This might be obvious if you’ve played more than three times, but it always, always, always pays off to sweep an area for golden chests before picking your spot to fall. Circle the area as your glider deploys, check out the surrounding buildings, and take your time in choosing your drop. It doesn’t slow your descent down, and you’re stuck up there anyway.
If you don’t see any chests, pick a rooftop with a weapon on it, drop on the weapon, then run across the roof listening for a chest’s telltale hum. Break apart the floor where you hear the hum and you’ll drop right onto your very own arsenal.
If you still can’t find a chest, work your way through the building you’re in quickly and quietly. Don’t stop for gray weapons, keep an ear out for a chest’s hum, and move onto another building as fast as you can. Dropping into a poorly-spawned structure is a great way to get picked off early in the round.