to Managing Director & Chairman Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, 2020 - present
"I can warmly recommend Smeenk's Personal Assistants to anyone who is looking for a professional PA. I have experienced Maartje Smeenk as a true professional. Expert, goal-oriented and empathetic are words that come to mind immediately. She sets the bar high, always with the customer's goal in mind. She is driven and enthusiastic, she searches for the best candidates. She made me walk new paths and I am grateful for this."
Erica van SonInterim PA Professional, now Management Assistant LiemersNovum
"I came into contact with Smeenk's Personal Assistants through an open vacancy. Maartje Smeenk contacted me upon my application and invited me to an interview. What immediately struck me was her personal approach which made me feel very comfortable. Maartje remained closely involved throughout the application process and we have maintained a pleasant contact since. Maartje truly practices her values: attention, focus and quality. Throughout. In addition to introducing me to her client, she also offered me coaching and a valuable masterclass. Super service and a very good aftercare that I highly appreciated. Now, two years later, I still have good contact with her. She is always there for her candidates and I can always contact her for advice. I am very grateful to her!"
"Maartje Smeenk is a professional recruiter with an admirable commercial instinct. She boosts the administrative support profession and provides assistants with the respect and distinction they deserve. While producing a series of 'assistant-executive' interviews for Maartje, I have spoken to many of her clients who are just as impressed by her approach as I am. So if you ever need a top-class assistant, call Maartje!"
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